The True Meaning of Christmas, by Linus (and Charlie Brown)

Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Christmas Eve tradition in our house is to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. This scene gets me every time. Merry Christmas from the McVeigh family!

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Manage the Christmas Chaos

If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, December is fun, right? Unfortunately, most ministry leaders I’ve run into don’t feel that way. In fact, most people I know in vocational ministry look forward to the last week in December when they finally get some breathing room. It’s not that we don’t love Christmas or what […]

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How to Recruit and Keep the Best Volunteers

Every ministry leader has felt it: The panic of not having enough volunteers for an event or program. Or maybe you’ve got the volunteers, but they aren’t engaged and don’t show up on a regular basis. No one told me when I started out in ministry that leading volunteers would be such a big chunk […]

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You Can’t Learn if You Don’t Fall

“You can’t learn if you don’t fall!” I’m sure years from now, my children will sit around a table at family gatherings and recount the many “Dad-isms” of their growing up years — much as my siblings and siblings-in-law laugh about things our parents said when we were growing up. And so as I was […]

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Video of the week: No Look Pass in Football?

Of course, there’s a leadership lesson to be learned here. When you see this pass, it looks cool. It fooled the defense and resulted in a touchdown. On top of all that, it was executed to perfection. Who wouldn’t want to pull off this play? Here’s the thing: This play likely took hours of practice […]

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What Does It Mean to Preach the “Gospel”?

Imagine for me a preacher who is about to step onto a platform with a microphone over his ear and a Bible in his hand. A couple of friends approach the preacher, asking if they could pray for him. The preacher, grateful, nods solemnly and says, “I need it; I’m going to give them the gospel.” […]

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Video of the Week: The Galactic Empire: 5 Leadership Mistakes (from Forbes)

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t see something without considering how to relate it to leadership…this video from Forbes is pretty fun:

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Lessons Learned From Being a Dad AND a Pastor

One of the greatest things I get to do in life is being a dad to my kids. One of the greatest things I get to do in life is being a pastor. Both are incredible blessings in my life. And yet a tension exists between the two that can be difficult to manage. That […]

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Video of the Week: Student Ministry Announcement Video

I’m loving our student ministry’s announcement videos…check it out: Students @ the Heights announcements 10-4-15 from Students@theHeights on Vimeo.

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