Justin Lathrop

Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, art, living, vision, James Michener, work, play, intention, passion, dreamer, artist, pastor, potential, priorities, responsibilities
What does it mean to be a master in the art of living? If you asked a hundred different people, you'd get a hundred different opinions. That's understandable. It's a vague question. But recently I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, iPhone, connected, online, calendar, grocery list, photos, games, weather, congregation, communicate, staff, assistant
I'm a really connected person and a huge advocate for pastors staying connected online. That might make this next advice seem a little out of left field. Still, I think it is incredibly important. We need ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastor, Believer, love, theology, faith, John 15, commandment, leader, Christians, social media
I don't know a pastor—or even a believer—who isn't concerned with getting the theology of faith right. We want to do the research and settle on answers about the rapture, marriage, creation, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Justin Lathrop, credibility, leadership, influence, micromanaging, fear, delegation, Mark Batterson, energy, time, focus, big picture
We all want to be the type of leader who influences others to be the most effective people they can be. We want our teams to be functioning well and each member of the team to be operating at peak capacity. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, blog, social media, pastor, ministry, ideas, notebook, genius, writing time, schedule, consistency, build audience, end goal, community, purpose, perspective, daunting, tool, res
Like it or not, times have changed. Blogging has now become a part of our everyday lives and engaging in the online world should be a priority as a pastor. While blogging is not technically mandatory, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, singles, congregation, hurting, pulpit, force, connections, dating service, community group, set up, married, segregation, resources, groups
In each of our churches, we have ministries and activities that cater to a specific group within the congregation. It makes sense to provide these places—a place for infants and toddlers, for fifth-graders, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, website, church, social media, landscaping, statistics, inviting, time, money, style, straightforward, information, Microsoft Paint, old sermons, statement of belief
We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we've opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, community, impact, struggles, social media, need, Hoot Suite, churches, office, relationships, coffee
In many parts of the country, churches are more ubiquitous than Starbucks—gracing every street corner with tall steeples and signs that catch the attention of passersby: "Honk if you love Jesus. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, time, emails, hours in a day, culprit, efficiency, inboxes, outbox, professional hamster wheel, computer screen, process, create, innovate, distraction
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't long for more hours in the day. It seems we're just getting started when it's time for lunch or time to go home or time to be somewhere else or time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gospel, mindset, money, healing, redeeming, pure, holy, God, everything, resources, budget, gift, survival, missions, Paul
Recently I wrote a post about some things you need in order to do ministry well, and one of the things I mentioned was have a gospel mindset about money. As I finished writing that section of the post, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Women
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, women, ministry, gifts, empathy, multi-tasking, gentleness, passion, relational savvy, optimism, integrity
There has been a long-standing debate about women in leadership in ministry. This is not new, although the way the debate has found its way online makes it feel like it is new. But really, this conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Passion, ministry, Justin Lathrop, feeling, career, the lost, marriage, risks, God, thriving, energy, direction, bodies, worn out
Passion is a hard thing to describe or pin down. We sense when we have it and when it’s gone, but we aren’t sure how to explain where it comes from or why we have it or what to do when it goes away. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Culture, church, Justin Lathrop, stuck feeling, volunteer, generosity, positive, encourage, correct, Paul, Corinthians, Ephesians, ownership, mistakes, negativity
You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works its way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, New Year, resolutions, make, break, pastors, influence, theme, leadership, bend, critics, transparency, actions, people, performance
Many people make—and break—New Year’s resolutions. Here are eight possible ones that pastors should consider for the upcoming year: 1. Let influence be the theme of your leadership. I often hear pastors ... [ +++ ]
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