Mark leads The Riddle Group consulting firm and Redeeming Leadership LLC. He's the author of Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors: A Church Leaders Guide to Youth Ministry, and The Official Church Staff Manual: Youth Pastor Edition. His most recent book is Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads.
Mark spends his time investing in people and has a special place in his heart for people in ministry.
Pastors, here’s a short list of activities to find freedom: 1. Stop feeling like you should have all the answers to the questions people ask. We both know you don’t. Freedom is found in not being responsible for the answers others are asking. ... read more
Background A local church near my house relocated about 10 years ago to reach more people. They bought the land and built a bigger sanctuary. By the time it was all said and done, with a building that could hold them, they had spend about $60 million. Th... read more
“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It... read more
Some have asked for me to share more about my journey. This is an attempt to unpack some things in my head. First a bit of foundational stuff in my head. In the beginning was God. God made creation including humanity and God said it was good. Creation and... read more
A few years ago I walked into a local church’s all-purpose gymnasifellowship-halliam for a local denominational pastors meeting a friend who lives elsewhere was speaking at. I’d never attended this group before, nor felt inclined to do so, but... read more
“The preacher tells the truth by speaking of the visible absence of God because if he doesn’t see and own up to the absence of God in the world, then he is the only one there who doesn’t see it, and who then is going to take him seriously when he tr... read more
Facebook and news streams talk of fearing the government, with references to Hitler and talk of tyranny and conspiracy. There is a gravity of fear. Fear has a gravitational pull. There are times when our fear changes our circumstances to bring our fears t... read more
Over lunch a United Methodist pastor paraphrased Adam Hamilton (the pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City… a UM church.) When talking to young potential pastors Adam suggested 3 reasons to become a United Methodist Pastor. (1) You ... read more
I’ve never been selected for Jury Duty myself, but in honor of my wife, who is currently in a small room downtown with 200 other sniffling people during flue season, I will suggest some ways to be rejected and sent home. 1. When asked your first que... read more