When I first signed up to be a pastor it was with a sense of excitement, anticipation and commitment to a call to ministry – recovering the lost, making disciples, caring for souls, partnering with Jesus, making a difference for God’s kingdom. But along the...

As I’ve been preparing a teaching on the subject of power encounters, I’ve had a pastoral concern: How to handle them in light of the inclination of some believers to drift away from genuine, credible gospel living into sensationalism. So I thought I’d write about...

I recently had coffee with a pastor who was bemoaning the fact that his congregation was stuck in the doldrums. He complained to me about their absence passion and lack of motivation which he blamed this on busyness and the lack of margin in their...

Since transitioning away from the pastorate four years ago, I’ve had a lot more time to sit, pray and think. I have conversations with myself. That’s right, I talk to myself a lot. My former self – the younger, inner city, small church Pastor Mike...

“The Christian life is not an accomplishment or an achievement, it’s a gift by the one who is able to give good gifts.”~ Walter Brueggemann   The thing is, this all depends on our receiving – upon us accepting that everything originates with and is initiated by...

A few years ago, substandard construction was found to have triggered a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh. It housed four factories, some shops and a bank. Over one hundred and fifty people died, more than a thousand were injured, countless survivors were trapped, buried beneath...

Spiritual leaders see differently. I think one of the most important attributes of a spiritual leader is the ability to see. They see things others don’t because they have what I’m calling leader-vision. Jesus saw things differently. He saw the world differently. He saw life...

I know I might be stepping on some toes with this post but… Pastor, suppose you fed your family a steady diet of pre-packaged frozen TV dinners. After all they’re made for our ultra-busy lifestyles. They’re cheap, convenient, and require little preparation. But they’re not...

At the risk of being too simple, I’d say successful church planting boils down to being the right person in the right place following God’s Spirit at the right time. Yet surprisingly the essential dimension of the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit is...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JfjDXCuono&feature=youtu.be In this video cast Mike shares what married spiritual leaders with families should focus their  primary ministry on if they expect to last over the long haul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XELWxMnyu6Q...