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The Real Secret to Making All Your Dreams Come True

Last week at the Catalyst Conference we explored the theme #awakenthewonder. Hearts were revived. Hope returned. Snow even fell.

Much of the conversation circled around dreaming and vision casting as a leader.

I’m a dreamer. Maybe you’re one, too.

We imagine possibilities.

Develop newfangled ideas.

Sketch the invisible.

Resist the confines of reality.

That’s what dreamers do. That’s who we are. That’s how we roll.

No matter how immense our dreams, Jesus echoes the truth that even the most gargantuan of dreams remains too small. Continue Reading...

Dear Pastor, Two Words You Must Hear Today

Dear Pastor,

Most people have no idea how much you do.

How much you give.

How much you sacrifice.

When it came to professions, you didn’t select an easy one. Perhaps for you, shepherding God’s people is more of a calling than a career.

As many times as you’ve been tempted to quit, the Spirit you won’t allow.

Like shepherding, the terrain can be rough. Dry. Hot. Isolating. A steep uphill trek where your feet slip. The trail disappears. The well isn’t around the next corner. You wonder if you’ve lost your way—not to mention all the sheep trailing behind you.

Then you catch a glimpse of the power and presence and God again.


The moments when heaven touches earth in worship.

The stories of transformation that defy explanation.

The healing that baffles every doctor.

The stray soul that wanders into your congregation and begins flourishing in the most jaw dropping ways.

The word from God that carries you another day, another sermon, another year.

Your work is filled with delight and wonder and heartbreak and pain and so much more. You learn to celebrate peoples’ grandest moments and mourn their greatest losses. You serve as a spiritual Sherpa helping people journey closer to God.

All too often we forget to say thank you. To express our profound appreciation. For you. For your gifts. For your holy tenacity. For running your lane well. For never giving up. For drawing us closer to Jesus. For living out the Gospel before eye ours. For challenging us to cruciformity.

Today, we say thank you. Thank you for all you’ve done for the church.

Much love,
Margaret and a whole lot of friends

In the comment space below, provide a shout out of thanks to your pastor. We will select three to win Starbucks gift cards in appreciation.

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Top 10 Ideas for Pastor Appreciate Month

Your pastors work so hard.

If you’re tempted to think that most of the hours they’re on the clock are Saturdays or Sundays, consider how many hours they spend organizing, counseling, leading, administrating, planning, and preparing.

It’s not uncommon for pastors to log 50, 60, or 70 hours more in a week. Some do this through being bi-vocational.

October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This is the time of year to go beyond saying, “Nice sermon,” or “Thanks for being there.” This is the month when you can go out of your way to pour into them through thoughtful gifts and meaningful expressions.

Here are 10 ideas for how to appreciate your pastor and church staff:  

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Top 7 Reasons to Love MOMcon

Margaret —  September 25, 2015 — 1 Comment

Top 7 Reasons to Love MOMcon

I attend lots of conferences. It’s my day job. Few are as delightful, rich and fun as MOMcon. The sold-out gathering of more than 3000 in Indianapolis took my breath way.

When I started posting about MOPS and MOMcon, people kept asking, “What’s a MOP?” and “What’s MOMcon?”

Fair questions. Mothers of Preschoolers hosts an annual International Leadership Conference that offers practical training and inspiring teaching to encourage and raise up a new generation of leaders.

When you gather 3000 moms—who are ready to laugh hard, chat until 4am, and celebrate they have time to take a shower and wash their hair—they become the rowdies in all the best ways.

But what I loved most about MOMcon: Continue Reading...

What Happens When You Ignore the Little Voice Whispering “Don’t”

This week I was invited to partake in a project with great possibilities and yet that little voice inside whispered, “Don’t.”

Did I mention that it was a good project? With great people? And much promise? Continue Reading...