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Minister's Toolbox is all about helping church leaders with encouragement, tools and resources to be more effective in ministry. 1500 pastors leave the ministry each month. That trend needs to stop! Casey and Patti Sabella have been in the ministry for several decades and offer practical advice for overcoming the many challenges that come working as a minister. Their 2 daughters, two sons and their respective spouses work with them in the ministry.




EP 90: Ethical Standards To Live By (Part Two)

In this second seminar, I address the issue of ethics a leader must display to the public. Our character speaks much louder than our sermons, and how we conduct ourselves among our neighbors has a huge impact. The next issue is how we relate to fellow spiritual leaders. Truthfully, this is the Church's greatest scandal as pastors compete with each other like immature school children for attention and recognition. Is it any wonder that God does so little with us collectively in a region? How...

Duration: 00:45:03

89: Ethical Standards To Live By (Part One)

We open the Fall Season with a two-part series on ministerial ethics. How should leaders behave in their personal lives and what are the consequences if they don't? We eavesdrop on a seminar to emerging leaders to explore how Christ wants ministers to conduct themselves. During the podcast, the speaker mentions the basic rules Billy Graham adhered to throughout his career. You can download this for free here. The speaker is Howard Renker, Sr. Pastor of Bethel Christian Church in Bristol,...

Duration: 00:29:59

EP 88: What I Learned In South Africa Could Change Your Ministry

My sons and I just returned from South Africa, experiencing many of the wonders that country brings. While there, God gave me some insight into John 3:3-5 that I believe may transform your thinking. During the podcast, I made reference to MileIQ, the free app that automatically tracks your mileage whenever you drive. Each day or week, it shows you accurate maps revealing where you went and then gives you the simple option of swiping to the left for personal miles or to the right for...

Duration: 00:16:00

EP 87: Why You Should Welcome Apostolic Ministry Into Your Church

How can legitimate apostolic ministry help your local church? What do apostles do to assist? How can we develop future apostolic and prophetic leaders? Is there a clear way to discern true apostles from false ones? During the podcast, I shared about my upcoming trip to South Africa. If you would like to connect with our journey, like my Facebook page.

Duration: 00:13:25

EP 86: What Does Five-fold Ministry Mean To The Church?

Joseph is the lynch pin who changed the course of church history in Acts of the Apostles. Who was he and what did he do? This is the third installment of a four part series on the role of apostles in the present day church. Why are they important? If you'd like to follow my upcoming trip to South Africa, connect with or subscribe to my new YouTube channel: If you'd like a transcript of today's show, click here.

Duration: 00:15:22

Why Do We Need Present-Day Apostles At All?

If present-day apostles exist, what is their role in today's church? Why did Jesus appoint apostles and prophets AFTER his resurrection to equip His church? How do we discern the true from the false? Get the free download here. Transcript of Today's Podcast

Duration: 00:13:33

EP 84: Are Present Day Apostles False Teachers?

Most believe firmly that the twelve apostles constitute the full depth and breadth of New Testament teaching about apostolic ministry. What does scripture teach. The answers will surprise you... and change your life forever. Have you given us a review yet? Always appreciated!

Duration: 00:18:20

EP 83: Should Women Serve As Pastors?

Is church leadership reserved for males only? What does scripture teach? Are you sure? This is probably the most crucial question you will face during your entire ministerial lifetime that will affect your congregation for years to come. During the podcast I mentioned some resources for further reading. Click here or here. I also mentioned the study guide, How To Discover Your Ministry for use in your church.

Duration: 00:14:59

EP 82: How To Think INSIDE The Box

Most people understand what it means to think outside the box. It means to be innovative and creative. While this is important, the opposite is also true. Knowing your sphere of influence is essential to fulfilling your calling here on earth. During the podcast, we offered a free download with a brief description of the gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12:28-31, Romans 12:34-8 and Ephesians 4:11. You can get the download here.

Duration: 00:15:02

EP 81: From Paraplegic To Sr. Pastor (Part Two)

Jack shares part two of his extraordinary journey from hospitalization to joining a church and eventually planting a church in Rocky Hill, CT. You can contact him about his book or their church here. During the podcast I mentioned MileIQ. You can get the free app here. If you have a ministry question you'd like featured on our podcast, you can ask here.

Duration: 00:13:47

EP 80: The Miraculous Healing of Jack Chamis (Part One)

Jack shares an amazing testimony of his recovery after an horrific accident left him as a paraplegic with no hope of regaining the use of his body. Currently, he is the pastor of Oasis of Life Christian Church in Rocky Hill, CT During the podcast, I mentioned the book, How To Discover Your Ministry. This study guide is ideal for individuals or groups to explore what genuine ministry entails, while driving them toward serving in the local church. For additional resources, visit...

Duration: 00:15:22

EP 79: How To Plant A Church From Scratch

Starting a new congregation out of thin air takes a special kind of calling. To ensure that Christianity grow and flourish, new churches must form. The "normal" way churches form, is heavy sponsorship from a larger congregation via a satellite network. This method has proven effective, but what about the pioneer church planter? What about the person who feels called to start a church without any of the normal resources many have come to expect? Shane and Maria Priebe share their story of...

Duration: 00:16:42

EP 78: How To Keep Your Integrity When No One Seems To Notice

Integrity is the gold standard in ministry that determines whether your calling is legitimate. How do you maintain your integrity when other leaders are quick to cut corners? During today's show, I mentioned my recent book, When A Good Church Goes Bad that you also download on Kindle or as an audio book. Through Audible by Amazon, you can get the book for free by signing up a for 30-day trial. If you decide not to stay with Audible, you can cancel within the trial period but keep When A...

Duration: 00:15:33

EP 77: What Does Your Burnt Offering Look Like?

Every minister if required by God to offering burnt offerings or be disqualified. What does yours look like and why is this so important? If this podcast blesses you, please share it on social media or via email with another church leader. If you'd like to read more articles about leadership, check out my blog.

Duration: 00:13:53

EP 76: How To Get Your Vision Back

We all know the verse, Without vision the people perish. That also applies to pastors and church leaders. How do you get your vision back when ministry has dealt you harsh blows? To get further resources, visit To leave an honest rating or review, go here.

Duration: 00:15:00

EP 75: Taxing Days For Church Leaders And What To Do About It

Ignorance about tax benefits afforded to ministers can be costly individually and to your church. Today, a discussion of two main tax benefits every pastor should know about and use effectively. During the show, I mentioned a free download with more detailed information here. I also spoke about MileIQ which you can get more information here.

Duration: 00:14:27

EP 74: How To Bring Your Teaching To The Next Level

Church leaders teach and preach their hearts out year after year, but do people truly become disciples? Should we adjust our methods? During the podcast, I mentioned the study guide for individuals or groups, Who's Your Master? Here is the link to my blog, Fresh Teaching.

Duration: 00:14:28

EP 73: All The (Fake) News That's Fit To Print

People come to us with minds jam-packed with misinformation, wrong ideas, beliefs and opinions. How do we influence them to change their thinking towards following the ways of Christ? During today's show, I talked about Stick Church. You can investigate this book here.

Duration: 00:15:08

What Flavor of Shibboleth Do You Prefer?

Shibboleth is an odd word used only once in scripture thousands of years ago. What does it have to do with present-day church ministry? Glad you asked! During today's podcast, I invited you to read my testimonial in the first chapter of my book. You can read it free here by pressing, Synopsis.

Duration: 00:13:58

ep 71: How to Help The Poor Without Losing Your Shirt

Jesus charged us to feed and clothe the poor. How much of our ministry should be devoted to caring out that charge? How do we discern who is poor vs. those who take advantage of the church? During the podcast, I offered a free guide to establish protocols for giving in your church. You can get it here.

Duration: 00:13:32

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