Resources by Mike Leake

Mike Leake, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Jasper, Indiana. He is currently pursuing his M.Div. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Nikki, and they have two children, Isaiah and Hannah.

May 7, 2015

You'll Play How You Practice by Mike Leake

When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.

Sep 14, 2015

Why Your Pastor Might Be Depressed Today by Mike Leake

He isn’t being lazy—he’s being human. Monday morning depression is a real thing for most pastors.

Apr 23, 2015

When You Didn't Bring the Bread by Mike Leake

In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.

Feb 23

Rules Without Reasons by Mike Leake

Sometimes, we won't think there are good enough reasons given to obey God, yet we are called to obey Him anyway.

Sep 1, 2015

Preacher, Don't Move the Fence in Your Sermon by Mike Leake

It isn’t wise to go about moving fences unless you realize why that fence was there in the first place.

Dec 9, 2015

One Reason Pastors Can Be So Miserable by Mike Leake

This is why I believe so many of us pastors battle depression and discouragement . . .

Mar 23

One Problem With Being an Insecure Minister by Mike Leake

The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.

Jan 7, 2016

In Pastoral Counseling, Genre Matters by Mike Leake

After a long silence the empty-eyed man opens up. You have a hard time processing this overflow of emotions. There is so much in there which is simply not true.

Mar 9

Helping Our Daughters To Be Sexually Pure by Mike Leake

The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.

Jan 10

Don't Pollute the Stream by Mike Leake

If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.

Feb 9

Diary of an Ex-Shepherd by Mike Leake

"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."

Jun 15, 2015

A Goodbye to Youth Ministry by Mike Leake

As I find myself passing the student ministry baton off to others, I have laid out for them a simple philosophy of youth ministry. Perhaps it will be beneficial to you as well

Jan 24

5 Words That Should Scare Your Pastor by Mike Leake

Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.