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Approaching 2021 as an Anglican Church Leader: Will Things Ever Be Normal Again?

When will we be back to some kind of normal?

Generally, January is annual report time for Anglican Churches. Most churches will have an annual meeting to update the congregation on the past year and the plan for this year. Budgets will be discussed. Vestry members (or parish council members) will be elected. ACNA parishes will fill out their congregational report […]

By |2021-01-13T14:12:23-06:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |0 Comments

9 Best Practices for Your Church Vestry

It is that time of year when new Vestry members are elected, selected, and then seated as their congregation’s leadership board. Usually, there is an outgoing class of three or four making up one-third of the total Vestry. And of course, after the election or selection process in a parish, there is an incoming class of three or four.

That is […]

By |2021-01-05T11:37:32-06:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Pastor, Do You Need a Coach? Consider Missional Formation Coaching

The Pandemic Pastor

Ministry life can be overwhelming at any time, but with a pandemic, the pressure is even greater. I’ve been working with pastors as a canon for the past eight years, but this past year has been the most stressful for pastors I’ve ever seen.

When I experienced burnout ten years ago, I had many supporters who helped me find […]

By |2020-12-21T16:29:20-06:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

12 Challenges of the Christmas Eve Service

Even if your shopping is complete and the gifts are wrapped, the pastor knows that there is one more thing to do before Christmas morning. Hold Christmas Eve Services.

Whether you are preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, leading the prayers, singing the carols, handing out bulletins, or greeting people at the door, it is a big moment in the annual life cycle […]

By |2020-12-23T16:16:54-06:00December 13th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The “Perfect” Christmas Eve Sermon??

Christmas Eve is rough on preachers; at least for this one.

The atmosphere for a truly great sermon is all there: scenery, families, music, lighting, Scripture, attendance, joy, and a holy hope in every heart and on every face. But my Christmas Eve sermons (33 and counting) are never equal to this setting. They always seem weak […]

By |2020-12-14T16:49:55-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, History, Preaching|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Rector, NEVER Do These 5 Things at the End of the Year!

Let’s say it is December 10th, and you (the Rector) and your Vestry are sitting down to review the giving to date and the giving needed at the end of the year to pay all the bills. Suddenly, you realize that there will be a HUGE deficit at the end of the year. The Vestry […]

By |2021-01-07T14:16:30-06:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |4 Comments

How to Pastor Converts from Islam: An Interview with Duane Miller about His New Book, “I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name”

The following is an interview with Anglican Compass author Duane Miller about his new book, I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name: Pastoral Care for Christ’s Converts from Islam.


How might this book help an Anglican pastor on the ground in ministry?

Anglican churches, schools, […]

By |2020-11-27T11:16:47-06:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Getting Ready for 2021 with The Evergreen Project

Getting Ready for 2021

End the Year Strong is a new resource from the Evergreen Project! You can download it for free on The Evergreen Project website. Getting ready for 2021 is vital for wrapping up 2020. Start looking ahead now. Spend some time praying and dreaming! In May of 2020, Tim Keller did a webinar with Francis Collins through […]

By |2020-11-24T11:31:55-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments

End the Year Strong from the Evergreen Project

Take Stock of 2020

The Evergreen Project began precisely to help churches grow for the kind of difficult days we have faced together in 2020. It is the hope of Archbishop Foley Beach and founders of this movement to help churches become “evergreen,” that is, green at all times. You have probably learned a lot about your congregation […]

By |2020-11-24T11:15:58-06:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (Review)

“Sermons aren’t commentaries, sermons are events” (14).

This statement from J. Brandon Meeks encapsulates the message of his new book, The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (affiliate link). This collection of essays possesses rich reflection on preaching from a brilliant man. To me, The Foolishness of God is a […]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Churches, Make Sure You Get Generosity & Stewardship Right!

Do you know about The Evergreen Project?

The Evergreen Project is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America to help pastors and congregations grow in generosity and stewardship ministry. The main work of the Evergreen Project is collecting, creating, and curating the best resources for a thriving church.

By |2020-09-08T11:28:03-05:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Generosity|Tags: |0 Comments

Don’t Sacrifice Your Anglican Youth Ministry on the Altar of Accessibility

When most of us think of “youth ministry,” there are usually several classic images that come to mind: goofy games, contemporary worship music with lots of energy, young youth ministers with cool clothes, and big summer church camps. While these things can be good (and I’m sure a lot of us have plenty of nostalgic youth group memories […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:50-06:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Putting Our Worship to Work: How the Pandemic Can Renew Our Relationship with Church

One summer during college I thought it would be fun to sew a dress for myself. I only succeeded because my grandmother intervened to rescue the project. Her generation still had a muscle memory for homegrown and homemade goods. I grew up shopping for what I needed. Our consumer economy trains us to buy, not to make.    

By |2020-08-11T10:16:42-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Teach Youth Hard Stuff: Why You Should Strive for Deep and Difficult Content in Your Student Ministry

Kids aren’t stupid. Today’s teenagers face more pressure to learn well and succeed academically than ever before. AP and IB programs around the country treat high school students like college students in the amount and difficulty level of the work assigned to them.

Outside of the classroom, students are exposed to a host of heavy and difficult concepts in the news, […]

By |2020-08-06T17:29:06-05:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |1 Comment

Contemplative Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

We are living in some of the most challenging times the church has faced in recent decades. If truth be told, many leaders find themselves at a loss in times of crisis. One thing is for sure; we live in a different world than we did a few months ago, and things probably will never go back to the way […]

By |2020-07-27T14:13:37-05:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

Quality Pastoral Care: A Layperson’s Perspective

What does quality pastoral care look like? How many pastors, priests, and deacons receive training that adequately equips them to aid healing rather than add new wounds to the emotional and spiritual lives of people in their care?

As a priest’s wife and an observer by nature, I could offer a little perspective. But as someone who has experienced dire need […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:59-06:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

The COVID Crisis: A Terrible Thing to Waste

If your church is just riding out the pandemic, hoping that you can get back to normal, you are missing the opportunity of the century to reimagine the ministry of your congregation for the century ahead.

The main activity of every congregation has been upended. Sunday worship, which has been the core of church life for 2000 in most places, is […]

By |2020-07-27T16:04:53-05:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

7 Leadership Essentials for Navigating a Strange New World

We live in a strange world where things like pandemics and protests seem to be the new norm. Since March 2020, the world has radically changed and will continue to change in the coming days ahead. Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard describe the effects of COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard, winter, and the beginning of […]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:12-05:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

The Next Normal? Not So Fast (COVID-19 Final Resource Roundup)

Early on in the midst of this global pandemic, Ed Stetzer told us to think about the next few months like an accordion. He predicted multiple phases of expanding and contracting in terms of our ability to gather in-person. We are beginning to see this accordion effect. The U. S. News & World Report ran an article Monday morning […]

By |2020-06-30T11:28:51-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reading the Bible with the Caroline Divines: 4 Homiletical Takeaways

In the shadows cast by the early English reformers (such as Cramner and Hooker) on the one side, and the giants of Anglican theology since the 18th century on the other, sits the rich trove of Anglican theologians and devotional writers known collectively as the Caroline Divines.

Caroline” (derived from the Latin version of the name “Charles”) is the term given […]

By |2021-01-07T14:20:11-06:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

5 Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

It’s been an exhausting week. You spent much of it at the hospital, praying for a dying Christian, giving comfort to a grieving family. You missed time with your own family to be a pastor to the parish. You sat with a beloved parishioner’s children as they argued over how they wanted the funeral and burial to go. […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:56-06:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 Essential Elements of Missional Leadership

Leading a church through the changes required for missional living is seriously complex work.

Many people, understandably, are fearful of the disruption taking place in our culture. With political and racial tensions reaching new heights in our communities, neighbors now see one another as enemies. Having any sort of conversation, let alone a faith conversation, puts people on edge.

But because missional […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:41-06:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |1 Comment

Regaining Rhythm? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

The last few months have been incredibly disruptive. We have all been navigating a global pandemic. Now, we are navigating phases of COVID-19 recovery (and possible resurgences) alongside renewed conversations about race and justice amidst social unrest.

As we move into the Summer, many congregations are regaining some sort of rhythm as they begin regathering. We have also noticed a “Summer […]

By |2020-06-23T10:07:39-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments
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