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
Once you get rid of these, the trend is totally reversible.
With horror stories like Dylann Roof's massacre at Emanuel AME Church, how should you protect your flock?
Plant churches in markets where demand hungers for supply.
Diagnosing the exact cause(s) of being stuck in a holding pattern is critical.
These habits are easy to slip into and they are difficult to detect.
You need to do at least these three things.
All other incentives should be secondary.
Having a call does not mean you won't experience tough days. The only way one can thrive as a pastor is to have a secure call to the vocation.
The story in a classic novel by Washington Irving bears a striking resemblance to today's government in this country.
You may unknowingly be causing children to follow a "mutant" form of Christianity.
Prophetic worship is rooted in this. Passion can be faked.
One California pastor used to let these excuses rule his preaching. But one weekly challenge revolutionized his life—and his church.
God can use experiences like this show open your eyes to the darkness the enemy can plant in your heart.
Take the challenge. You will bless both yourself and your colleagues.
It's what Jesus would do.
In certain positions, the younger leader is a good or even sometimes better option.
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.