Mother’s Day Sermons: Yes or No?

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 (2022), let me say it even more strongly, “You’d better!”

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

By |2022-05-01T16:40:08-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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

End The Year Strong! Resources to Help Your Church

I do not remember exactly what I was saying on Saturday when the picture above was taken, but I was clearly animated! (Please no caption contests!)

In any event, I had a great time speaking at the Anglican Diocese of the South Mission Matters 2019 Conference and Synod this past weekend. I spoke with numerous Rectors who are using

By |2019-11-13T14:40:09-06:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

What They are Saying about Pentecost

“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.”

– J. Hudson Taylor

“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, […]

By |2019-06-07T13:10:56-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Ten Thoughts for the Mother’s Day Sermon

Motherhood is one of the most fundamental human roles, given by God and knit into our DNA.

Hallmark’s calendar doesn’t dictate our preaching, but this particular holiday seems worth some attention.

Some Mother’s Day Sermon tips are listed below and can be developed into whole sermons; others are just words of advice. Use this list to re-imagine how you could approach this […]

Pastors, Come to England this Spring! (April 22 – May 1, 2019)

“A week to experience England? Right after Easter? In 2019? Are you kidding me? Perfect! I’m in!

Those were about the words I spoke late last year when the travel agency called me.

I loved the idea…especially for clergy. It is perfect! Why? Because so many of our new clergy do not come from Anglican backgrounds.

Instead (and most impressively), they have read, […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:02-06:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About Advent

No doubt, you have plenty of resources for your church during Advent. Still, I thought you might benefit from this little quote collection I compiled during sermon preparation and study over the years. I wish you a blessed beginning to this season of expectancy. Enjoy!

(Note: To learn more about Advent and how to observe it at home with family and […]

By |2020-10-27T10:39:49-05:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments

A Story of Faithfulness from the Bayou: A Presbyterian/Anglican Church Merger

Here’s the incredible end of the story: A Presbyterian church merges with an Anglican church.

When I came to Lafayette, Louisiana to talk to the leadership of Trinity Anglican Church about strategy and mission, I only knew a few details of the remarkable work that God had been doing in and for these people. I left blown […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:22-06:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |2 Comments

How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 2)

These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass.

But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss.

Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given you enough to open a dialogue. […]

3 Prayers to Pray During the Election

Because it’s election season here in the United States, I thought I’d share the following prayer I composed for the election:

Lord God, Almighty Father: Watch over our nation in these times. Casting a ballot is a privilege given to us by our Constitution and secured for us by citizens and patriots, past and present. May we exercise this […]

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records? The Senior Pastor (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 1)

They are not easy at first. They are ‘off-putting’, to use a colloquium. Or tacky. When the subjects come up, you can see everyone squirm in their seats. We wish we could just avoid them. But there are five of them that need to happen pretty routinely.

What I am talking about? Awkward questions like the following:

  1. Who should have access to […]
By |2019-10-24T08:00:37-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Video: Ministry in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Last January, John and Ashley Wallace joined us on our clergy orientation trip to Israel. It’s always wonderful to meet young clergy families who are dedicated to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Church. None of us could have imagined how intense that work would become only 9 months later.

When Hurricane Michael […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:33-06:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4 Ways to Help 4 Different Generations Give Generously

Talking about generosity in the church is always a balancing act between faithful theological and pastoral instruction on the one hand and practical, applied communication on the other. You’ve got to look at the subject from 40,000 feet while keeping your boots firmly planted on the ground.

In Giving Up, I’ve tried to walk this line, outlining generosity as the heart […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:35-06:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Ways to End the Year on a Generous Note at Your Church

On this blog, I try to provide tactical advice on growing generosity in the church.

Every church leader knows that giving is especially vital as the year winds to a close.

(To learn 3 things from your yearly church budget shortfall, click here.)

The end may be nigh upon us, but there is no need to feel like you are scrambling to […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:36-06:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Does Anyone Know Where Amanda Is?

The images are stark and scary, like something from an apocalyptic movie.  Devastation. Hurricane Michael has cost so many people so much: the loss of human life, material property, businesses, family homes, rentals, and even entire communities.  We must surely pray for them.

But we can do more than prayer. We can help them recover.  Through the ministry of the Anglican Church in […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:38-06:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

A Prayer for Those in the Path of the Storm

As you’re probably well aware, the 2018 hurricane season has been quite active (in both the Atlantic and the Pacific).

When faced with natural disasters, it can often be difficult to know what/how to pray. That’s why I’d like to share this “Hurricane Prayer” that I came across over at America: The Jesuit Review.

Here’s how the prayer begins:

God […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:41-06:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Three Thoughts About That Church Budget Shortfall

I regularly visit churches around the country and about this time of year, a new, semi-liturgical ceremony begins around the church budget. (I participated in it myself during my three decades in ministry. It became something totally normal for me; it’s only now that I’m in the pews most Sundays that I’ve realized how odd this little ritual is.)

It usually begins […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:42-06:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Zagginess of Holiness

When I was writing Giving Up, I discovered an unlikely source of insight in Zag: The Number One Strategy of High Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier.

The foundational principle is that successful brands don’t follow the crowd—they don’t look at the leaders in the marketplace and try to latch on and say “Me too!” Instead, when everyone else zigs, […]

By |2020-05-22T15:48:08-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Build Your Generosity and Stewardship Emphasis This Fall

Pastors, it’s not too late to plan an emphasis on stewardship and generosity this fall. But it is almost too late.

Leading a church in this area takes intentionality and courage. Some pastors have such an allergy to the topic of giving that they don’t bring it up until it’s too late. Waiting until the end-of-the-year […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:47-06:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

LeaderWorks Update with Pictures!!!

It has been about two years since I left my position at Christ Church to begin this new ministry to help other leaders do their work. Many people have asked me why I would do such a thing. My first answer is simple: A Call. I believe that I heard from God. I sensed that it was time […]

By |2019-03-01T14:32:07-06:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Funny You Said That: Stewardship and Humor (Giving, Part 3)

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work.

Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. The topic of stewardship and giving is not an easy one to speak about. It makes some people feel very uncomfortable. Both speaker and listener share long moments of angst when the topic is raised […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:52-06:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Preaching|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

10 Habits for a Generous Church (Giving, Part 2)

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work.

As I wrote in part one of this series, a church without adequate resources will soon see their visions become vapors. Money feeds momentum. It is a sign of commitment, involvement, trust, hope, and even worship unto the Lord! It is good to talk about!

That is why developing a culture […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:54-06:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Stewardship, Giving, and the Third Rail (Giving, Part 1)

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work.

A third rail is the high voltage power line that runs along a subway train. It is the one you are warned NOT to touch. It powers the train. But don’t touch it. It makes everything go, but if you touch it, it might kill you. Zap! Shock!

For some congregations, the topics of stewardship […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:55-06:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Announcing a New Partnership between Anglican Pastor and LeaderWorks!

You may have noticed some changes here at Anglican Pastor over the past few weeks. That’s because an exciting partnership is in the works between Anglican Pastor and LeaderWorks—a ministry of David Roseberry that helps Anglican leaders do their work.

Anglican Pastor is, of course, your Anglican pastor online. Together, LeaderWorks and Anglican Pastor are here to serve and support […]

By |2018-08-31T11:40:53-05:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments