Deacons and other mature leaders of the church have a responsibility probably not spelled out in their bylaws, but as necessary as any given them in scripture or by the membership: Be on a constant lookout for trouble and troublemakers within the congregation.
- December 16, 2011 |
I'm proposing that every church needs to have four teams of workers who will focus on people in the congregation who need our help.
- December 05, 2011 |
I'm a veteran. A veteran minister. I received the call to preach in April of 1961, which means we have recently passed the half-century mark for that anniversary. I began pastoring in November of 1962, and was ordained on December 2. I served 6 churches as pastor for 39 years and one as a staff minister for 3. Does this qualify me as a veteran?
- September 27, 2011 |
There are times when ministers do the most self-defeating things. Not all of them, thankfully. But enough to warrant our addressing the issue as a caution to the rest of the Lord's stable of shepherds. Here is my personal list of the 5 most frustrating things pastors do.
- September 24, 2011 |
This is the moment the preacher has had on his mind and heart all week long. Now, he has done this for years, and by now you would think he's got it down to a science and he can do this blindfolded--lead worship, read scripture, offer prayers, preach the Word, inspire the congregation--but not so. This is not like anything else anyone on the planet does.
- September 18, 2011 |
"Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life." What does it mean to be faithful? It means to live by faith, by a confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ that sends us into the world to represent Him, to serve Him by loving and serving others. To live by faith means to obey Him and remain steadfast for Him against overwhelming odds, in the absence of good feelings, even when circumstances force us to stand alone.
- September 11, 2011 |
Church people hear hundreds of messages, lessons, and sermons. They are fed such a relentless stream of revelations, insights, truths, principles, and biblical information that few of them walk into the sanctuary, take their seats, and look toward the pulpit expecting to hear something life-changing.
- September 08, 2011 |