Church Employment Articles

  • 5 Roadblocks of Good Leadership

    by Ron Edmondson
    I was in a hurry to get to a meeting across town and traffic was horrible. I decided to take a shortcut. I had been the new way only one other time, but remembered it well enough to believe it would be faster. I turned several streets to navigate through a subdivision, back on to a main road, and then through another subdivision. Just as I was about to get to the road I needed to be on the road was permanently closed to through traffic. It had apparently ...   Read More
  • The Most Respectable Sin in the Christian Community

    by David Murray
    Workaholism is probably the most respectable sin in the Christian community, and maybe especially among pastors. In this Harvard Business Review podcast (and transcript) Nancy Rothbard, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, “draws a distinction between workaholism and working long hours. She explains the health consequences of being addicted to your work. She also gives practical ...   Read More
  • 7 Tidbits of Advice For Young Pastors

    by Ron Edmondson
    I started in ministry much later in life. I was 38 when I began vocational ministry. The experience I gained in the business world has helped me greatly in ministry. One thing I love doing in ministry is investing in young pastors; especially those who may not have previous leadership experience- and are teachable. And, I’m encouraged by what I see in this generation of pastors entering church work. They want to learn and grow from ...   Read More
  • What It Means to Be a Follower at Work

    by Johny Garner
    Following God at Work Means Following… Your Boss? There’s a lot of talk about what makes a good leader. An Amazon search of “leadership books” revealed over 200,000 results. We hear so much about business, political, and inspirational leaders. When a failing business turns around and becomes successful, we attribute that success to a great plan executed by a heroic leader. Too much focus on leaders lets us forget that leaders ...   Read More
  • 7 Small Changes That Produce Huge Results

    by Ron Edmondson
    Sometimes the smallest changes reap the biggest results. Over the years I’ve come to realize I’ve often done things the wrong way. I’ve tried to make huge changes in my life only to quickly fail. I didn’t keep going. I stopped. Overwhelmed. I tried to change too much too soon. It didn’t work. What I have learned is that when small changes are repeated over time not only are they easier to implement, but they tend to ...   Read More
  • 4 Ways to Have Confidence in Your Calling

    by Luke McElroy
    You’ve probably seen this statistic floating around Facebook recently. The statistic read: 97% of pastors have been betrayed or accused by their trusted friends. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the source of this study, so for all I know, it could be entirely made up. But it did get me thinking, even if this statistic is only half true, that means there’s a lot of uncertainty and doubt that surrounds pastors with it comes to the confidence ...   Read More
  • 7 Reasons We Avoid Progress

    by Ron Edmondson
    We have to be very careful with progress. Progress can be fun. Most leaders want to see progress. Most people do, also. But, as much as we may want – and need – progress, there are reasons we naturally tend to avoid it. Here are 7 reasons we avoid progress: It stretches us – Progress always takes us in areas we’ve never been before. I recently hired a personal trainer. We spend a lot of time stretching. If you stretch ...   Read More
  • Don’t Just Do Something…Stand There!

    by Matthew Pryor
    Some years back, I was meeting with my accountability group at Panera, as was the normal Monday morning ritual. While we were talking, we heard a muffled crash followed by a loud "thump!" We looked over and a man who was likely in his mid-60s had tripped and fallen, knocking his head against the metal frame of the commercial grade windows. As some people rushed to the man's assistance, I blurted out to Greg, one of my accountability partners, "You're ...   Read More
  • The 4 Elements of Courage

    by Daniel Darling
    I recently finished a sermon series in the book of 1 Peter. It's a remarkable book, really. Peter addresses the Church and reminds them they are exiles, they are temporary residents of this world. They belong to another Kingdom, the Kingdom of Christ. At the end of 1 Peter, the apostle closes with a stirring call to courage. You will notice in the text the words, “stand firm” and “be firm.” He encourages the ...   Read More
  • 5 Things You Need to Know about Finding a Mentor

    by Russell Moore
    I often hear from Christians who want to find a mentor, but aren’t sure how to go about that. Often these believers know they would benefit from this kind of relationship, but they don’t know how it starts or what they should be doing. Here is some guidance on finding a mentor:   1. Don’t ask someone to mentor you. Don’t misread me to be suggesting that you shouldn’t seek out a mentor. I’m not saying that. ...   Read More