The Dangers of Externalized Ministry
Ministry comes with a nearly constant danger of externalizing and professionalizing the work. Jim explores how to keep that work personal and authentic.
A Commitment to Living with Joy
Why is joy so hard to hold on to and why is it so important? Pastor Jim explores the seventh and final of his personal commitments—living joyfully.
Curiosity and a Commitment to Learning
Pastor Jim describes his commitment to love learning as we talk books, education, and hobbies.
Why Change Can Feel Too Risky
Pastor Jim explores the topic of change and why taking risks can leave us feeling stuck and nostalgic.
Taking Responsibility and the Risk of Unresolved Anger
Do I acknowledge my mistakes or am I always blaming others and using the pulpit to vent my unresolved anger?
Learning To Be Yourself
Too often our sense of identity is driven by comparison. Jim explains the importance of thinking theologically about who you are.
The Importance of Personal Integrity
Why is integrity so critical for a healthy life and ministry and why are secrets so destructive?
Making Personal Commitments: Know God
Jim explains how he developed his seven personal commitment and discusses the first, know God.
Is it wrong to want more influence?
What is the pastor's relationship to influence and should we be attempting to grow it?
What is Spiritual Leadership?
Pastor Jim unpacks his definition of spiritual leadership: “walking in the Spirit’s life, making and keeping life commitments, earning trust, demanding little for ourselves, and lifting others up.”
Faith For the Future of Your Church
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim describes his commitment to beliving in the future with his congregation. Jim draws a distinction between strategic planning and believing together.
People-Centered and Team-Based
It's easy to get lost in the leadership vocabulary and technique and forget the core of loving people.
COVID and the Future of the Church
What kind of long-term impact will the COVID crisis have on churches and the way we do ministry?
Navigating Conspiracies, Politics, and Diverse Opinions
How should the church worship in the midst of deep divisions, growing controversies, and opinions?
How to Make Good Decisions During a Crisis?
In today's episode, Jim and I discuss how to make good decisions during a crisis and how to avoid decision fatigue.
Discussing the Personal Impacts of COVID19
COVID19 has changed so much about pastoral ministry but how are those changes impacting ministers personally. In this episode, we take a look at the signs of stress, anxiety, and decision fatigue.
Dealing with Expectations and Disappointment
In this episode, Jim describes the reality of pastoral disappointment. Pastors not only feel disappointment, but they also inflict it on others. It's a reality that frames the work we do as pastors.
The Risk of Growing A Church While Not Growing As A Person
Jim outlines the second of his five pastoral commitments: be a growing person. There are risks in basing your leadership on outward responsibilities and perceptions. A leader must be constantly giving attention to personal growth.
What We’re Missing in our Conversations About Leadership
For several decades the church has given a lot of attention to the topic of leadership. There are conferences, podcasts, books, and academic programs all helping pastors become better leaders. In this episode, we discuss the pastoral interest in leadership and what might be missing from those conversations.
Vocation and Sensing A Call to Ministry
A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering is not a typical preparation for pastoral ministry, but God often prepares us in unexpected ways. In this episode, Jim discusses his own path to ministry and how each of us can process our own vocational calligns.
An Introduction to the Podcast
What we hope this podcast will be is a wide-ranging series of conversations to help you grow as a person and as a spiritual leader. In this first episode, we take a few moments to introduce one another and introduce you to what’s to come.