Pastors

Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, congregations, search committees, pastors, elder board, lay leaders, contact, stay in touch, limbo, issues, strengths, challenges
On occasion, I provide updates on issues and strategies regarding pastor search committees. Congregations across America call pastors to their churches in a variety of ways. As church polity varies, so ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, bad, committee, position, church, congregation, executive pastor, healthy church, rejection
... of people for Christ in this church and throughout the community. How many? God knows. And knows He does, make no mistake (see 2 Timothy 2:19). And, the biggie:  In 2004, the Lord made me the "Director ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, syncretism, obscurantism, churches, pastors, contexualization, missional conversation, gospel
A quick search for the word "contextualization" on this blog will reveal how important I believe it is for the church that truly wants to engage in God's mission. I have written and spoken on the subject ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, serve, position, honor, young pastors, ministry, Holy Spirit, buzz saw, spiritually immature, humble, candid
Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed and Holy Spirit-guided. And then they run into reality. The image of "running ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money, manipulation, pastors, Hagar, Africa, Internet, healing, spiritual gifts, signs, wonders, Satan, Garden of Gethsemane, contributors, decisions for Christ, servant, community
A stock cartoon situation that has set up punch lines for thousands of comics has someone climbing to the top of a mountain to consult a guru for his pearls of wisdom.  In today's Hagar comic strip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Recreation
Tags: Ron Edmondson, rejuvenate, dream, play, reconnect, vacation, goals, leader, church, pastors
I recently returned from a beach destination wedding. Someone has to do those, you know. Cheryl and I tacked on a few days of vacation since we were at the beach. It was refreshing. As I was finishing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Charles Arn, sermon, series, pastors, relevance, Sunday School, James Emery White, index cards, wonder, worry, wish, financial, responses, illustration
Here's how to be guaranteed that listeners will eagerly anticipate your next series of messages, waiting to hear your words—and God's—on the selected topic. First, some background ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, ministerial leaders, retire, church, rock stars
When I read a story on how difficult it is for writers, artists, and rock stars to retire (May 20th in the U.K.'s Telegraph) by critic Neil McCormick, I immediately thought of pastors and ministry leaders. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, pastors, church members, human, family member, criticize, bad days, sermons, home runs, sensitive, salary, church numbers, true friend, preaching, good people, ...
In a recent article, I noted nine things church members would like to say to their pastors. In this article, I represent the pastors. Please hear me clearly. Most pastors love church members dearly. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, burnout, ministry, emotions, thinking, mistakes, issues, pastors, feelings, facts, comparison, Bible, Billy Graham, blame, fault, exaggerate, negative
One of the issues that we sometimes address here at pastors.com is the issue of ministry burnout. And when we do address it, the responses are overwhelming. It's a big issue. Why do so many pastors burn ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church members, LifeWay Christian Resources, care, visit, teach, Bible, Word, preaching, change
I am among the most blessed men in the world. God has graciously saved me and sustained me. I have an incredible family. The place and ministry where I serve vocationally is a gift from God. And then, ... [ +++ ]
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