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How we fence the Lord’s table at our church

Have you ever noticed that when you watch a movie or television show and a nightclub is part of the scene, there seems to be two different types of security strategies?

10 reasons not to do Vacation Bible School in your church

As a pastor, I always looked forward to Vacation Bible School. It was a great opportunity to interact with the children and adults in our church, reach families in our community, and share the Gospel. It was one of my favorite weeks of the year! That being said, there are some good reasons not to do Vacation Bible School. Here are just a few:

What kind of transformation does your preaching bring?

Think of a man named Sam, who has benefited from seven years of Bible preaching. When he first came to church, he was a mess. Now he is an entirely different person. You have seen complete transformation in his life. This kind of life change is every preacher’s goal. Sam tells others about Jesus, votes his values, and labors in the community to push back darkness. And he does these mighty works in the name of Jesus.

Praying at the crossroads

The baseball legend Yogi Berra offered humorous and seemingly contradictory advice when he said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” All of us come to proverbial “forks in the road” when the choices we should make or the directions we should take are not immediately obvious.

Strategies for managing stress in ministry

I have been in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years and have seen many ministers burn out, quit when they shouldn’t or even disqualify themselves because they never learned how to deal with the inevitable stress that comes with ministry. Serving the local church, or any type of ministry, can become a grind if you don’t adopt some strategies to deal with stress.

Remember the missionaries: Caring for those we send

What happens to missionaries once they leave our churches? We should all be asking this question when we launch missionaries from our congregations. However, for too many churches, the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” rules the day.

An easy formula to evaluate your church’s growth (or decline)

I get it. Numbers are not everything. Indeed, numbers are not the most important thing. But a balanced use of numbers can be helpful.

Increasing Scriptural exposure and engagement in an era of double literacy loss

Book reading is on the decline. Fewer people read books these days, and those who do read less often than before.

Seven reasons you can rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ

After defending the truth of the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ at length, the apostle Paul sang a deeply heartfelt hymn of rejoicing (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). This hymn was drawn from the prophets Isaiah and Hosea (Isaiah 25:8; Hosea 13:14). The Bible provides us with a multitude of profound reasons why we can also rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

What happens when we blame others for ministry difficulties

As a pastor, I really do understand. Ministry is hard, and some people in churches never get on board. Nevertheless, Thom Rainer showed years ago that pastors of Breakout Churches “refuse to blame others. They accept the responsibility that comes with being a leader.”