5 ways to live your legacy a day at a time

There is a lot more to the matter of leaving a legacy than making sure your will is up to date. The more I think about it the more I sense a need to intentionally consider my legacy starting today. Nehemiah, the Old Testament cupbearer turned construction supervisor, was a man who was much concerned about his legacy.

Video: Will you participate in Show and Tell?

Zane Witcher, student at Abilene Christian University, reminds us of a common kindergarten past-time. Discover how Show and Tell could change the way you do evangelism.

Governance transitions: revitalization catalyst

There is no known silver bullet for turnaround and revitalization. There may be a need for conflict resolution, a new vision, and a list of several initiatives that provide a clear roadmap that takes us to that vision. One of...

5 questions prospective pastors rarely ask search committees (but should)

The sentence is a direct quote from a pastor commenting on an earlier blog: “This church is nothing like the search committee described. They said they were ready for change.

After 50 years of ministry, things I would change

The following are excerpts from the introduction of my latest book, After Fifty Years of Ministry – 7 Things I’d Do Differently & 7 Things I’d Do the Same. I’m excited about it; I think it will encourage preachers and...

3 ministry lessons I learned from my father’s passing

In the last few years of my father’s life, he and I bonded closer than we ever had before. He would reminisce about his younger days as a jazz musician, serving in World War II, meeting my mother and how his faith in Christ sustained and guided him.

3 layers of ministry

Fairly, or unfairly, people are typically judged by three things: who they are (their core values and foundational beliefs), what they do (their productivity), and what they look like (their external appearance). Linus Morris, in his book The High Impact Church, compares these three areas to an apple.

3 ways to respond when you care less

You don’t trust anymore. And if you do it’s with major conditions, which are often unrealistic expectations. You don’t give people access anymore. You’re in the people business, but you don’t really put much hope in humanity anymore. You have slowly transitioned from engaging in life with people, to seeing who can help you fill the next gap.

When disasters hit, churches can do more than pray

Friday's TV news brought reports of fires and floods in our nation, with some 25 people dying in West Virginia flooding this week. It is amazing what rushing waters can do to homes and autos, wreaking havoc to everything in...

Honor your pastor in grand biblical fashion

Does your pastor receive the honor and respect he deserves? Most don’t. Fortunately, the Bible helps us out by giving some simple, clear directions in this regard. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (ESV) says this, "We ask you, brothers, to respect those...

3 benefits of getting a fresh start

Not so long ago, the ideal among evangelical pastors was the “lifetime pastorate” of 20, 30 or 40 years. Our models were a few famous pastors. “Since their ministries were long and successful,” we reasoned, “if I have a long...

Stewardship is still a “dirty” word

Some research indicates that one of the main excuses people give for not attending church is: “The church is always harping about money.” According to stewardship expert Waldo J. Werning, 55 percent of pastors fear that they will be viewed...

Reaching families with special-needs children

Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the parents of three children, two of whom have special needs, and the family attends King’s Church London, where Andrew is teaching pastor. They have written a 150-page book (Crossway, 2016) entitled The Life We Never Expected.

Book review: God’s Significant Me

According to author, Phillip Hays, the number one fear among believers is insignificance. “When we don’t believe we are significant in God’s eyes, our lives lack effectiveness,” he shares in God's Significant Me: Unleashing the authentic life of service God...

5 reasons why disciples need ministry tools more than sermons

The discipleship results of your ministry are not defined by content of your preaching alone. One significant factor that impacts disciple-making is tool-making.

Video: You don’t need to be smart

Rusty George, Lead Pastor at Real Life Church (Valencia, Calif.) uncovers the qualifications God requires for ministry. Discover what it takes, as you explore Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church.

What are keystone habits and why do we need them?

It’s been said that first time church guests make a decision within the first few minutes about whether they will return a second time. As someone who attends a lot of churches, I can tell you quite a bit about...

Start measuring the right things if you want to renew your church

Traditional metrics lead to wrong priorities We’re pastors. We’re serious about winning people to faith in Christ.

How to handle seasons of pruning

The question haunted me. As a ministry leader who’s partially responsible for implementing vision, executing strategy, and building teams to sustain the overall mission, the big question kept coming back to my mind, and as a result, my team’s mind.

Christians should pray for Iranian Muslims during Ramadan

Elam Ministries asks Christians to pray for Iranian Muslims during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast, pray and doing charitable acts. Specificially, Elam requests prayer that Iranian Muslims turn to Christ, and, to encourage prayer, has provided two testimonies...

Insuring success in ministry and business

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.

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