How I Do Ministry: Nathan

I’ve always been curious of how other pastors and church leaders work. So I shamelessly ripped of’s How I Work series and began to ask other church leaders questions about their work. 

Nathan P. Adams

Location (city/state): Denver, CO
Your Ministry (position/title): Lead Pastor, Park Hill UMC
One word that describes how you work: optimistically
Current mobile device: iPhone 7
Current computer/laptop: Macbook Air 11”

Connect with Nathan:

Describe a recent work day:
Coffee, meetings, scheming, mid-day run, meetings, dreaming, emails, community building

Gadgets/apps/tools that you cannot live without:
G-suite apps, iPhone, laptop, Spotify, the Skimm, Denver Post app,,, Wunderlist, Duolingo (slowly learning Spanish)

What’s your workspace set up like? (Do you do majority of work from office or do you work remotely):
Large church office spend about half my time there, rest of time is spent working remotely from home or out in the community meeting with members, community leaders, friends of the congregation, etc. My laptop goes everywhere with me except out on the running trail.

Best short-cut; life hack you use:
Umm, not sure, having a shower at the church allows me flexibility as to when I workout/run based on daily schedule and weather, when I run regularly, I’m a better pastor, person, and husband

How do you keep track of what you have to do:
Wunderlist and iCal

What’s one of the least favorite aspects of what you have to do:
Hiring and firing staff, no fun on both ends and there always seems to be so many emails in my inbox…

Passion/Side project of yours?
Running! On the way to running a marathon in all 50 states. 22 done so far!

What gives you joy about your work:
The people; their commitment and growth as followers of Jesus Christ. When they take what we are discussing, preaching, etc. and apply it to their lives. There isn’t much that is better as a pastor.

Currently reading/ or anything you’d recommend one to read
Reading “The Return of the King” by Windhorst and McMenamin
Just finished “White Trash” by Isenberg
Up next “Christians at the Border” by Carroll



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