If the Church were pictured as a farm, one could say various parts of the country are becoming “food deserts.” There are not enough qualified pastors to go around, and Christians aren’t being prepared and empowered for ministry as they could be. All of this is occurring while the needContinue Reading


I’ve never been a farmer. Then again, I’ve been a farmer in training as long as I can remember. Let me explain:

Farmers understand how things grow. They are planted, watered, and harvested. They understand the organic process, and they understand what happens if they don’t plant, water, or harvest: they reap what they sow–nothing. There is both a steadiness and urgency to farming those in ministry need to understand. Just think about how often Jesus spoke of vines, fields, harvests, soil, seed, or wheat. He saw there are real similarities between how people grow and how nature grows.

On this Monday morning, there is one concept sticking with me from yesterday’s sermon: harvest.