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Death, Loss, & the Pandemic

There was no way we could have known what a difficult year this would be when we first heard about COVID-19 a year ago when the first case popped up in Seattle. As I am writing this, that was a year ago this week, and like other flu-like viruses we have encountered,...

Staying in the “Pastoral” Game

One of my early goals in ministry was to survive. I grew up the child of a pastor. Growing up, I had seen pastors come, and pastors go for so many different reasons. When my wife and I began serving in a church setting, I knew I wanted to outlast, outwit, and outplay...

The Enneagram & Emotional Health

The past few weeks, we have explored the Enneagram and the pastor and the church. This week we want to step back and explore how the enneagram can be a tool to help you move toward emotional health. As a pastor, the lack of emotional health is really easy to see in...

The Enneagram & the Church

The enneagram showed up in my pastoral life just at the right time. God used the enneagram to help me understand myself better and expose some emotional and spiritual areas of my life that needed attention. When we planted Greenville Community Church in 2018, we...

The Enneagram & the Pastor

Five years ago, I hit a wall. I had navigated ministry in several high impact churches. I had led through times of deep pain and loss. I had also seen God do incredible things in the churches where I served, but it was difficult to celebrate see the good things in the...

Reclaiming Gratitude

2020 has made it really difficult to be grateful for many ministry leaders. Most of us are limping into the Thanksgiving holiday. We see round 2 of COVID-19 cases impact our communities and churches. Most of us are really tired. Most of us have experienced painful...