The Great Commission: moving from “casual” to “devoted” prayer

Most churches pray. But, not all are praying churches. Churches do pause to pray during their activities. Sometimes, these prayers are offered out of ritual.


The unanswerable answer

There’s a special Christian man who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His name is Pat Day. Anyone who knows anything about horse racing knows that Pat Day was one of the most successful jockeys of all time. Inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1991, he was ...
May 03, 2016   Bob Russell

Iranians are coming to faith in Christ and requesting Bibles

Every day, more Iranians are coming to faith in Christ, and are asking for Bibles, says Elam Ministries. Years of suffering in Iran have created a deep thirst for truth in the hearts of most Iranians. As a result, there is an overwhelming demand for the Word of God in ...
April 27, 2016   Anthony Marr

Ignoring Pentecost to our peril

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church reminds us that Pentecost ranks as the second most important festival day in the Church following Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. However, many preachers ignore the day and its related themes. If Pentecost, which follows 50 days after Easter, is so important, ...
April 26, 2016   Jim Farrer

The pastor as workplace leader - building on a strong foundation

Foundations are important in the kingdom of God; and they are important in the workplace.  Christian leaders have been given position and influence in the workplace for God’s kingdom.  Therefore, it can be said that foundations are doubly important for Workplace Leaders.  This matter of foundations is a concept of ...
April 26, 2016   Rob Streetman

Help your pastor succeed by doing what you enjoy

Although few in number, certain privileges generally accompany gray hair. Among them, perhaps the most rewarding, is the occasional request for guidance submitted by a much younger colleague who supposes that wisdom makes room for itself by squeezing the melanin from senior hair follicles. If a young pastor is willing ...
April 21, 2016   Bud Brown

Christian prisoner asks for prayer for church in Iran

Iranian Christian prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi has asked for prayer for the church in Iran and for strength for himself as he serves his sentence, Middle East Concern reports. He said he wants to stand firm for Christ in the face of the persecution he is enduring, but he needs support ...
April 18, 2016   Anthony Marr

Your church has more assets than you think (hint: it's not just about the money...)

Do you know your church’s assets? I hope your congregation has a balance sheet, showing the assets and liabilities. However, whether the balance sheet shows a healthy balance or not enough, I'm not just talking about money. I love James Hughes’ ideas about family capital. Hughes is an attorney who ...
April 14, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

3 categories of beliefs, and why separating them is important

Beliefs. We all have them. They came from somewhere. They probably started forming in us as young children and have been strengthened through time. Or maybe they’ve changed over the years. Changing a belief or a belief system is a big deal because our minds are wired to think that ...
April 14, 2016   Mark Lenz

3 components of Bible engagement

Last week I wrote about the Power of 4, the research finding that changed our entire ministry focus. We’re now dedicated to helping people engage the Bible four or more days a week, the level at which life transformation is most likely to occur. A market researcher told us years ...
April 12, 2016   Dr. Pamela Ovwigho

4 questions for graduates

Pastors may consider including these thought-provoking questions and answers when they honor their congregations’ grads. 1. How will you stay out of poverty? Professor William Galston, an advisor to former President Bill Clinton, researched this question. His conclusions from earlier decades were confirmed by the large British Cohort Study which ...
April 12, 2016   Jim Farrer

Stop talking about small group multiplication

Here's a better way to get your groups to reproduce. Healthy small group multiplication begins with—you guessed it—a healthy group! Years ago I used to do lots of vision casting, goal setting, and arm twisting to get our groups to multiply. I’d share Scriptures with leaders that clearly articulated the ...
April 10, 2016   Mike Mack

Celebrate base hits to create momentum

It’s baseball season! Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the ballpark? Who doesn’t get excited when the home team knocks it out of the park? Just like baseball fans love home runs, so do churches. I’m sure you’ve heard parishioners say things like: “Boy, the pastor hit a home run ...
April 06, 2016   Gerry Lewis

Immersing for baptism

A young Presbyterian minister made a surprising request last month at the pastoral retreat I lead regularly for preachers: “Would you immerse me for baptism?” Held at a camp by a lake, “A Time of Refreshing” is designed to provide spiritual renewal for guys who have been grinding it out in ...
April 05, 2016   Bob Russell

The power of 4: One research finding that changed an entire ministry

When I began my research career focused on poverty and family violence, I never dreamed that I would end up in ministry. After all, whoever heard of research being a part of ministry anyway? That all changed around 2006 when I started praying for God to find a way to ...
April 05, 2016   Dr. Pamela Ovwigho
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