Author: Neil Schultz

By God's grace and for His glory, I love and lead my family of 8 into serving our Lord Jesus by helping church leaders and their spouses build healthy, resilient and productive lives, families and ministries. Connect with me! You'll find I'm surprisingly responsive!
Jesus Has Power Over Demons

Jesus Has Power Over Demons

How does Jesus have power over demons? This is one of my many stories how Jesus displayed His power through me. Grab a mug of tea and read this slowly. Just for starters, the beginning of my story is rather plain. Or so I thought.

Beginning my Spiritual Journey

The Lord Jesus Christ saved me from the ultimate penalty of my sins on August 16, 1992 (one month before my Senior year in High School began). I placed my trust in Him while asking questions about heaven and eternal life at Grace Community Church in Ramona, CA. I remembered the date because that was the first day I had ever owned a Bible of my own. The Youth Pastor had me write the date in it so I wouldn’t forget.

One year later, I graduated from High School, and attended San Diego State University. I was pursuing an up-and-coming career in opera there and had many opportunities for fame and success in the world’s eyes. I commuted 30 miles to college every day, Monday through Friday. During my first year there, my parents agreed for me to move out from my bedroom in their house into our attached garage. My dad converted it into where my older sister and brother had made their separate bedrooms before me. Since they both moved away from home the year before, I had the privilege to knock out the wall between the rooms and turn it into my own little studio apartment.

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From Busy to Reverence

From Busy to Reverence

How to Move From Busy to Reverence when anyone asks, “Hey, are you busy right now?”

Oh. Wow. How should I respond to that?

Many things occupy our attention and can distract us from what is most important – taking care of the people we serve. In addition to serving my family, I currently serve as a Chaplain at a hospital. One of their Core Values is Reverence – “We honor the sacredness and dignity of every person.” How can we move from busy to reverence?

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Rallying Armies for God’s Mission

Rallying Armies for God’s Mission

Discovering the Source for Where the Church Draws Its #Strength and #Unity

Last Sunday, I mused while in our worship service about the rallying armies to battle in ancient times. As we consider the purpose of our worship services, and what we are trying to accomplish in them, I think we will all agree our purpose is to “equip the saints for their ministry” (Ephesians 4:16).  Our Lord Jesus Christ has a mission for His Church: “Make disciples, baptizing… teaching to obey…” (Matthew 28).

How do you lead hundreds of people who come from different IQ’s, EQ’s, character, spiritual journeys, circumstances, economic status, vocations, stressors, family dynamics, musical preferences, spatial needs, attention spans, experiences, races, genders, learning styles, motivations, mental capacities and physical needs and turn them into a single, unified people ready to obey God’s Word and carry out His mission of disciple-making?

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How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

Thom Rainier’s (@ThomRainer) #podcast addresses a very painful reality that some #pastors and staff go through in the local church.  No one wants this as part of their #resumé, but being forced out of a church happens. Thom gives great advice on how to navigate the waters when leaving a local church was not your idea.  Listen to How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church whether you’ve walked through a similar season or not.  It will be of help to you and to other staff to whom you minister.

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End of Life Toolbox – Honor Loved Ones, Be the Hero

End of Life Toolbox – Honor Loved Ones, Be the Hero

Why an End of Life Toolbox?

As a Pastor, you encounter people who need care because they just lost a loved one. Our End of Life Toolbox is a vital tool in helping you provide and perform this most important event in the lives of families. In my experience, most pastors don’t leave seminary with any sense of how to conduct them. I went through Bible college and seminary, and even military Chaplain training, but it wasn’t until I served as a Funeral Director and Mortician that I learned this most critical art. Furthermore, how do you multitask when there are multiple occurrences of death at the same time?

I’ve created a resource for you on how to conduct funerals, memorial services, celebrations of life and gravesides. The resource is called the “End of Life Toolbox.”

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Productive Pastor in 7 Days Challenge

Productive Pastor in 7 Days Challenge

Become a more productive Pastor in 7 days with me

Want to be a more productive pastor? Through our new friends, MinistryLibrary.com, we’re joining a unique online challenge for busy pastors… LIKE YOU!!!

It’s a 7-day productivity challenge focusing on:

  • TIME MANAGEMENT – We all have 24 hours but some do more with theirs.
  • ENERGY MANAGEMENT – Energy not time is your most valuable resource.
  • LEVERAGED LEADERSHIP – Make the most impact with your time.
  • DELEGATION – 10 proven steps to delegating effectively.

Its 100% FREE but sign-ups will be closing soon!

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Practicing Biblical Stewardship

Practicing Biblical Stewardship

“‘Well done, good and faithful servant… Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt 25:21 NIV) What’s in the middle of that verse? You know, the ellipsis (…)? Answering this question sums up the content of this post about practicing Biblical stewardship. It isn’t just about the cliché time, talents and treasure.

“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”

Stewardship is honoring God and holding ourselves accountable for the human, financial and natural resources entrusted to our care.

God blesses us with authority in His future Kingdom when we are responsible stewards in this life.

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Advent Killers–Christmas Stress Relief for Pastors

Advent Killers–Christmas Stress Relief for Pastors

If you don’t know Pastor @PeteScazzero, you really need to acquaint yourself with him. His works on emotionally healthy spirituality (and its subsequent emotionally healthy leader, church, et al) are beyond impressive. This brief article on Christmas stress relief for pastors helps leaders with their top emotional problems this time of year.

His works are a breath of fresh air in a stale church sanctuary filled with self-help, Christian clichés, or useless platitudes on how to change and grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. Strangely enough, I completely relate to his church leadership challenges as he shares them in this insightful post.

I’ve added some minor additional content and additional resources in the links below, but the main article is his. I share this with you as an encouragement to focus this Christmas season on the antidotes to four of our Advent killers.

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