The necessity of healthy church structure has been a challenge from the time that the church began. It is not a new dilemma. Acts 2 describes how the first church developed a basic structure for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. As the church grew and additional challenges surfaced, the leaders added structure to take care…
One of the frequent questions asked of me regarding church revitalization is, “What are the requirements for being effective in church revitalization?” Mark Clifton, in his book Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches, has done an excellent job in outlining the characteristics necessary for a church revitalizer. I do not want to just repeat his thoughts,…
And as we identify critical issues we must apply biblical wisdom to address them. But, before we begin with the corporate we should begin with ourselves – with our own hearts.
If you give yourself to other believers in the church, you will inevitably be using your gifts.
If you’ve got areas in your life that you are intentionally keeping in the dark, you’ve not only got to confess your sin, but you’ve got to attach yourself to people who can help keep you accountable.
Seminarians study and write papers. But when it comes to being ready for ministry, one qualification usually remains the most elusive: experience.
Don’t think that because you are a pastor you’re beyond using the common means that porn strugglers typically use.
Whether you are revitalizing a church in critical condition, planting a new church, or shepherding a flock in stable condition, you will experience the weight of the cross.
When people look at us, do they see a people gloriously uneasy in this world because we’re longing for another?
Spurgeon called the 3 R’s “three doctrines that must be preached above all else,” and they draw from three different chapters of Scripture that “deal with the things in the fullest manner:” Genesis 3:14-15 (Ruin), Romans 3:21-26 (Redemption), John 3:1-8 (Regeneration). Why do I think it makes a good preaching or evangelism method? Because each of…
What if you miss something bigger than missing out on a sermon or singing when you don’t gather with your church body?
Church revitalization leaders should be consummate students of risk-taking.
The pages of Scripture overflow with the doctrine of uncomfortable grace.
Annoyance is not an attribute someone can possess; it’s a response we have.
Do you shrink back from saying what you believe to gain the praise of others?
Every number is a person, with a face and a soul—but we must remember that we are not pastoring assembly lines.
The Lord’s Supper is not a private meal that individuals share with Jesus. It is a communal meal for all of Christ’s people to worship together.
All faithful pastors regularly feel pressed to their limits. Here’s how to thrive in your weakness.