Author: marcusjcarlson

Israel 2022

Our 2021 Israel trip is getting ready to leave, but we are gearing up for our 2022 trip! Click here to learn more! The trip is November 7-16, 2022. There are three optional extensions for an additional cost. Marcus will be leading/participating in the Cairo and the Route of the Exodus extension, November 16-22.


I am always looking to share resources for pastors, churches and any leader who considers themselves a follower of Jesus. One of the ways I share those resources is through the blog for the ministry I lead, Preparing for Amazement Ministries. Here you can find information on habits of healthy churches, habits of healthy leaders, interim ministry, leader self-care and more. Visit the blog to learn more!

Footsteps of Paul in Greece & Turkey 2022

Join me for an amazing journey in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Greece and Turkey. Experience the New Testament come to life along with amazing architecture, history and natural beauty. Optional extension: Greek Isles cruise to include Ephesus and Santorini! Greece & Turkey: June 15-24, 2022 Greek Isles Extension: June 24-27, 2022 Trip pricing is from Chicago, however you can request to fly from almost any major airport in the United States or […]

Ashes to Ashes

Seventeen years ago today, on Ash Wednesday, a movie about the death of Jesus came out, The Passion of the Christ. At the time I was serving a church in Lafayette, IN. The best church I have ever served and one of the best staff teams I have ever worked with. We went, as a staff (with some spouses and church members) to see the movie after the Ash Wednesday service. As we were standing […]

Why I like Orange

I often get asked  why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much. I have always liked the color orange. It is vibrant, fun, easy to notice and not as celebrated as many of the other main colors. I grew up near Syracuse, […]

Leading Change Seminar

Change is difficult. Change is a necessarily reality, especially as we seek to help our organizations fulfill thier purpose. Leading change is both a blessing and a challenge. In this seminar we will explore the nature of leading change and leading through change. We will look at various aspects, challenges and joys that come with change in any setting. We will also address some practical tips and tools for leading through change in the healthiest […]

Generational Understanding Seminars

We are offering one of our most popular seminars in an online format for the first time, Generational Understanding! Generational Understanding Seminars There is a great divide between generations in many ways. We will explore the nature of generational differences, examine each of the generations in the world today and consider how to best understand and work with one another for the greater good. A great event for all, especially those who lead and manage […]

Check on Your Pastors: Reflections on the Mental Health of Ministry Staff

My name is Marcus Carlson and I am a pastor. For more than two decades I have served in a variety of church and other ministry settings in intern, interim, part and full time capacities. At the end of 2019, I left full-time church ministry work. I felt God calling me to use my gifts in a broader way, to build and revitalize the church and to train, support and care for pastors and ministry […]

Why we Need to Check in on Each Other and Other Important Thoughts on Transition, Grief, Change and More

April 15, 2020. I type these words in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a season that is in many ways unprecedented. It is a time of great uncertainty, fear, change, grief and so much more. It is in many ways unfamiliar territory as communities, schools, businesses and entire countries are shutting down. People are facing economic and physical hardship, loss of jobs, loss of life and much more.  Why we Need to Check in […]

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