February 13, 2020 Featuring guest speaker Ryan LeFebvre, the voice of the Kansas City Royals! Every guest will walk away with pastoral resources, including an assortment of books by ministry leaders and a scholarship for a Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway from Family Life. Attendees will also be entered to win some amazing prizes, such as a year worth…

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Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal on an outside swing

No one in his or her right mind would argue with the theology of Winnie-the-Pooh. The lovable bear has given us some of our greatest insights into life. Pooh said, “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love” and “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Such…

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man sitting at the base of a tree

Every church should have a sabbatical policy. The concept of sabbatical is rooted in Scripture. Every hard-working pastor who’s been at a church for a few years comes to the point where they need a sabbatical. Even secular businesses are beginning to see the need for sabbaticals. However, many churches have not thought through the…

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Church Discipline - PastorServe

“…you are not welcome in our gathered worship, you will not be admitted to the communion table, you will not be allowed to meet with your small group, nor with others in our church body…” These were the words I heard on a cold November day in 2013.  I heard these words from men I…

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Haiti Contrasts-PastorServe

The Gospel is full of contrasts – it is the weak who are strong, the poor who become rich, servants are great, those who lose their lives find them. So is Haiti. Most run from – Some run to Haiti reminded me of those vivid scenes from 911. Most run from disaster. A noble and…

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Encourage a Pastor - Don't Miss an Opportunity - PastorServe

I could have been there.  I should have been there.  But…I wasn’t there.  It’s the pain and regret of missed opportunities. Have you ever missed an opportunity?  Have you every looked back on a meeting you should have joined, a family gathering you should have made a priority or a pastor you should have encouraged…

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Stuck at a Crossroads? - PastorServe

It all started with thoughts of Haiti and an upcoming pastors conference in the spring. I read, looked at photos, and spoke with those who have already been. I was overwhelmed. Words come easily to me, but what could I possibly say to fill that bottomless pit of need? Some of us come from traditions…

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The chief means given to the church by the Lord to usher in the Kingdom of God is Prayer!  If this is true (and I believe it is), then why is prayer often our final alternative?  Why is it so often – “well, we’ve tried everything.  All we can do now is pray.” All we…

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Last month I recounted highlights from my conversation with Bob Burns, a St. Louis pastor, longtime friend and co-author of the new book – “Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving.” I found the book to be an affirmation of what we have done for the last fourteen years at PastorServe. A…

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What does it take to sustain lifelong pastoral excellence?  Why do people leave ministry when they feel called to ministry for a lifetime? Last month, I was privileged to sit down with Bob Burns, a longtime friend who serves as the Associate Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.  Bob and his team (co-authors…

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