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A retired pastor gives some great perspective for those in the ministry about the holiday season.
Make appreciation your job. Breathe encouragement.
It's not about compromising your doctrine; it's about the church being at the heart of transforming your community.
These attitudes and actions are critical to your ministry's success.
When we focus on this, only then will we be free from the bondage of stuff.
If a person heeds the advice in all nine of these matters, his or her résumé will likely stand out from over 90 percent of the other résumés.
Many young people today make the huge mistake of thinking they know better than their father's generation simply because they are more versed in technology and social media.
Always expect to be called on to speak.
This is the time of year when our predetermined values and priorities must point the way to one specific spot.
Joseph Mattera says this should not be used as a measuring stick to harshly judge senior leaders and churches but to provoke thought and conversation.
"Only God knows. And He's not telling."
Create a culture of little wins.
They aren't staying out of church for the reasons you may think.
Sometimes the Bible speaks so clearly to our situations that it's almost painful to read.
Read why this relatively inexpensive and effective way to reach people is important.
Leaders help us find our place of ministry.
It's tempting to think David wasn't prepared before he met Goliath. He was.
Though there is no formulaic approach or magic-bullet program, there are repeated themes to glean from.
If you're one of those dreamers who has a book in you, it's time to buckle down and get the job done.
Comfort us, Holy Spirit, with your light.
Some of God's greatest warriors have taken one.
Visitors are likely making first assumptions about your church from its website. It's worth considering whether your site is being a faithful greeter to guests or if it's spreading unintentional lies about who you really are.
Millennials contribute so much to who we are and what we do.
Little foxes destroy the vineyard.
You can't pacify everyone all the time.
Do these things in your church and the number of people wanting to publicly demonstrate their faith through baptism should rise dramatically.
The Lord loves and gives through His creations.
While you're baking, shopping and partying, remind yourself of this daily.
If this comes to fruition, there could be devastating consequences.
You should never waste a wait.
Even if we are born to lead, we must learn to be effective.
Most people recognize that we need others to accomplish the vision God has given to us.
Here's why this is no time to conjecture on how planets aligned themselves into creating the wandering star that led the Magi to Bethlehem.
If you will practice these disciplines, expect to experience some of the most difficult and frustrating, yet beautiful and empowering moments in your ministry.
A plan to leave a legacy may be selfish.
Changing times can create stress, anxiety, problems and fear. How do you handle them?
The State of the Plate surveyed nearly 1,600 pastors, leaders and laypeople to assess the current state of giving to churches in America.
It is an incredible opportunity for most congregations.
If you build it, they will come. But will they stay?
A lot of activity doesn't necessarily translate to vibrant and healthy growing churches.
There are a few traps pastors should watch out for.
There is tremendous power in this attribute.
This spirit, prevalent in countless churches, runs counter to the very roots and identity of sonship that come from our heavenly Father.
Being a young pastor is not easy. It's tougher if you don't know what you're doing.
Frankly, it's what He wants from you all year round.
It will make things a lot easier for you.
The average American family seems to be in real trouble.
The gospel message was not written for a niche audience.
It is not unrealistic for members of your congregation to expect a few basic things from you.