The Worst Sermon I Ever Preached

I still remember my first real sermon. It was on a Sunday night in a small country church. They’d asked me to fill in that night while their preacher was gone and this teenager was really nervous about it. I’d done a couple of short Wednesday night devotionals, but NEVER a real Sunday sermon. I […]

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Pepperdine Lectureship 2013

I am thrilled about making my first trip to the Pepperdine Lectureship this year. I will get to present two lessons on “Marriage and Family” while I’m there. Lea and I are excited about making some classes and seeing beautiful Southern California. If you’re going you might want to check out the follow information and apps […]

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When God Puts Someone In Your Life That Needs Help … Don’t Call Someone Else, YOU Bless them.

I love ministry, I really do. But one of my pet peeves is people calling me to do their ministry for them. When God puts someone in your life that needs loving, serving or ministering to … YOU do it.  If you need help, I’ll help you … but you try it first. For example, […]

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Ministry Advice From An “Old” Minister

I had a reality check this week when a “young” minister called me wanting some ministry advise from an “older minister.” What exactly did he mean by “older preacher?”  Come to think of it, maybe he was wanting Patrick Mead’s number … he’s much older and much wiser than I am. Funny thing was, I’m […]

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17 Signs Your Church Might Be Dying

You may have already read these, but according to Barna, 3500-4000 churches close their doors every year… AND recently the Christian Chronicle just published a report saying that in the past nine years that church attendance has dropped by more than 100,000. Just a few days ago I visited with a man that was very concerned […]

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6 Things That Have Made Me A Better Minister

I’ve been doing ministry for about 25 years now. (Insert “old guy” joke here). In those 25 years, ministry techniques have come and gone. I’ve learned both good and bad ways to minister to people. There are plenty of things in the last 25 years that have and have not worked. Over the last few […]

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11 Things I Said I Would NEVER Do In Ministry

Many years ago when I started in ministry, there were certain things I said that I would NEVER do. On some I’ve held true, and on others I’ve failed miserably. Here are some of those things I said I’d NEVER do in ministry … I said I would NEVER want to be called anything but […]

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Monday Morning Thoughts and Pictures…

I’ve got nothing profound for you today, (Ha, it’s not like I usually do anyway!) but here are a few things going on in my little world … I’ve told you before about my friend Willie (not his real name). We occasionally buy him groceries, help him with clothes and just try to be his […]

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I Love Doing Minsitry … Augment #2

We are starting or second Augment Project today. We’re going to do an extreme home makeover on this house and give it to a needy family. A group of AIM students are in Childress today to begin the cleaning project. In a few months this house will look amazing.

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Please Don’t Be Mean to Your Minister/Preacher

There’s a clear line between constructive criticism and simply being a critic. I’ve always welcomed constructive criticism, believing that I can learn and grow from anything that’s said in a loving spirit. I’ve also never been one to wear my feelings on my sleeve. In fact, I’ve always felt I have thick skin when it […]

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The Gift of Food Stamps

We are making a conscience effort to reach out to people in our community that are different than us. Different backgrounds, race, traditions, opinions, etc. Our goal is not to see these people as mission projects, but as friends. I’ve told you about my friend Willie and I’ve also told you about my friend Haley […]

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Ministry Can Really Hurt Sometimes

Haley cried last night as she talked … because sometimes ministry can really hurt. Last night we had a Bible study at our house. Every week a group of about 15-20 people meet to study, pray and encourage one another to be Jesus in others lives.  One of the things we decided when we started […]

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A Few Things I Think on Monday…

I really need to get busy. I’ve got a busy Monday ahead and don’t really have time to be thinking about the following things … but I am. So here are a few things I SHOULDN’T be thinking about …. but I am: BIRTHDAYS: Thanks for all the birthday wishes on Facebook. I had a […]

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7 Goals in 2011

2010 has been an amazing year. I can’t help but smile when I look back and think about all the things I’ve been blessed to be a part of. Just thinking about it makes me excited about the new year that is right around the corner.  Here are a few things I’d like to do […]

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We’re Covering Everything from Ministry to Sex

My friend Peter Pollock asked if I’d do an interview for him a few weeks ago. I’d like to simply say, Peter asks some tough questions.:) Peter had me cover everything from ministry, to cancer, to having a great sex life. I invited you to come read …. PART 1 IS HERE and PART 2 is […]

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10 Things I LOVE About Being a Minister

At the first of this week I shared with you, “10 Things that Frustrate me as a Minister.” I think it’s only fair that I also share with you this post … 10 Things I LOVE About Being a Minister… I love getting to be a part of people’s lives. What an honor it is […]

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10 Things that Frustrate Me as a Minister…

I have always been a glass-half-full type person. I choose to focus on the positives and not the negatives. But someone asked me this week, “Is there anything that frustrates you?” They couldn’t believe there were things that got under my skin. Although I choose not to focus on them … here are a few… . People […]

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NOAH WAS AN AWESOME PREACHER

I’ve been reading and thinking about Noah this morning. For over 100 years while Noah built the ark, he preached to the lost people around him. When the ark was finished and he was done preaching, the invitation was given, and the only people willing to get on the ark with him was his family. […]

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10 THINGS I’M STILL LEARNING ABOUT MINISTRY

It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been in ministry … I continue to learn new things about God, myself, others and church. Here are some things I’m learning about ministry and life right now… I’m learning that ministry is not a job, but a lifestyle. It’s who you are, not something you do. When I […]

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR MINISTER FROM QUITTING

Nearly every month it breaks my heart to hear of another minister getting out of the ministry. There are lots of reasons ministers get out… yes, sometimes they’re moral issues, but most of the time they leave because they’re burnt out or pushed out. Not only has there become a minister shortage because good men […]

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THE EXCITING LIFE OF A MINISTER

You may be thinking that my life as a minister is pretty dull, but I have to tell you, you’re way off on that thought. It can be a roller-coaster thrill ride at times. It’s the little things that take place every day that make it exciting. Here’s an example… A while back, I went […]

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A CUP OF COFFEE WITH AN ALCOHOLIC

The Christmas card I carry in my bible is over 10 years old, and still serves as a powerful reminder of how simple Christianity can be sometimes. The card came from a sweet teenage girl named Cindy. There’s nothing fancy about the card, but the words still rip at my heart. Cindy’s dad had been […]

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YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE JESUS

Speaking of Jesus, Luke said, “…he went around doing good” (Acts 10:38). This past week our young people looked a lot like Jesus when they had “Work Camp ’08″ in the Childress community. This was not a fundraiser of any kind, but simply a ministry to people. For five full days our youth gave up […]

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I LOVE WATCHING GOD WORK IN MY LIFE

I’m amazed at the new things God teaches me in my daily walk with Him. I’m often overwhelmed how He puts people in my life or He puts me in certain situations to minister to others or to be ministered to. I pray every morning that God would bless my life today with someone new […]

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TORNADO IN CHILDRESS

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their calls, emails and messages that comforted us after the town of Childress was hit by a tornado Sunday night. We were actually at the park when it hit, but we quickly scrambled to our neighbor’s basement for safety. Electricity was out for about 14 hours […]

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10 REASONS PREACHERS GET FIRED

Preachers and ministers in the churches of Christ have always been movers. I read once that church of Christ ministers move on average about once every 3 years. Personally, I’m glad I’ve hung around in my ministries longer than average. The worst part of ministers moving is when they have to move because they’ve been […]

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TELL SOMEONE

Two weeks ago at my Uncle Roy’s funeral, I visited with my friend Donnie. Just a couple of years earlier Donnie’s son had died unexpectedly. Donnie was doing well but told me that after his son passed away he had made it his goal to tell people what he thought about them while they were […]

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A FAVORITE MINISTRY

Let me share with you one of my best ministries. It takes place every Wednesday morning in the elementary school library. Before school starts I have about 30-40 children who show up for a devotional. We sing songs about God and then have a Bible story. Each week I bring an object in my “red […]

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MISTAKES I HAVE MADE IN MINISTRY

About a year ago I posted an article called “10 Lessons I Learned in Ministry.” I love talking and writing about ministry. I started my ministry as a youth minister at the young age of 20. Not long after that the desire to preach was SO overwhelming that I moved from youth ministry to preaching. […]

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SCARY MINISTRY JOBS

Here is something that is painful, scary and a little funny. But mostly scary. The following are two ACTUAL job postings for ministry positions. The “Preacher Needed” one was found in a brotherhood paper and the other from a website for youth ministers. I’ve only modified a few tiny things to keep it anonymous. FIRST […]

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SPIRITUALLY TIRED

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Psalm 57 this week. And let me tell you why … I have a confession to make, occasionally I get really tired, really tired. I’m talking tired emotionally, physically and yes, spiritually. Sometimes I get this way because Satan has been pounding on me. Other times it’s […]

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MY MOST IMPORTANT MINISTRY

I got a call Monday morning from a man who was interested in my ministry in Childress. He asked if he could ask me some questions. I told him sure, ask away. He asked lots of questions about different areas of my ministry. Once we’d finished talking, there were two of his questions in particular […]

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WHY MINISTERS QUIT

It happened again this past week. Another minister has left the ministry. When I asked him why, his explanation was simply, “I’m just burned out.” In an article I read recently by Dan Chun, he tells about Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, who said, “the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in […]

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A BLOGGING MINISTRY

In the beginning I started blogging as a way to voice my thoughts and opinions, but more and more I’m seeing it as ministry that has really blessed me. My stat-tracker at the bottom of this page tells me that I can expect between four and five hundred visitors on this site everyday. Weekends are […]

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A CHILD IS NEVER TO YOUNG TO LEARN ABOUT GOD

A new tool called Baby Signs is helping babies learn to communicate with sign language before they can talk. The video below is a 13 month old little girl who is learning to read. Do not underestimate the learning potential of your baby or the babies in your children’s ministry at church. From this video […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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