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Barry Howard

When your church searches for your next pastor, are you making a hire or extending a call? There are distinct differences. Vocational ministry is a unique calling. These 5 traits will help you establish a healthy call process. […] Read More

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