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Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, inadequate, preaching, sermon, ministry, Bible study, Christ, Holy Spirit
Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those Sundays and you’re the preacher? I sat in church last Sunday wondering if my pastor was struggling in his sermon. He’d chosen a difficult subject, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, slow-moving church, clear vision, growth, decline, music, giving, community, understanding, tools, outreach, impact, written plan, calendar
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline. But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum? Here are a few points I have found helpful: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preaching, pastors, less is more, St. Francis of Assisi, words, Sunday, radio, Ecclesiastes, sketching
... for instance, one day after Thanksgiving, I sketched a dozen people in the breakfast room at our hotel next to the interstate. Later, I sketched a half dozen or more in a restaurant 200 miles up the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, atheist, gospel, intimidated, flight, St. Louis, Denver, preacher, shock, questions, grenade, Paul, Christ, why, anger, church
Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked, the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher, and he confessed he was an atheist. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors.com, return invitation, preaching, guest, senior pastor, time limit, arrive early, stay late, audience, topic, series, transitions, compliment, preparation, feedback
Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, sermon, weekly, thoughts, preaching, preparation, topic, message, identify
Great (God) thought. I love it. This will preach. Why did I pick this topic? This message stinks! I wish I had another week. It’s coming together. Now that’ll preach. Let’s do this! I wish I had said it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, preaching, teaching, exhorting, proclaiming, Bible, organization, Psalms, faith, worship
Most preachers would rather preach than teach. Even the names say that, don’t they?  We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.”  And yet … In seminary, we used up an entire class period one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Preaching, eye contact, sermon, Brandon Hilgemann, churches, connecting, pastor, notes, trust, confidence
I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time, pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kurt Bubna, awesome, awful, empowerment, fear, insecurity, rejection, flesh, preacher's kid, pastor, pride, heart, grow, dust, move on, spiritually mature, blessers, biters, New Testament
We pastors are a strange lot. We have been called and commissioned by God, empowered beyond our own resources, and granted the privilege of caring for His flock. And yet we still struggle with fear and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Geoff Surratt, Ron Carpenter, congregation, devastation, pain, evil, family, Redemption World Outreach Center, pastor's kid, integrity, transparency, human, vulnerability, broken, accountability, ...
My heart broke last week as I watched pastor Ron Carpenter pour out his heart in his weekend message to his congregation. It was a gut-wrenching experience as he shared with his church the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, pastors, Christ, new creations, baptisms, career, seminary, worship, give, preach, serve, minister, faith
Nothing affirms a pastor more than seeing people come to Christ and become new creations. That’s why ministers whose churches are regularly baptizing new believers cannot wait to tell you about it. They’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, outside the box, unsaved, unchurched, pastor, Craig Groeschel, comedian, church service, empowerment, preaching, grace, biblical message, invitation, laughter, risk
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who’s been rocked by Craig Groeschel’s famous statement that, “If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Atkinson, preaching, plan, pastors, message, sermon, worship leader, 9/11, synergy, bi-vocational, volunteer, retreat, series
Everywhere I go, I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ball games, in convenient stores—all over. It’s gotten stuck in my head. So I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Os Hillman, competition, division, Bible, Jesus, unity, Body of Christ, scripture, F.B. Meyer, Charles Spurgeon, preacher, move of God, John 17:23, kingdom principle
Did you know there is a very common word that is used in our culture that you cannot find in the Bible? It is the word competition. Jesus never talked about it, but He did talk about the opposite of that ... [ +++ ]
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