Thom Rainier’s (@) #podcast addresses a very painful reality that some #pastors and staff go through in the local church. No one wants this as part of their #resumé, but being forced out of a church happens. Thom gives great advice on how to navigate the waters when leaving a local church was not your idea. Listen to How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church whether you’ve walked through a similar season or not. It will be of help to you and to other staff to whom you minister.
Why an End of Life Toolbox?
As a Pastor, you encounter people who need care because they just lost a loved one. Our End of Life Toolbox is a vital tool in helping you provide and perform this most important event in the lives of families. In my experience, most pastors don’t leave seminary with any sense of how to conduct them. I went through Bible college and seminary, and even military Chaplain training, but it wasn’t until I served as a Funeral Director and Mortician that I learned this most critical art. Furthermore, how do you multitask when there are multiple occurrences of death at the same time?
I’ve created a resource for you on how to conduct funerals, memorial services, celebrations of life and gravesides. The resource is called the “End of Life Toolbox.”Read More…
Become a more productive Pastor in 7 days with me
Want to be a more productive pastor? Through our new friends, MinistryLibrary.com, we’re joining a unique online challenge for busy pastors… LIKE YOU!!!
It’s a 7-day productivity challenge focusing on:
- TIME MANAGEMENT – We all have 24 hours but some do more with theirs.
- ENERGY MANAGEMENT – Energy not time is your most valuable resource.
- LEVERAGED LEADERSHIP – Make the most impact with your time.
- DELEGATION – 10 proven steps to delegating effectively.
Its 100% FREE but sign-ups will be closing soon!Read More…
“‘Well done, good and faithful servant… Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt 25:21 NIV) What’s in the middle of that verse? You know, the ellipsis (…)? Answering this question sums up the content of this post about practicing Biblical stewardship. It isn’t just about the cliché time, talents and treasure.
“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”
Stewardship is honoring God and holding ourselves accountable for the human, financial and natural resources entrusted to our care.
God blesses us with authority in His future Kingdom when we are responsible stewards in this life.Read More…
If you don’t know Pastor @PeteScazzero, you really need to acquaint yourself with him. His works on emotionally healthy spirituality (and its subsequent emotionally healthy leader, church, et al) are beyond impressive. This brief article on Christmas stress relief for pastors helps leaders with their top emotional problems this time of year.
His works are a breath of fresh air in a stale church sanctuary filled with self-help, Christian clichés, or useless platitudes on how to change and grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. Strangely enough, I completely relate to his church leadership challenges as he shares them in this insightful post.
I’ve added some minor additional content and additional resources in the links below, but the main article is his. I share this with you as an encouragement to focus this Christmas season on the antidotes to four of our Advent killers.Read More…
Have you ever thought about where happiness come from?
I’m not really talking about “the joy of the Lord,” which is internal and not dependent on circumstances. To say another way, how would you score your life?
One night during a high school show choir competition,Read More…
I was setting up a disciple-making appointment with a brother in Christ last night. As I looked at my calendar, I turned to December and suddenly I realized how fast 2016 went! It totally snuck up on me. Starting 2017 right is going to be crucial to my success in serving the Lord, as well as my family’s and His church. Now I’ll ask you…Read More…
I graduated from Christian Heritage College (now it’s called San Diego Christian College) back in 1998. Back then, I wondered “HOW in the world does Dr. David Jeremiah and Dr. Tim LaHaye write books and get published?”
People are Lonely. Many of them are #Unwelcome at church
Many people enter religious buildings on Saturday or Sunday morning looking for connection to God and to other people. Scores of them feel unwelcome at church. I put this into the “Isolation and Friendships” category because let’s face it: People in the modern Western world are lonely. Read More…
Signs of Respect Include How We Speak with Others.
Unless your boss tells you to call them by their first name, call them “Mr. So and so” or “Mrs. So and so.”
Having been in the military, I would never refer to a full bird Colonel as “hey Jeff” or “sure, Dave!” No, their rank always precedes their LAST NAME: “Yes, Colonel Smith” or “Yes, Ma’am.” Bringing those signs of respect into my home, our children are not on a first name basis with their parents or other adults. They don’t answer adults with “yeah” or “ok.” They say “yes (or no) sir” or “yes (or no) ma’am.” Read More…