Weekly Newsletter: The Spiritual Temperature of Your Church + An Advent Sermon on Peace + More!

by | Dec 8, 2023 | The Reflectionary

Sometimes passionate leaders lead apathetic people – just ask Moses. And sometimes apathetic leaders have passionate followers – but usually not for long.

But since I’m writing to Pastors and Christian leaders, I’ll simply say that if you’re frustrated that people don’t seem passionate and driven enough, you must start with a check of your own temperature.

I’ve written an article about this and wanted to share it with you.

READ: How to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

Also, if you find yourself unable to rekindle your passion for life or leadership, it may be that you’re suffering from burnout, and that’s my specialty! I’d love to help, whether as a friend or as your leadership coach.

I’ve recently launched my flagship coaching program, Burnout to Breakthrough, and would love it if you’d consider investing in yourself by walking through the twelve sessions of it with me.

If you sign up before the end of this calendar year (to start fresh in January), it’s 30% off the cost!

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My hope and prayer for you as a leader is that the next few weeks would be a time of breathing, of enjoying family and church events, and of drawing close to Jesus. And then, that 2024 would be a year of breakthrough for you in your leadership!

Please don’t hesitate to connect with me if you need guidance toward making that happen!

Keep on growing!


PS – It’s not time to shut down for the holidays quite yet. If you’re experiencing burnout or have a desire to make 2024 a year of breakthrough on both a personal and professional level, let’s book a half-hour clarity call together!

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This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

How to Prepare the Way for Jesus

THE BIG IDEA: Repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepares the way for us to understand and receive the best news of all – that Jesus Christ has ushered in a new kind of kingdom and we’re all invited!

Read and Share the Sermon Idea »

See More Resources for Advent 2023 »


Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

O Come Let Us Adore Him Christmas Advent Sermon Series

From the Description:

This Christmas series looks at prophetic songs of worship and adoration of Christ in the Old Testament, and songs and prayers sung in the wake of the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders



Events for Church Leaders

Neighborhood Economics: A National Conversation With a Local Impact

February 26-28, 2024
San Antonio, Texas

Convening and recruiting people who repair local economies – Join us as we facilitate ongoing conversations across geographies that help people build the economic architecture so everyone will thrive.

Exponential 2024

March 4 – 7, 2024
Orlando, Florida

Although making disciples is the clear mission of the Church, when asked, most churches say that making disciples who make disciples is still their biggest weakness.


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