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Barry Howard

Your Advent journey goes beyond what happens at your church services. It’s a season to prepare your heart, mind and soul for the coming of Christ. Many ways exist to enrich your family’s Advent celebration. […] Read More

Stress, burnout and mental fatigue are causing even some of the most devout ministers to leave ministry. In particular, ministers must practice good mental health. These 5 areas will stress a pastor’s mental and emotional health. […] Read More

Like a wind powering a sailboat on the ocean, the Holy Spirit steers us toward a lifestyle of service and simplicity, keeps us grounded in grace and helps us navigate the diminishing and emerging expressions of church. […] Read More

Some folks weaponize, politicize and romanticize the Bible by cutting and pasting select verses. If you want to be a truly devoted follower of Jesus, read – or listen – to the entire Bible. And don’t skip the difficult passages. […] Read More

To bless your ministers and promote their health and well-being, you should encourage your pastor and ministerial staff to take at least one extra day off this week. In fact, insist on it. […] Read More

The grounds at Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament, are a rare combination of botanical gardens, nature preserve and golf course. Churches can learn valuable insights from this innovative organization. […] Read More

A new trend is emerging among churches seeking senior pastors. Pastor search committees are discovering that experienced associate pastors and ministry residents are prime candidates for their consideration. […] Read More

Once a powerful storm like Hurricane Michael passes, residents face a haunting reality that life will never be the same. Here are 7 truths for those who must rebuild after the storm. […] Read More

I had the privilege of serving in two distinguished military communities during my years as a pastor. And I continue to share life with those who currently serve or have valiantly served our country. In recent days, I have enjoyed conversations with multiple military chaplains, I have officiated a wedding for a naval aviator, I […] Read More

Christmas is always on Dec. 25. Why is Easter not on the same date every year? This year, for the first time since 1956, Easter comes on April 1, creating a curious juxtaposition of sorts. Next year, Easter will be celebrated on April 21, just as the redbuds, dogwoods and azaleas are beginning to bloom. […] Read More