I want to be liked!

Paul Clark “I want everyone to like me real bad I want everyone to approve of me ‘Cause when they disapprove of me it makes me feel so sad”  (Song lyrics by Randy Newman) “If you want everyone to love you, go sell ice cream, don’t revitalize churches.” (Ed Stetzer) In our first church plant … Read more

Unavoidable Risk Taking

Paul Clark “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4) “The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. — Mark Zuckerberg After being in the ministry … Read more

Lead On!

Paul Clark “You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.” (Bill Hybels) It is imperative that you and I grow in our leadership skills as men and women called to the ministry. As you know, there are a multitude of perspectives and ideas in viewing leadership development. Several years ago, I was made … Read more

A Sharper Focus for the New Year

Paul Clark Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. (Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) Looking back over the past year, some great things happened to you and me in our ministries, at work and in our families. At the same time, let’s be honest, there were certain … Read more

The Ministry of Encouragement

Paul Clark “Encouragement is oxygen for the soul” (Rick Godwin) Recently I read a sign in big bold letters that was posted on Facebook: “Wanted: Encouragers.” At the bottom of the sign in very small print: “We have a surplus of critics already and do not need anymore.” (The World) The people that you and … Read more

Courage Maker

Paul Clark   “I have never met someone who is deeply compassionate at their core that has not experienced extreme pain in their life.” – Steve Donaldson Right now you are possibly dealing with overwhelming challenges in local church ministry as well as in your very own family? Here is a powerful scripture that has … Read more

It Matters What We Teach and Preach

Paul Clark Recently, my wife Mechthild asked the rhetorical question, “Does it really matter what we preach and teach?” It seems too often our hearers behave like the “kingless” children of Israel described in Judges, when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (17:6b KJV). In over 35 years of ministry, … Read more

Limitations are Opportunities

Limitations are Opportunities Paul Clark “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” (James Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905) I was born with a congenital eye problem which meant throughout school I could not see from my desk what the teacher wrote on the blackboard.  To read then, as now, I place … Read more

Success versus Comparison

Success versus Comparison Paul Clark “He has achieved success, who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.” (The first line in a poem written by Bessie Anderson Stanley in 1904) Recently, I had the privilege of turning over another one of our church plants to a German pastor and his wife. I am very … Read more

Der Leiter und seine Beziehungen im BFP (Paul Clark)

Ein wichtiger Aufgabenbereich unserer Arbeitsgruppe war es, uns mit der Entwicklung von Leiterschaft innerhalb des BFP zu beschäftigen und ganz konkret die  Beziehungen von Gemeindeleitern und Pastoren untereinander zu analysieren. Es stellte sich die Frage, wie diese Beziehungsgeflechte aussehen und funktionieren innerhalb der Struktur, die sich im Laufe der Jahre auf Bundes-, Regional- and Distriktebene … Read more