Category Archives: Thriving in Ministry

The Butterfly Effect Might Get You in 2016!

A New Year gives us opportunity to assess the past and look forward to the future.  As we do this, sometimes we get discouraged:  What impact is my life making?  That’s hard to measure because of the “Butterfly Effect.”

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What Does Your Life Look Like Going Forward?

We are headed to Pine Valley, CA for the 3rd Life Impact Staff Conference! We started LI in 2003 in our Oasis in Sunriver, OR.  Our goal was to strengthen missionaries for the work God called them to.  The needs … Continue reading

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America, Culture of Abundance or Scarcity?

This week in America we are celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Yet every day should be a “thanksgiving” day.  As the Apostle Paul said, “Give thanks always.”  We can look at the negative side of things and complain.  Or we can … Continue reading

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True Grit, Keep on Keeping on!

Ever feel like you are “flagging in zeal” in your ministry or vision?  Motivation is a big issue to keep going.  Jon Gordon says another factor in finishing strong is True Grit.  In this blog post are his good thoughts … Continue reading

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When Unmet Expectations Slam Us!

When we move into ministry, we have expectations, often subconscious.  Then we hit the wall and many of those are shattered.  This experience turns our world upside down — we are no longer in control.  Ever have that happen to … Continue reading

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Are You “Out-of-Balance” in Your Life?

Does it seem for you, life goes out of balance quickly?  I know that’s what happens to me.  In my case, multi-tasking is a myth.  I can focus well on only one thing at a time and if I’m motivated … Continue reading

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Do We Need to Learn Their Language?

For Americans, especially yours truly, learning another language is one of those major challenges of life you take on with zeal — at the beginning.  And then after the hard work sets in to accomplish that task, you start flagging … Continue reading

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Those Unending Details are Ruining My Life!

Are you ever sick and tired of your do-list of details?  If you are a relational person you probably hate the little things that must be done.  If you are an administrative type like me, the details challenge, but can … Continue reading

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What is the Pattern Among Fallen Pastors?

Anytime someone falls into moral failure, it’s a punch in the gut for all of us.  And we are all vulnerable to that possibility, depending on several factors. In this post by Garrett Kell, a study by the late Dr. … Continue reading

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How Can Churches Handle Transparency of Missionaries?

One characteristic of the “millennial generation” is there wonderful transparency,  authenticity, and honesty.  Today there are a number of great blogs out there from younger missionaries sharing their open insights and hearts about life in missions today.  Here’s one from … Continue reading

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