Good shepherding takes place in the steadiness of feeding, nurturing, caring, and watching out for the flock.
Not all church decline is bad.
Ministry wives, you’re going to make mistakes, but the perfect and holy God provides his strength through my weaknesses, which far outweighs any pastor’s-wife-concocted perfection or friendship scheme that I can devise.
It’s not pleasant but if we don’t talk about dying churches, we will act like there are no problems.
North Carolina pastor Andy Davis revitalized his church through verse-by-verse expository preaching
A preacher eater church has a series of short-term pastors, and those departing pastors have few positive words to say about them.
It’s best for both the health of a church and its pastor for him to dig in and stay
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.
Seven questions to ask before you make a hasty decision
Change occurs through people. People follow leaders, and leaders know the value of relationship.
A pastor should first come in, love them where they are, earn their trust, then break the news to them of their current state.
Whether you labor in a church of thousands or a church of twenty where everyone has the same last name, pray that king Jesus would be glorified by your life and your ministry.
No doubt, there are other questions that may need to be asked, but some of these helped me make this solemn decision.
Every church revitalizer must remember that new life comes about not by pushing all the right buttons, but by the grace of God.
The numbers are staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local churches close their doors every year. What is even more disheartening about this statistic is that number only reflects Southern Baptist Churches — my denomination. Imagine how that number grows if you added the number of closing local churches from other established denominations, which some assert…
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