Every Sunday Is A Retreat

Maybe each Sunday is its own unique event that can’t depend on prior experience or future commitment to make sense and create an impact for participants. This week’s worship service, this week’s youth group gathering, may be the only one some people attend for a month, for a season. We’d better make it count. Making it count […]

March On

Ministry is a march sometimes. There are entire seasons in which the strain of next week pulls at you before any relief for completing this week can be enjoyed. Then, you keep putting one foot in front of the other. March on, and be grateful, at least, that the ground beneath you isn’t shifting and that it […]

Christendom Is Over

A wedding story. Rather, a wedding rehearsal story. The groom is sweaty. The bride is giggly. Though they’re both older than me, they are perpetual movement. I’ve met them once, months ago, and throughout our appointment I recall that their hands were never not on one another. We’re practicing the part in the service when the […]

I Can’t Not Blog About The Election Anymore

Don’t blog about the election. Don’t blog about the election. Don’t blog about the election. I’ve been fighting this prohibition for weeks. This blog is a space for me to think and engage in conversation about leadership and the church, and I fear nothing takes the knees out from under such a project as effectively […]

A Longer Master Project List Is Not A Better Master Project List

A staple of Getting Things Done is the Master Project List, that compilation of everything you’re working on that requires multiple steps to complete. Planning the junior high lock-in belongs on the Master Project List, because it requires multiple tasks: designing the flyer, recruiting volunteers, building the schedule, and so on. I’ve maintained a Master Project […]

Have You Listened To Your Podcast Today?

Now that I have a healthy commute six days a week, I’m listening to a lot of audio on the train: Spotify, Audible, and, most of the time, podcasts (using Pocket Casts for Android). These are the shows in my rotation at present. The Fivethiryeight Elections Podcast Song Exploder The Weeds Podcast Revisionist History StartUp […]