We are now down to TWO DAYS before movers show up and haul out the last of our worldly possessions. Tomorrow… Sunday… I get the privilege of preaching one last time at Heights Church. I have talked about how I have loved the city where I was able to live the past 20 years. ButContinue reading “Some last words”
There is one couple who has been a constant in ministry my whole adult life in training for ministry and then ministry. As we have our “last suppers” with friends here in Minnesota, we said goodbye to my spiritual father.
Today is my last day as pastor of Heights Church. It’s been a nearly 20 year journey in a place I have loved deeply.
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. (Ps. 115:3, NIV)
I love pastoring and I love the place where I pastor. A day arrived I didn’t think would come this soon, even though “soon” means 19 years of ministry in one place.
I have held to what I call a “theology of place.” I minister in a physical place. I don’t minister in theory. I try to minister in reality. That has to do with where I am.
Some thoughts on spiritual leadership from 2 Timothy. Before, I looked at the prayer life of a spiritual leader, and the encouragement of a spiritual leader. Spiritual leaders should also live as “Exhibit A.” Spiritual leaders don’t “teach” the way. They show the way.
I am reflecting on some key principles of spiritual leadership as I reflected on 2 Timothy last week in a personal retreat. The first key was prayer. The second principle is encouragement. Paul was one to call out spiritual gifts and help develop those gifts in others.
On a retreat this past week, the Lord walked me through several New Testament letters, but he had me plant myself in 2 Timothy the most. There are some great thoughts on spiritual leadership I will build on. To be honest, it was also a brutal walk through a letter for me. It was personalContinue reading “Spiritual Leadership — The Prayer Life”