What do you do when your situation frustrates, discourages, or disappoints you? In this article Dace advises what to do when you just want out.
As scandals of abuse and abuses of power are brought to light, the question comes to mind "Do pastors really have authority over their congregations?" Is "pastoral authority" a legit thing?
How's your attitude? Our attitudes reveal where we are placing our focus. Attitude is like a barometer for our hearts - it shows what's going on underneath. What you cultivate inside always finds its way out.
Take any introductory course to preaching and I can almost guarantee that you will learn about the three functional elements of preaching. They may not be called by that title,…
Want to make a good first impression? Making a good first impression is very important. Sometimes churches can overlook vital ways to improve the experience of a first time visitor. In this article we address seven areas that are critical for making a good first impression.
Jesus calls his followers to make disciples of all nations. The discipleship process begins with sharing the good news with the lost. Unfortunately, this great commission has become the "great omission" in many churches. In this article, Dr. Carl Bradford explains three critical moves every leader must make to cultivate an evangelistic culture in your church.
How does pastoral tenure impact church health? It is not uncommon to see churches change pastoral leadership every few years and in some cases every few months. In this article, Dr. John Mann explains how pastors serving for an extended time can contribute to church health. Before you make a move in ministry, consider the impact you could have by staying at your current post.
Serving Christ in a local church is a special calling. The decisions you make, the causes you champion, and the life you live all have an impact on the ministry. We are all leaving some type of legacy. What type of legacy are you leaving behind? In this article, Pastor Chris Ortego reflects on the type of legacy he endeavors to leave in a well-established church.
Have key members in your church tried to get rid of you on multiple occasions? Has your flock deliberately tried to undermine your ministry? Have you been the object of fierce hostility, anger, and spite? If so, you are in company with one of history’s greatest preachers: Charles Simeon (1759-1839). In this article we will look at the turbulent beginnings of one of the greatest preachers of the nineteenth century.
Why do we have such a hard time adjusting to life when things don't go our way? Oftentimes, we look to blame outward things (situations, circumstances, and people) when what we're really upset about is our unspoken, oftentimes unrealistic expectations.
As Christ-followers, what place does profanity have in our lives? Is there a link between the words that flow out of our mouths and the condition of our hearts? What does the Bible have to say about these things?
There may never be the perfect time to talk about your church’s finances, but today we will add some greater detail around budgeting and forecasting for your church. This article is a response to an earlier post, Church finance: the business basics.
There are many pitfalls on the path to good leadership. In this post we will discuss common hazards of Christian leadership. Knowing these hazards will better prepare you to lead well in your ministry.
What does frustration in life have to do with our theology? In this article, we'll take a look at how God can work deeply in us through the trials of life, unchanging circumstances and difficult people.
Does God call us to be warriors?Being a Christian and a warrior are two ideas seldom connected in the modern world. However, if Christians embraced the discipline and ethic of a warrior, we would see an unparalleled resurgence of strength, leadership, sacrifice, courage, and love in our world. In this post, I’ll identify two more areas Christians can embrace the call to be a warrior.
Ministry and church leaders wear many hats as they seek to fulfill their calling. This article is designed to assist pastors and church leaders as they navigate the financial aspects of ministry by providing a basic foundation of business principles. The knowledge and application of these principles will help strengthen the financial integrity of any ministry. Stay tuned for additional articles on managing ministry financials.
Being a Christian and a warrior are two ideas seldom connected in the modern world. If Christians embraced the ethic and discipline of warriors, our world would see radical change in Christian leadership.
The Gospel brings about a radical change in our lives. How should our parenting be impacted by Gospel truth? In a world full of conflicting information, God's Word provides the needed foundation to lead our children in following Christ. In this article, we will discuss a few areas where the Gospel can produce liberating changes in our approach parenting.
Being well-known and having deep and abiding relationships with others are two completely different things. Some pastors are hesitant to develop relationships that go beyond surface matters out of a fear of being hurt or betrayed. In this post, we will discuss a few reasons why it is critical for pastors and ministry couples to cultivate deep friendships with others.
Have you ever been troubled by your thoughts? Maybe you know what it is like to be burdened by chronic worry, fear, despair, or anger. Sometimes our minds can feel like a battleground. However, as a Child of God, we don’t have to let negative thoughts live “rent free” in our minds. In fact, the Bible talks about taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (see 2 Cor 10:5). In this article, we will walk through the steps to kick troubling thoughts to the curb.
The dinner table is a much under-used tool for evangelism and discipleship. As God has torn down the barrier that once separated us, inviting others to share a meal in our homes can also help tear down barriers. This post explains how we can use our dinner tables in an effort to reach out to others and build the Kingdom.
There will be times in ministry when you are going to be hit. You will be the subject of criticism (some warranted and some unwarranted). Occasionally, someone fueled by a sense of self-contrived justice, is going to say something to you that is unfair, insulting, or ill-informed. Expect it. How do you face an unjust critic or personal insults? During this post we will discuss the keys to keeping your focus on Christ even when targeted by a critic.
There are no vacation days available when it comes to spiritual warfare and the fight can be exhausting. The struggle is real. Some days it feels as if the enemy never takes a holiday. In this post we discuss several ways to keep your focus on God when enduring difficulty, discouragement, and spiritual warfare.
Are you experiencing depression in ministry? Depression in ministry should not take us by surprise. Like other obstacles in our lives, it can cause us to look to Christ, lean on God's promises, and rely on the Holy Spirit to get us through.
Are you in bi-vocational ministry? Bi-vocational ministry has unique challenges and opportunities. This article highlights some of the advantages of serving God in bi-vocational ministry. Bi-vocational ministers have the opportunity to leverage their calling in the workplace for the glory of God.
Is bitterness ruining your ministry? Bitterness is a real killer of effective ministry. Every man and woman in ministry must guard against this danger. In this post I’ll explain the ways bitterness can take root in our lives. Understanding how bitterness grows prepares us to be on guard against this danger.
How do you find balance between ministry work and family life? Here are a few tips to help find the balance we all need.
Be sure to check out our series on how to love your wife in ministry: Part 1: 5 Ways to love your wife dailyPart 2: Loving your wife: a long-term strategy…
How can pastors lead their church during times of transition while creating a healthy culture and reaching the community with the Gospel? How do pastors and church leaders maintain a healthy balance during seasons of change? We believe that you can learn best on how to thrive in transition, by hearing from Sam Rainer. All this on the Thriving in Ministry podcast. On today’s episode we are talking with Sam Rainer, Pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church. Sam helps lead Church Answers and Rainer Publishing as well as co-hosting the EST.Church and Rainer on Leadership podcasts.
How can your preaching increase its impact during a time of crisis? During any time of uncertainty, pastors must preach off of a solid foundation. On today’s episode, Kyle Willis and Dace Clifton discuss how pastors and church leaders can make the best out of a bad situation.
How can you empower your team to unleash their creativity into the work of your church? During these times of increased pressure, there will be new ways that your church will want to increase your impact. On today's episode, Kyle Willis and Dace Clifton talk with Steven Hall, from Mod Scenes, on how church leaders can thrive in creativity. We’ll talk about how your church can improve their overall programming, even on a budget.
Do you want to connect with your audience? Clarity is a critical component of effective preaching. When you are clear, people remember and can apply your teaching to their lives. On today’s episode, Kyle Willis and Dace Clifton talk about how to clarify your preaching so it is more memorable and effective.
How will your church reopen? Many churches are beginning to formulate their plans for reopening. Your church will never get a second chance to make that first impression.
What's your top priority? On today’s episode we talk about 4 different ways to respond well to these new pressures and challenges. We’ll lay out a plan for you to better manage your schedule and life so that you don’t come up empty.
How is your family? Pastors and church leaders are learning how to operate in a changing enviroment. Learn hour your family can thrive in this unusual time.
Churches are wondering how to best function during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis. Kyle Willis and Dace Clifton share about the ministry and non-ministry related tasks that church leadership should be thinking through this week.
How can pastors stay motivated, growing, and effective in ministry? Carl Walker, founder of En Gedi retreat, shares keys to effective ministry.
Pastors need rest. Carl Walker shares his fresh perspective from working with dozens of pastors every year. Rest is not something we do apart from ministry, it should be a part of your ministry.