When You Don’t Measure Up

I don’t measure up. That feeling stirs in my heart when I read the daunting biblical qualifications for church leaders. From one perspective, what the Lord asks of leaders isn’t very different from what he asks of every Christian. Who shouldn’t be gentle and hospitable? Who shouldn’t avoid the love of money? But “above reproach”Continue reading “When You Don’t Measure Up”

Remember the Mayflower

The summer of 1620 saw months of frustrating delays to the sailing of the Mayflower, but as they finally set sail from Plymouth on 16th September, the pilgrims on board looked hopefully to their destination. 2020 marks 400 years since that famous journey. The Story Many of those who sailed on the Mayflower hailed fromContinue reading “Remember the Mayflower”

Lessons from 50 Years of Ministry

Paul Beasley-Murray was ordained in 1970, later becoming Principal of Spurgeon’s College and Chairman of the College of Baptist Ministers. After five decades of fruitful ministry, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and has more than a thing or two he can share with other ministers. With that in mind, his latest book, 50Continue reading “Lessons from 50 Years of Ministry”

In 1 Year, This Is How the Church Will Look

I am not prophetic. And if I am prescient, it’s only because I have the incredible vantage point of hearing from tens of thousands of church leaders every year. While it is admittedly difficult to project trends in typical times, it is exceedingly difficult to do so in a time of pandemic headed for, hopefully,Continue reading “In 1 Year, This Is How the Church Will Look”

We Need You Martha

Every church needs a Martha. Change that. Every church needs a hundred Marthas. Sleeves rolled and ready, they keep the pace for the church. Because of Marthas, the church budget gets balanced, the church babies get bounced, and the church building gets built. You don’t appreciate Marthas until a Martha is missing, and then allContinue reading “We Need You Martha”

Lessons I Learned While Trying to Save the World

I am a chronic idealist. Our culture’s messages of “save the world,” “lean in” and “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) are metaphorically tattooed on my heart, fueling a million and a half dreams I have to help change the world for the better. As a twentysomething right out of college, I packed those dreams withContinue reading “Lessons I Learned While Trying to Save the World”