Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

“I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used to be, but in many cases is uncertain of what it should be.” Read all of […]

Why Small Churches Get Stuck: Valuing Busyness Over Relationships

Does your weekly schedule looks like this: Sunday included Sunday School, the morning worship service, youth choir in the afternoon, Training Union and the evening worship service. Visitation was on Monday. Various leadership meetings as well as basketball in the gym on Tuesday. Wednesday consisted of RA’s and GA’s (boy’s and girl’s clubs), prayer meeting and choir practice for […]

The Difference Between Nice and Kind—and Why It Matters

“I’ve been distressed in recent years by so many Jesus followers who are more interested in picking a fight than making a friend. Someone told me recently that we never lead our enemies to follow Jesus, but we do lead our friends. Christians have been quick to bypass kindness and prefer to begin a shouting […]

How to Help Church Guests Understand What’s Happening

“One of the reasons people are hesitant to try attending a church for the first time is that they’re not sure what to expect. In fact, they probably expect it to be a little bit awkward and uncomfortable. Over time, it’s important for your church to become known as a place where people will be […]

The Surprising Gifts of Bivocational Ministry

“Throughout the week, I balance my roles as pastor, FYI staff member, and student. Bivocational ministry is not easy, but for me, it has been a formative practice. It has shaped my understanding of time. Even though I get a rush of excitement when I cross things off of my to-do list, time no longer […]

Are You Exhausted? Find Rest in Prayer

“Thankfully, God specializes in bringing dead things back to life. Over those months, God took my soul—my burned out, exhausted soul—and slowly but surely gave it rest. He breathed life back into me. I began to feel again. I began to care again. I began to live again. And it was all because I made […]

When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can “Bring in Young Families”

“Almost every church I’ve ever known has wanted to Attract Young Families. The reasoning behind this includes the following: If we don’t regenerate, everyone will eventually get old and die. It’s energizing to have young people around. Younger members can do the work that older members can’t/won’t do anymore. Older members tend to be on fixed […]

Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make or Die

“It broke my heart. Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 years ago, few would have predicted this church’s closure. Today, it is but another statistic in the ecclesiastical graveyard. I know. We don’t compromise doctrine. I know. We must […]

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