Pray for Your Pastor

Pastors and leaders need prayer. The weight of responsibility they carry is crushing at times, and the very nature of their roles makes them a constant target for the enemy.  The Apostle Paul often asked people to pray for him. He recognized the power of agreement in prayer, and knew he needed it! Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. (‭2 Thessalonians‬… Read More

Embracing Change; Inspiring Transformation

Dear leader… The fruit of leadership is to inspire transformation in others. It’s what we live for – to see people’s lives, marriages, and families transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. If the fruit of leadership is inspiring transformation, the root of leadership is embracing personal change. God does not grant us the blessing of the fruit without first developing the root. I must embrace personal change before I am privileged to inspire transformation. I have been on staff at New Hope Worship Center for over twenty years. For over 12… Read More

Three Pastors I Most Admire

I’m not aware of it’s origin or initiator, but I think it is wonderful that October has been designated as “Pastor’s Appreciation Month.” As pastors, my wife and I have been overwhelmingly blessed by the cards, gifts, and words of encouragement that have come from our New Hope family over the past several weeks, particularly as we recently celebrated twenty years of ministry at New Hope Worship Center! As grateful as I am for the honor I have received during Pastor’s Appreciation Month, I am grateful for those whom I have had… Read More

Why Pastors Should Declare God’s Blessing Over His People

The power and effect of words is significant. Consider what the average person faces each day: words of anger, accusation, defeat, and fear, just to name a few. These verbal assaults, whether heard or not, are referred to in Scripture as “curses.” And, although they may not have been conjured by a witch doctor with a voodoo doll, curses are a reality in the realm of the spirit, and may result in physical manifestations and implications. As people of faith in Jesus Christ we recognize the canopy of protection under which we… Read More

Three Things Every Pastor Needs

Outside of Bethlehem are rolling hills, where, for thousands of years, sheep and shepherds have trod. It was on these hills that angelic hosts announced to lowly shepherds that Jesus – the Christ – was born. It was also on these hills that a ruddy shepherd boy named David received a prophetic word and a fresh anointing that would propel him to one day be Israel’s King. It is significant to realize that shepherds have always held a prominent place in God’s covenant relationship with mankind, from the patriarchs of the Old… Read More