My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)”

The Lost Art of Renegotiation

  The Lost Art of Renegotiation A long-term relationship with a church is little different than a long-term relationship with a spouse, friend or an employer.  There are ups and downs.  How healthy people navigate long-term relationships is fairly standardized.  Such navigation has become a lost art.   Here is how the process works inContinue reading “The Lost Art of Renegotiation”

The Ministry of Encouragement (Do you feel called?)

  6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone toContinue reading “The Ministry of Encouragement (Do you feel called?)”

Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!

I am a Systems Theorist. I believe that all systems are designed to produce what they are currently producing, not what we hope they will produce. Your life is a system and so is mine. We each have inputs that produce very specific outcomes. Over time, the relationship between these inputs and outcomes becomes highlyContinue reading “Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!”

You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much

You don’t hear father’s talk about this much. This is an excerpt from my latest book: Re-Conversion (The “God is Good” Story) (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1996) Sometime in late 1992, I attended a seminar on how to do ministry with Senior Adults held in Peoria, Illinois. There was this feeble, little man who inched upContinue reading “You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much”

A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)

Melissa and I were recently in Key West. I officiated a wedding for our best friend’s oldest son on the beach at Ft. Zachary Taylor. Well the beach-ish anyway. If you have been to Key West you know what I mean. No one goes to Key West for the beaches. Those who do, only visitContinue reading “A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)”

Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition

I hear pastors say it all the time, “Being in ministry has never been so difficult.”  I get it. I really do. This isn’t the most difficult time in the history of America to be a pastor but it is the most difficult time of the thirty-four years I have been in vocational ministry. AreContinue reading “Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition”

My new book is now available on Amazon!

You can now order my new book “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.” on Amazon! This collection of stories moves from death toward life with plenty of warmth, Southern Illinois grit and humor. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532360177/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_tKVjAbB0C857V -Rev. Shane L. Bishop, a Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, has been theContinue reading “My new book is now available on Amazon!”

7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry

Are you discouraged in your service to the Lord? It happens to all of us. As much as we would like life to move “up and the right,” we will all endure seasons of feeling inadequate, dejected and downright pessimistic. Sometimes we just want to become 10 years old again and “take our ball andContinue reading “7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry”

Supporting Leaders and Leading Supporters

Can’t sleep tonight.  It happens.  Not very much but it happens. Praying for Christian leaders. My heart is heavy. Leadership circa 2017 is SO difficult. Throw the devil (yes, I believe in such stuff) into the mix and the task can seem overwhelming. I know some great leaders (and even better people) traversing tough stretchesContinue reading “Supporting Leaders and Leading Supporters”