June 2021 News

Empowering and equipping churches and leaders to create lasting and transformational health. Preparing for Amazement Ministries is working hard to build and revitalize the global Christian Church. We hope you take a couple minutes to read our April newsletter and visit our website. What’s New?! It is a busy season here at Preparing for Amazement Ministries! Here are some updates: This month we are launching a new initiative, Pastors4Pastors, recognizing that Pastors need Pastors too! Read more…

Habits of Healthy Leaders: Habit #1

Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Advantage, notes that ‘organizational health trumps everything.’ Not only have I found his argument to be true in the church to a high degree, but I have also found it to be true for the leaders of the church as well. Outside of the work of God, health is the most important factor in the effectiveness of pastors, staff and ministry leaders. Outside of the Gospel, the most important Read more…

Habits of Healthy Leaders: Introduction

Habits of Healthy Leaders Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Advantage, notes that ‘organizational health trumps everything.’ Not only have I found his argument to be true in the church to a high degree, but I have also found it to be true for the leaders of the church as well. Outside of the work of God, health is the most important factor in the effectiveness of pastors, staff and ministry leaders. Outside of the Read more…

Why We Ignore Self-Care

Leader health is essential to the effectiveness and longevity of leaders. In order to be healthy, leaders must engage in self-care. Generally, Christian leaders, especially pastors and those working in churches are terrible about self-care. Martyr Syndrome Many Christian leaders, church staff and pastors have a martyr syndrome. Somehow we have come to believe that being a good Christian or a good pastor means being a martyr. We have convinced ourselves that self-harm is a Read more…

No Surprises

Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director I saw a screen shot of a tweet that got me thinking about some of my key boundaries in leadership. One of my key rules as a leader has been to avoid unnecessary surprises. That means expecting those who report to or work with me to give me a heads up on things before they hit. It also means that I do the same for those I work Read more…

April 2021 News

Empowering and equipping churches and leaders to create lasting and transformational health. Preparing for Amazement Ministries is working hard to build and revitalize the global Christian Church. We hope you take a couple minutes to read our April newsletter and visit our website. What’s New?! There are a lot of exciting new things happening in our ministry in spite of the challenges we face in the world with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the highlights Read more…

Palm Sunday & Good Friday: A Reflection on Pastoral Ministry

Palm Sunday & Good Friday: A Reflection on Pastoral Ministry At face value, Palm Sunday and Good Friday have little in common. Sure, they are both part of Holy Week and the culmination of the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. They are also part of the culmination of the Gospel story. Otherwise, they do not seem to have much in common. One is a celebration and a time of joy; one is a moment of Read more…