Church revitalization is hard work, and many of the lessons I’ve learned have been not just unexpected, but difficult and painful.
Brian Croft serves as senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville. He is also senior fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at Southern Seminary. A veteran pastor and author of numerous books on practical aspects of pastoral ministry, Brian oversees Practical Shepherding, a gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. His latest book is Biblical Church Revitalization: Solutions for Dying & Divided Churches (Christian Focus, 2016)
If you can answer in the affirmative to all four of these questions, there is a good possibility you have found your next church.
We should always sit at the feet of older, more seasoned pastors, and learn from their mistakes. Often, the implications of a wedding don’t show up for years, sometimes even decades.
The first five years were brutal. There were three different movements to get me fired. In the midst of all the hostility and adversity, God was still building his church.
Embrace silence as that peaceful, healing balm for your noisy, restless soul.
We have to own our pursuit or rejection of food before Jesus can come and provide the only lasting comfort amidst this world’s sufferings.
In the #MeToo Era, many pastors live as though God will not hold them accountable for the souls of women in their church.
Not all church decline is bad.
While we are not God and cannot see the heart, certain evidence can help us discern the legitimacy of a child or teenager’s profession of faith.
I will not suggest how many weeks of vacation you should be given by your church. Instead, I intend to answer this question a bit differently.
If you can answer in the affirmative these questions, it is a good possibility you have found your next church.
Listening to sermons online is generally a good thing but when it takes the place of gathering with God’s people to hear God’s Word in person much of what God intended for our growth as followers of Jesus gets lost.
It is a constant juggling match that most pastors feel they fail at most of the time.
“Don’t preach them into heaven. Don’t preach them into hell. Just preach the gospel for the people who are there.”
I was grateful to learn that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God had entrusted to me.
I have two categories of a top 10 list: One category of books that explain how to think through pastoral ministry as you do it; the other set to help a pastor remain steadfast in the work.
The awkward silence and uncomfortable feelings you have when trying to visit your folks in your church is not a justifiable reason to stop and neglect them.
A pastor should first come in, love them where they are, earn their trust, then break the news to them of their current state.