Weekend Links (to return) By popular demand, Weekend Links will be back on Friday evening. It is humbling to know how many of you reading the BLOG have benefited and desire to see them reappear. Weekend Links represent some of the best of my reading across the week. They ususally include: Links broken down in … More Coming Back by Popular Demand: Weekend Links
Wednesday is for Bible “The real strength of the Church is not the amount of its work but the quality of its faith. One man who truly knows his Bible is worth more to the Church’s real strength than a crowd of workers who do not.” —P.T. Forsyth The Church and the Sacraments. 9 Pray … More The Real Strength of a Church
Sitting here watching the second half of the Army-Navy game and saw someone comment on this post from 2013. In honor of the game and my Navy veteran Dad, here’s a lesson on church growth from a naval episode in World War II. Misinformation is Deadly to Your Church.
Monday is for Discussion A pastor asks: “How can I help my church increase their membership? It’s a small country Presbyterian church with mostly older members. Looking for ideas…” First thing about this question: It’s the wrong question. Here’s a better one, “How can we make more disciples of Jesus?” That said, once you have … More What Counsel Do You Give When You are Asked the Wrong Question?
Weekend Links Lots of links this week and most of them related to ministry in some way. Enjoy. Better Thinking About Ministry What Churches Will Exist in Ten Years? (Analyzing trends is always iffy but here’s an article that suggests some trends that need to be changed if the church is going to remain relevant in … More Links for Better Ministry: Better Living; Better Defense of the Gospel and much more
One to the exciting things about being a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America is the pastoral care and strategic networks that the national team puts together to resource and encourage pastors in their roles. From mid-winter theological ministerials where deeper theological discussions take place to networks of pastors gathering together in learning … More Raising Up the Next Generation of Multi-site Senior Pastors
Wednesday is for Thinking On Veterans Day I watched a short video about a Japanese attack on an American fleet during World War II. Seems the Japanese launched 5 kamikaze manned torpedoes at a fleet anchored near Guam. Two detonated on reefs, one was destroyed by a depth charge, one was spotted and rammed by … More Misinformation is Deadly to Your Church (or Church Plant)
I have already posted for the day but this link is important. Older pastors with lots of experience are tempted in many ways, (pride, arrogance, sense of entitlement, laziness to name a few) but this post is especially for young pastors as well. The going gets tough, people don’t appreciate you the way you think … More The Ugly Side of Christian Consumerism
Monday is for Discussion Grabbed this from Facebook Saturday afternoon. Bill Easum (Writer and President of 21st Century Strategies) was speaking Thursday in Baltimore when he mentioned that there are only four things that grow a church and that he had never seen a church doing these four things that wasn’t growing. Quoting Bill (slightly … More Four Things YOU Must Do to Grow Your Church? Really?
Tozer’s Corner “Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” William Carey Let’s pray together for our growth in personal holiness. And as we pray, let’s be guided by these words from the apostle Paul and A.W. Tozer. But as we have been approved by God to be … More The Key to Godliness