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
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.
Here are four principles to help keep us moving forward.
The summer is over, and there's a lot of work to do before the autumn harvest.
Here are some ways to help in his or her transition.
Parents are looking for affirmation that they can trust the adults providing care for their children.
A simple structure is a more stable one.
It takes real courage to do the latter.
Some might take it for granted. Don't let that happen to you.
It may sound frivolous, but if you really want to reach every nation, you must be willing to do it.
Focus your ministry efforts on what is positive and solution-oriented.
You will not win a spiritual battle without using it.
Jesus' baptism was His ordination and commissioning service, which was immediately followed by a 40-day fast in the wilderness.
Pastors, take these to heart. None of them are unreasonable.
Jesus is our light in the fog.
It's a conversation that excites some and infuriates others.
Church planters need a lot of encouragement and instruction. These are also good for other ministry leaders.
Slow, steady growth isn't as cool or exciting as explosive growth, but there are benefits.
Ministers have a responsibility to be diligent in checking the facts.
There are a lot of unfulfilled Christians, and that devastates our witness to the world.
Although they can easily be misused or misconstrued, stats are important for a number of reasons.
Our flesh is in a hurry to sin.