13 Best Practices for a Healthy and Happy Sabbatical

As of last Easter Sunday, I've now been pastoring in my congregation for 23 years! I didn't mention that in my Easter sermon since I wanted every precious minute to focus on the resurrection of Jesus, but as I've been catching my breath during this post-Easter week, I marked my anniversary in ministry by re-reading … Continue reading 13 Best Practices for a Healthy and Happy Sabbatical

Why Mentoring is Good for You and Everyone You Know

Please welcome Natasha Sistrunk Robinson as my guest this week. Although we have yet to meet in person, I've come to appreciate Natasha as a sister in ministry and member of the Redbud Writers Guild. While I continue working toward my book manuscript deadline for Christ is For Us, I'm celebrating Natasha's new book, Mentor for … Continue reading Why Mentoring is Good for You and Everyone You Know

Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times

When I signed my book contract with Abingdon Press, we agreed on a deadline of April 30, I arranged for a two-month study leave from pastoral ministry to help me finish my manuscript on time, and I determined not to accept any extra responsibilities at least until mid-May. Then I got Rick's email: would I … Continue reading Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times

My Ten Best Pinterest Boards: Creativity, Hybrid Publishing, Easy Food Gifts, and More!

"Oh I had forgotten that you were on Pinterest," says a reader, "You should remind us again." If you're a Pinterest fan, you may not need this reminder, but since I just learned a cool trick to embed my Pinterest boards here, I thought I'd try it below. If you're not familiar with Pinterest, well … Continue reading My Ten Best Pinterest Boards: Creativity, Hybrid Publishing, Easy Food Gifts, and More!

The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki

Here are my top ten articles for this year according to the total number of views--a good mix that embraces church and ministry, Scripture, prayer, personal, and writing themes. Have a quick scan below. Did you miss any of these? Is your favourite listed? Surprisingly, #1 this year is also my all-time most popular post! … Continue reading The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki

If You Want to Change the World

I'm blown away at what God does when we say yes and do it afraid, says Grace Fox, author of eight books, including Moving from Fear to Freedom, which is both a book and an award-winning DVD-based Bible study. From writing her first book to her first magazine articles, producing her Bible study DVD to working … Continue reading If You Want to Change the World

Spark Your Spiritual Gifts – Part Two

As requested, in this post I continue with my notes from the Mennonite Church B.C. Women's Ministry retreat. See my notes from Part One here.  As the giver of every good gift, God sometimes acts fast! Like the Holy Spirit suddenly descending on Jesus' first disciples and inspiring them to speak in other tongues (Acts … Continue reading Spark Your Spiritual Gifts – Part Two

Spark Your Spiritual Gifts – Part One

This weekend I broke a personal record by being at the lovely Camp Squeah for the third time in three weeks--our annual church retreat at the end of September, a pastors' retreat in early October, and then speaking at a women's retreat this weekend. Whew! Each time had a different focus and personality, with deep … Continue reading Spark Your Spiritual Gifts – Part One