Ministry Today proudly presents Greenelines, a new blog from Dr. Steve Greene.
Dr. Greene writes on a wide range of topics important to leaders, church administrators and young leaders in development.
He has lead business organizations, served as a dean of a college of business and lead as a senior pastor. Greene's primary focus is to equip the leaders of saints.Read Greenelines
And sometimes, church members don't even know they're doing it.
Whenever we focus on a truth to the exclusion of other aspects of truth, we end up in error.
When you're planning a sermon series, outreach or ministry, you must think of the various levels of spiritual maturity.
"Pastors, you need a break."
It's how God used Moses, David, Daniel and Esther mightily for His purpose.
It's something that is grossly neglected in thousands of churches across the U.S.
Your local law enforcement will certainly appreciate these acts of kindness.
Find your local college students. Hang out with them. Get to know them.
The pastor who serves well must learn to do a number of hard things.
God cannot move if we make these things objects of worship, as some churches do.
Whether you're a rookie church-planter or you're a veteran cross-cultural missionary, you will never outgrow these.
Life and ministry are way too hard to do alone.
Moses, Isaiah and Nehemiah all knew what the antidote is and took advantage of it to do great things. You can too.
"I am all for the Great Commission but not at the expense of the Great Commandment."
Being a believer is a huge responsibility, if you haven't noticed.
It's a clever trick the enemy uses to keep you from fulfilling your destiny.
Follow it and you can't go wrong. It has been effective for almost 2,000 years.
This could very well be a road map to explosive growth for your church.
There are many crucial teachings that are being left out of the messages heard at many churches these days.
You can thwart the enemy's plans to attack these important people.
It's not exciting or fun, but it prevents a lot of headaches down the road.
It's simply good stewardship.
With standing now conceded by the federal government in this case, this removes an important barrier for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
If you struggle with this, as you should, here are some things you might want to consider.
This list will help you understand them better and pray for them if they visit or join your church.
If I were on a pastor search committee, I would ask the congregation to establish up front whether they will support our acting in faith or if they want some kind of guarantee against failure.
You may know precisely what God has called you to do, but don't get anxious or impatient about when He will execute His plan.
Everybody knows the difference between a photo friendship and the real deal.
Here are seven temptations to lead alone you should avoid, and three good reasons to lead with others.
These five guidelines can help you avoid a muddled presentation.
These could save you a lot of grief the next time you think about a change in your church's programs or procedures.
They may have 'cheesy names,' but get them on your team and see what happens.
Without them, your work will be fruitless.
Even though our ministries are different, Scripture provides general guidance on essentials.
Noticing what everyone else is doing wrong is easy. It's difficult to admit when you're the problem.
Some congregations are in more than one category, and some are in all four.
The Lord told us to expect this. See Matthew 10.
There are many warning signs so you can catch it early.
Remember this: Whether your women's ministry will be a part of God's miraculous kingdom work depends in part on your focus.
Jesus gave His disciples at least four reasons for this.
How can you keep from falling into the same trap Olympic hero Michael Phelps did?
Leaders should be known for their thinking rather than their moods.
"I am discovering that the Holy Spirit will use the words of a street preacher who lived nearly 3,000 years ago to speak life into my weary ministry and discouraged heart."
How you choose your helpers will make an incredible difference, for good or bad, in your church.
Churches that don't have a singles ministry or have neglected the one they have should definitely read this.
Imagine if Peter had been unwilling to adjust his ministry expectations and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You will someday stand before the Lord and give account for them.
When life gets out of whack, it's something you must always come back to.