Here are five articles from my Evernote archives, with the year they were first published in parentheses. Since blog posts pass by our attention and tend to fade into obscurity pretty fast, I thought it might be helpful to resurrect some helpful posts I’ve encountered along the way.

Before I list links to the articles I’ve collected this week, let me pause for a brief commercial. I returned to pastoral ministry last past week and have met some great people, including those I will be working with. One of them is the very talented Melanie Trammell-Wenger. I’ll let Melanie take it from here:

Hi! I’m Melanie – I redesign websites for world changers. I’m the one you call when you have big, gnarly problems that hinder putting your website to work for your mission. Through User Experience Consulting we can:

● Identify the website’s pain points
● Point to what the site should be like
● Illuminate how we get there

Reach out today to get unstuck and back on track!

If there is any area of church ministry where the pull to be “relevant” is strongest, I would guess it would be youth ministry. Most youth pastors and leaders probably wrestle with the question of what to teach. This article provides some helpful tools to arrive at answers. (2011)

It’s easy to talk about the weather, sports, kids, what’s going on in the world. It’s not easy for many of us to talk about our relationship with God, our points of failure and growth, what we’re learning in Scripture, etc. Bobby Jamieson wrote this article on building a culture of spiritual conversations that is worth reading. (2014)

A guest post on Kevin DeYoung’s blog gives helpful advice for Christian wives married to men who are not believers. This is one you may find yourself sharing from time to time. (2012)

It’s not necessarily easy for veteran pastors, but younger guys may struggle with how to handle a funeral for an unbeliever. Jared Wilson provides helpful counsel. (2012)

When I was a senior pastor there were times when I thought, “What would it be like to close down everything and start church over again? What programs would we keep, why would we keep them, and what would we stop?” That’s kind of where we are right now, aren’t we? Many churches are “program-driven.” Here’s an article on becoming “post-programming” that was written in August of 2014 but might never be more relevant. (2014)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

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