Martinez

Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastor, stress, Kim Martinez, Paul, minister, burnout, Acts 19, healing, pieces of cloth, demons, reaching the masses, evangelism
You are on your way to your kid's ballgame, and you get a call. Mildred, saint of the church, was in a wreck and is at the hospital. Her family thinks you should come. No matter what you choose in this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, Advent, tradition, New Year, Christ, Christmas, anticipation, Israelites, Messiah, thankfulness, unexpected, Jesus, signs, worship
There is a time in the liturgical Christian calendar called “ordinary time”—it is that time between Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent and the few short weeks between New Year's and Ash Wednesday. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kim Martinez, authenticity, leadership, evaluation, feedback, information, credibility, top-down management style, weaknesses, strengths, questions, answers, Holy Spirit
Pastor Joe answered the call for authentic leadership. He changed his illustrations to demonstrate that he, too, could be impatient. In staff meetings, he offered honest prayer requests, sharing his concerns ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Kim Martinez, theology, God, rewards, attitudes, emotions, Holy Spirit, communion, cross, price, sin
Every once in a while, we have to sit down and balance our checkbook. We take the time to assess what we’ve spent and how we are doing financially. In a similar way, from time to time we need to take a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, marketing, pastors, event, sermon series, target audience, kids, men
There is a counterintuitive marketing concept that we, as pastors, should spend some time contemplating: “If you try to reach everyone, you’ll reach no one.” When you are promoting an event or sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, doubt, Thomas, faith, lack of faith, belief, practicality, journey, boldness, questions
We know Thomas best by his famous statement soon after Jesus’ resurrection: “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, drained, church, vacation, pastors, staff, introvert, ministries, awareness, counseling, time, accountability
Years ago, I realized that I was different than the rest of my staff. When they took vacation, they looked for a big church to celebrate at (and learn from). I love learning from other churches. Every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, mentally challenged, church, psychotic episodes, discomfort, guilt, prayer, Jesus, good protocols, mood disorders, good resources
You know the feeling—you see her coming and you want to turn away. Mary is in your church. Something isn’t quite right with her. Sometimes she seems balanced, lucid and smart. Other times she is really ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Calling
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, wall, guilt, brainstorming, church, growth, baptism, Moses, honesty, doubts, problems
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the stresses bi-vocational pastors face that are unique. During our brainstorming session, we hit upon one that struck a chord—guilt. You might recognize ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, practice, presence, thankfulness, praise, breathing, pause, encouragement
When do you pray? Brother Lawrence taught us to “practice the presence.” Maybe you are like me, and you realize that standing at a monastery sink all day would give you plenty of time to talk to God. It ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational pastors, Elijah, honesty, sleep, eat right, exercise
After work, we changed clothes in the restroom and then ran through Taco Bell on our way to the church. Life as a bi-vocational pastor is a bit hectic. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 June 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational ministry, challenge, calling, congruity, time management, options, thankfulness, retreat, time off
Pastor John puts away his tools for the day. His shift at the construction site ends in 10 minutes. Already, he has begun switching gears and thinking through the evening ahead. Tonight is the board meeting, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, The Voice, communicators, memory devices, alliteration, acronym, cadence, storytelling, analogies, authenticity
Do you remember going to chapel in Bible college? Every once in a while, one of “the greats” would show up. You knew you were listening to one of the great communicators when you heard two things: 1. "The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 May 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kim Martinez, fall, church, event, planning, calendar, goals, love languages, affirmation, quality time, service
... 1,200, you won’t connect with 10 new families—you probably know everyone but that new family on the corner—so your goal might look very different. If you don’t have the staff or volunteer base to produce ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Kim Martinez, compassion, overload, stress, plan, time, away, health, teen
In the last week alone, 57 people have died in four violent events as reported by major news outlets. Every week, people in your church lose a job or a loved one or have a health incident. Every month, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 April 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, pastors, time off, Monday, Sabbath, paper, school
Pastor Jeff is at it again—this is his third week in a row without a break. Monday is his day off, and he takes it. But most weeks, it looks like this: 1. Get up early to “enjoy” time with the kids (who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 April 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, sanity, pastors, leader, Elijah, worn out, ministry
Every leader faces overwheming moments. Elijah had one of those moments after he faced and killed the entire squadron of Baal prophets while simultaneously calling the people of Israel back into right ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Kim Martinez, post-Easter, recovery, quiet time, rest, congregation, silence, staff, attitude
Easter is often the most difficult week of the year for pastors. Not only do we have the stress of our congregation, but weird things seem to happen during that week. Family stress goes up, financial stresses ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 / Money
Tags: Kim Martinez, giving, receiving, purpose, Passion, work, bountiful, harvest
Overhearing other people’s conversations can be dangerous! I stood in our church office and overheard someone talking about our benevolence giving. “But is it reaping a return? Do any of these people ever ... [ +++ ]
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