Today we are hearing from our second main author on “Healthy Pastors.” Todd Owen has had a wide verity of ministry experience and can easily speak to the need for spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health for long term and full-time Christian Service. My partnership in the work with Todd goes back to the early 90s when I think he went by “Spike” at Ozark Christian College. Todd works with New Mission Systems International and also blogs here. So for now, enjoy, comment, and look for more to come.
I’ve been writing newsletters for over twenty years, mostly as a missionary but also the church newsletter when I was a pastor. One consistent piece of advice I’ve had over the years is that every newsletter should have wide margins and lots of white space. When the page is uncluttered it is easier for the reader to follow what’s being written rather than being distracted by the noise and visual dissonance on the page. As often as possible, even when I was tempted to write too many words and cram too much into a given space, I cut the verbiage down, simplified, and kept the message straightforward. (more…)
Welcome to our new page for ministers. I’ve been in some form of professional ministry for quite a while now and I’d be the first to tell you that it’s a hard gig at times. By professional ministry, I’m not talking about a mere career path that one takes, but a calling on one’s life. For me it means that I am called to what I do the same way a surgeon is called to Medicine. I don’t do it for a pay check, though it’s nice when I get one, I do it because it is who I am. There are many joys in this calling. But there are many heart aches and trials as well. So the purpose of this page on Kingdomology is to support those with a full-time ministry calling in their lives. Our main author for Healthy Pastors is a guy named Tom Salter from California. I met Tom when we did a church plant in the Nor Cal a few years ago. Tom has a huge heart for pastors and he is actually the brain child for this page. Another author is a very good friend of mine going all the way back to my college days. Todd Owen has had experience on the foreign mission field, the located church ministry, and is presently directing discipleship and care for missionaries with New Mission Systems International. Our first post on this page is coming from Tom. So if you’re involved in full-time Christian ministry; be encouraged. If you’re not a “Pastor” or “Missionary” you can still feel free to enter into discussion and learn more about ministry in the 21st century. For now . . . Here’s Tom: (more…)