Entries by Bruce Ballast

A Wrong Motivation for Preaching

A Wrong Motivation For Being A Preacher Two times in my years of active ministry I had six or more months away from the pulpit.  One time it was for a study leave, so that I could research what became a book on the revival periods in the United States.  The other time, I was […]

Three More Ways To Spiritual Renewal

Three More Ways To Spiritual Renewal In the last two posts we explored the following pathways to spiritual renewal: worship; engaging in creation; serving; and engaging people.  This post will focus on three more ways to spiritual renewal for the preacher and for anyone else. The Intellectual Pathway to Spiritual Renewal Some people experience great […]

Renewing Spiritual Energy

Renewing Spiritual Energy Through Worship and Serving In the last post we considered how to renew your spiritual energy through being with people and through creation.  In this post we will explore how to go about renewing spiritual energy through worship and serving people. The Worship Pathway to Renewal There are seasons when ministry drains […]

Seven Ways To Renew Your Spiritual Energy

Renewing Spiritual Energy Through Seven Pathways In the last several posts we have been considering how to recover when drained as a result of preaching and ministry.  In this post we start a continuation of that series, talking about seven ways to renew your spiritual energy for ministry and life. This morning I had the […]

People Who Fill Your Energy Bank

People Who Fill Your Energy Bank In the last post we identified some people who drain you, and make it difficult for you to recover after preaching and ministry.  In this post we will take one more look at this subject, focusing on people who fill your energy bank after it is drained from ministry. […]

People Who Drain Your Bank In Ministry

People Who Fill Your Bank In Ministry We have been looking at how to recover from preaching and ministry.  The last two posts were about finding those people who help that process.  In this post we’ll consider those people who drain your bank in ministry and preaching. The Love Bank When I was a local […]

Preachers Shouldn’t Go It Alone

Preachers Shouldn’t Go It Alone We are considering how to recover from the act of preaching.  In the last post we considered the need for a pattern of rest and recovery in our lives.  In today’s post we’re going to look at the reality that preachers shouldn’t go it alone in their ministry. At one […]

Creating A Pattern of Rest and Recovery

Creating A Pattern of Rest and Recovery   Peter Wagner was one of my professors while I worked on a doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  He made an indelible impact on my life as I learned about how to form growing churches.  But when I think of him, I remember most something […]