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Minister's Toolbox is your online resource to get the encouragement you need so that you remain strong in your calling to serve Christ. Discover practical solutions to the everyday challenges leaders face. Many pastors leave the ministry each year due to family problems, financial difficulties, loneliness, or moral failure. Discover how to overcome these challenges and regain your passion for finishing well in ministry. Each 15-minute podcast provides real help from Casey Sabella, a pastor w ...
 
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Have you wondered, "What is the purpose behind your God-given authority? Anyone truly called to ministry is granted authority to advance His Kingdom on earth. How does someone receive this authority? What is it used for? When can authority become dangerous? How should authority be used in the church? During today's podcast, I discuss the origin and…
 
Pastors can think of many things that threaten to derail their ministry: financial woes, sexual temptation, carnal board members, and several others. Today, I speak about a threat that most pastors are unaware of, yet if left unattended, is potentially lethal to effective ministry in 2022 and beyond. Join me for this noteworthy podcast! In today's …
 
Wouldn't you appreciate a simple, free tool that could help you identify and train new leaders for your church? You're in luck! During today's podcast, I will share a simple tool that requires little or no training on your part but can yield amazing benefits to your ministry. Buy Me A Coffee! Leave a Fresh Review On iTunes…
 
One of the most basic tasks of any minister is to preach in such a way that people experience the Presence of Almighty God. Some think that a scholarly presentation of scripture will accomplish this, yet people leave disappointed. How can we bring the Presence of God into our church that leaves people wanting more? Did you want to help contribute t…
 
On today's podcast, I interview Greg Holder, lead pastor of The Crossings. Greg is an author and speaker with a passion for the local church and how God designed us to thrive. His leadership and influence have taken him around the globe, helping communities, churches, pastors, and leaders work towards spiritual, relational, and organizational healt…
 
Lathan Craft knows something about reaching prodigals. Growing up, his mother worked as an exotic dancer. Then tragedy struck when both his parents died before he was seven years old. At his mother's funeral, the pastor told the audience she was a Christian (which he knew not to be true). This pushed him away from the church, but God intervened in …
 
Leaders lead. We all know that. But do we understand the difference between leading and managing? Most of us think they are the same. Your church needs management to be sure but needs a leader even more. Today's podcast shares a simple change in how you do ministry that will revolutionize how you see yourself and your calling. Join me! During the p…
 
The Church has largely remained silent over the past decade whenever the acronym LGTBQ is mentioned. Some denominations have adjusted their theology to accept and welcome homosexual and transgender communities into their leadership ranks. Others declare their love for the LGTBQ community to avoid a media backlash. In this second part of a two-part …
 
The Church has largely remained silent over the past decade whenever the acronym LGTBQ is mentioned. Some denominations have adjusted their theology to not only accept but welcome the homosexual and transgender communities into their leadership. Others strain to declare their love for these communities while avoiding any hint of rejecting people fo…
 
The Church largely ignores the subtle strategy destroying young people today. While we prepare sermons to inspire, Satan is busy infecting the next generation with misinformation designed to damn their souls. How can we combat this demonic strategy in our churches? Today, I interview Dennis Ritchie from Oasis Church in Cheshire, CT, who shares insi…
 
Commander Michael H. Imhof, U.S. Navy (ret.), and former Navy SEAL, was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and raised in Blasdell, New York. He attended the State University College of New York at Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California, Commander I…
 
The majority of pastors suffer from low self-esteem. They wonder if their labors are making any real impact on the congregations they serve. Some of this may be due to allowing people to usurp or even ignore their directives or decisions. It is impossible to lead a church without owning the respect due to every servant of God. If you've lost that, …
 
Have you ever felt lost in your life, with no hope, no options, no direction, and fear so suffocating you couldn't breathe and wanted to die because it would be easier? Sadly, 40% of Americans are dealing with at least one mental health or drug-related problem which was only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicide is a global public health cr…
 
When I say the word "gospel," most people think of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. While true, is that the whole gospel? Are there elements of Christ's teachings we shy away from declaring for fear of how people will respond? Are we unknowingly ashamed of the gospel of Christ? During today's podcast, I invited you to connect with me on…
 
Today's Interview is with Jeff Orr. Jeff is an expert in leadership, holding two master's degrees in Business and Leadership (MBA, MSL) from Grand Canyon University. He speaks to thousands in the private sector as well as on University campuses about leadership, building a thriving corporate culture, and the critical importance for developing the n…
 
Can you believe it? This is my 200th podcast. Wow. Where did the time go? During today's podcast, I interview Dr. Bill Senyard. Bill is Dr. Bill Senyard is an experienced pastor, discipler, church revitalization specialist, lecturer, and conference speaker with 25 years as a local church pastor. He is the author of twelve books and two online exper…
 
Hebrews 11:6 declares that without faith, it is impossible to please God. When we look at our schedules and all the tasks needing attention and completion, how much of what we do is "by faith?" If we are honest, MOST of our labors speak more of maintenance than accomplishing things in partnership with God. A challenging and encouraging discussion a…
 
In this final part of my two-part interview with Dr. Joe Martin of RealMenConnect.com, we discuss how to discern the difference between a church with problems or a problem church. How does an abuse victim break free from the toxic behaviors that continue to plague them long after leaving such an environment? Join us for an important discussion! Che…
 
People arrive in our churches with a myriad of problems and challenges. One of the worst challenges is wounds from spiritual abuse - the misuse of authority from other church leaders. Today, we turn the tables and interview...ME! Dr. Joe Martin interviews me from his national podcast. Join us for part one! More About Spiritual Abuse book. Can you o…
 
Gerard Long is a professor of life and death, having experienced a blessed life, followed by the darkest valley of suffering after the suicide of his beloved youngest son, the near break up of his marriage, and the unbelievable death of his beautiful daughter. As if this wasn’t enough pain, in the same eight-year period, his beloved sister and brot…
 
What if you woke up in a hospital bed not knowing why you're there? What if you also had no memory of the church you pastored for several years or of any of your church members? David Carroll was told he had amnesia and that his memories might never return. Join us today for an incredible interview with David and Shannon Carroll as they share their…
 
Barna reported that up to 50% of certain age populations never intend to return to church once all restrictions are lifted after COVID 19. Why? Many excuses are listed, but none seem to address the underlying issue: Christian foundations. Many leaders have unwittingly taught their people that pulpit ministry is the central reason to gather. Now tha…
 
On Today's Podcast, I interview Chris Faett who shares his journey from chaos to recovery. This inspiring testimony will encourage you in your work of reaching people who need Christ. Chris and I are working together to build the Recovery Center of Greater Waterbury, a program for substance abusers and an outreach to the homeless community. Connect…
 
During this podcast, I shared a personal story from our family that impacts how I do ministry each and every day. What has God called you to do for His Kingdom? One day, we will stand before Him to give an account of how we spent the resources entrusted to us. Are you on track for giving a good report on that day? This podcast from last year was on…
 
Dr. Joe Martin is an award-winning international speaker, author, educator, and certified “man builder." His life’s story can be summarized in one simple sentence: “He went from rags to riches to ruined to redemption.” Join me for the second half for this powerful testimony to God's goodness in the midst of deep pain. Learn how to reach men for Chr…
 
Dr. Joe Martin is an award-winning international speaker, author, educator, and certified “man builder." His life’s story can be summarized in one simple sentence: “He went from rags to riches to ruined to redemption.” Join me for this powerful testimony to God's goodness in the midst of deep pain. Learn more about his ministry to men @Realmenconne…
 
When most of us hear the word, "prophet" we think of Old Testament figures like Isaiah or Jeremiah. Anyone considering themselves a prophet today is typically viewed as people with behavioral or mental problems. Paul taught that Christ gave this gift to His Church to equip people to do ministry work. Further, he commented that God's ultimate plans …
 
In this second of a three-part series, we delve more deeply into this mysterious yet biblical gift of prophecy. What is the "life" gift of prophecy, and how does it differ from a gift of the Holy Spirit? How can we know if a person possesses the life gift of prophecy? Why is misunderstanding this gift potentially dangerous to a local church? Some i…
 
The hot topic in the church these days is prophecy. Some believe it only belongs to the first century. Others use it as a mechanism to make a name for themselves or create a following. Today's podcast is the first of three, speaking about prophecy's biblical gift and proper use. There are three levels of prophecy in the New Testament. Today, we wil…
 
Many churches throughout the western world are dying of old age. The average age of many congregations is fifty and above. How can we reverse the trend? Does it mean filling our churches with new lighting and special music? No, says Ryan Sweat, student ministry pastor from Jackson Beach, Florida. Listen as he shares four ways older churches can att…
 
You and I carry around a treasure (II Corinthians 4:7). Is this treasure confined to a weekly sermon alone? I have shared about publishing in episode 53. Today, we delve a little deeper into the importance of writing. Here are some free resources that will enable you to publish and market books. Few vocations are more suited for publishing than tho…
 
"Feet-First" is a term younger people may not be familiar with. Typically, if someone has been injured or died in a tragedy or as the result of a crime, they are carried out of the building feet-first. Feet-First also means nothing will dissuade you from accomplishing the ministry God has entrusted to you. Have you ever been or ever experienced a m…
 
Barna reports that half of Millennials (aged 24-40) do not plan to return to church as normal when the pandemic is lifted. After countless sermons, the research indicates many believers have no concept of what a New Testament church is or what it means. What can be done to stem the tide? Here is the Barna Report Email me at ministerstoolbox@gmail.c…
 
In the past few months, a host of "Prophetic" minister's predicted the outcome of the American election. They were wrong. However, few apologized or acknowledged their error. Instead, they pivoted to a soon coming revival and many in the Christian world said nothing. Why? A few thoughts on the legitimacy of prophecy and its effect on both the Churc…
 
Today's interview is with Krish Dhanam who shares his testimony of how God led him from India to be mentored by Zig Ziglar. Listen as we discuss how pastors miss the opportunity for evangelism by not equipping their business leaders how to share their faith. Krish's ministry has spoken at events for the U.S. Army, Christian Dior, Toshiba, Hitachi, …
 
We seldom associate our computers with Satanic activity (unless we're speaking with tech support!), but technology currently spies on us 24/7. Are there ways to reduce our digital footprint in a quest to reach people with the gospel of Christ? What are the consequences if we don't? An important discussion on today's podcast. During the podcast, I o…
 
In these challenging times for churches, you need to clarify which Kingdom matters. Many leaders invest most of their time into building what they think is God's Kingdom, only to discover too late, they spent their labors in the wrong place. A frank discussion about the mission for every church leader. Would you consider writing an honest review fo…
 
Ravi Zacharias are leaders who have had tremendous impact on society and the church. Due to sexual indiscretions, their reputations have brought scandal to Christ's Church. Are they any different than the average, local pastor? No. All fell victim to something basic that we need to talk about on today's podcast. Join me for a heart-to-heart discuss…
 
In this second of a two-part interview, I speak with Brad Brandon, pastor of First Bible Baptist Church in Plainville, CT. Hear how his life changed after a visit to the ICU and how God led him to reach thousands in a far away land among a people antagonistic toward the gospel. It will blow your mind to hear how God transformed an entire region whe…
 
In this first of a two-part interview, I speak with Brad Brandon, pastor of First Bible Baptist Church in Plainville, CT who experienced an extraordinary miracle which changed his life. Listen to how God led him to participate in a miracle that eventually lead thousands to Christ in a most unlikely place. Learn more about Brad. To read the manuscri…
 
Nearly every pastor has compiled enough material over the course of their ministry to write one or several books. During this pandemic, pastors are limited by who they can visit, where they can go and even if they can meet as a church. Why not take this extended "time off" to write a book? It is not as difficult or expensive as you once believed. L…
 
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that Christ is the one thing we offer you cannot find anywhere else, but that is not what I want to speak with you about today. Your church offers more than you think. Oftentimes, we forget the unique privileges every Christian can access by being properly related to God. What can we learn from C.S. Lewis …
 
Paul warned the Ephesian elders about vicious wolves who would not spare the flock of God. Like it or not, part of a pastor's job is to identify and deal with spiritual wolves that threaten the welfare of people in our congregations. How do you spot them? What is an effective way to deal with them. Tune in to an important session.…
 
COVID, elections, rioting, churches closing, masks...where does it all end? Jesus warned his followers that in the last days, the hearts of many would "wax" cold. That doesn't sound good. Many church leaders struggle to keep their passion from slipping into depression and despair as they consider the state of our world right now. How can you avoid …
 
In this second of a two-part interview, David B. Smith shares with us about his ministry to the "least of these." From his personal experience as an addict for more than a dozen years, David found freedom in Christ. David and his wife connect with people in need and partners with pastors and churches to share the gospel in practical ways. This is a…
 
David B. Smith shares his testimony of a preachers kid who grew up angry at God and left home at 15 years old. After more than a decade of crime, drugs and homelessness, God brought him back to Himself through the kindness of a child. This first part of a two-part series will inspire your faith. More About David's Ministry.…
 
Church leaders often don't realize how the occult has or is influencing members of their churches. Today, a frank discussion about the influence of the occult on peoples' lives along with some ideas about how to counter the deception in our communities. During today's podcast, I referenced the Wells For Zimbabwe project.…
 
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