You want to do large things as famously and as fast as you can.

But most things that matter in life, will require you to do small, mostly overlooked tasks over a long period of time.   

         Zack Eswine

Resources to Help You Slow Down

The Imperfect Pastor

Christianity Today Book of the Year: Church Leadership

How to Find Rest When There Isn’t Any

A three-part video series

Rootedness and the Desert-Classroom for Preachers

If you notice that your mood rises or falls with how people respond to a particular sermon watch out. You are likely to make a mess of the day for those who love you. You will be tempted to place great weight on their words and treat them as if they are like God to...

Does a Sermon Really Change Anybody?

Sometimes we may feel there is no point in preaching because we do not see the kinds of changes in our hearers or ourselves that we had hoped for. When this thought tip-toes down the dark hallways of our minds, we are helped to remember that preaching is like farming....

Cultivating a Stamina for Waiting

Instant video streaming, on-demand programming, twenty-four hour grocery, credit-cards, texting, and next-day delivery are wonderful. They reward my desires instantly. Immediacy befriends me. Entitlement invites me to come over. We party at once and without delay. So,...

Anxiety Ridden, I Minister to Others

Anxieties are agitated things; thoughts that pace the floor, feelings that bite their lips, a right thumb pressing deep into the left hand to push and scrub into the skin. Anxieties found me before I was a pastor. As my Pop says, "I got them honestly." Bouts of...

When We Are Worn Out: A Help to Find Rest

The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. (Prov. 30:1) When you hear someone say that they are tired, or when someone says to you, "wow, you look exhausted," it is time to ask God, "What kind of fatigue am I experiencing Lord?" Rightly...

When There’s No Room for Error: A Drive Through Story

I rested my hope on the drive through dinner. Trying to Fit it all in It was Wednesday night. The perfect storm of activity formed and swirled through our evening schedule. Youth groups pulled up into our driveway to the barn on our rented property. Friends in...

Clarifying Your Calling: Some Questions to Help You

Sometimes when I feel that I'm trying to be something I'm not, or pretending that I'm not something that I am, or when I'm losing a sense of clarity regarding what my identity and calling in Christ actually is, I will revisit questions like these. Not all of them will...

When You Are Worried in the Night Watches

Worry is nocturnal. It spreads its crow wings to caw and scratch. We, the night worried, toss and turn. Hollered and flapped throughout the night, we dishevel our breathing and muss our hair till dawn. What will the day bring? Of course, many neighbors of ours also...

Why We Need Silences, Not Just Sentences

Lingering among silences makes us feel like toddlers entering the nursery on Sunday mornings. When our parent drops us off, we feel abandoned. We either tantrum about, or we cling to anything or anyone that promises to hold us. Why We Hate Silence Charles Spurgeon,...

Searching for Greatness in Ministry

This two-part audio series "Searching for Greatness in Ministry," is taken from Zack's recent visit with pastors and ministry leaders who participate in the Spurgeon Fellowship in Portland, Oregon.  Out of his daily life in local pastoral ministry, Zack seeks to...
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