Read “The Rector and the Vestry,” A Guide for Rectors, Wardens, and Vestry Members

It took about 3 months to finish this one phone call. When I was done, I had written a book called The Rector and the Vestry. It is available on Amazon.

In November of 2019, I was speaking with a friend and colleague in ministry. He is the Rector of a small but growing […]

By |2021-05-06T17:23:59-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Mother’s Day Sermons: Yes or No? (UPDATED 2021)

Mother’s Day sermons, at least in certain circles, can be a bit controversial. After all, Mother’s Day is not liturgical holiday, an official part of the Church calendar.

So, should you preach Mother’s Day sermons? In a word, yes. This year (2021), let me say it even more strongly, “You’d better!”

(For all of our Anglican Compas content on preaching, […]

By |2021-05-04T09:32:43-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Healthy Systems, Healthy Churches: 6 Systems of an Anglican Congregation

In college, I was a medical technology major for about a semester. During the school year, I found a low-paying job at the local hospital to work in the lab as a helper. One morning, I met a pathologist who invited me to come to help with an autopsy. So I did.

That was my […]

By |2021-01-21T12:32:56-06:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 Comments

Pastors and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Nonviolence

Pastors often struggle to discern how to advocate for social change when public advocacy is so fraught with the possibilities of violence, division, and partisan power.

Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, led a movement for social change in racial inequality and oppression, poverty injustice, and unjust warfare. He did so as a pastor and leader and his decision to lead […]

By |2021-01-18T08:31:15-06:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

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: |1 Comment

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: , |2 Comments

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
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