Reducing tithe when money is tight

Once a month I conduct mentoring retreats for pastors we call “A Time of Refreshing.” Its intent is to provide a time of encouragement and renewal for ministers. Participants occasionally email me seeking counsel on ministry issues.


Four critical details for multisite preaching

The MultiSite Guy, Jim Tomberlin, recently said “The multisite movement began as a radical idea, became the cool idea and now is the mainstream idea.” Indeed, multisite is quickly becoming the new norm for growing churches. And video venues are becoming a well-defined, but often misunderstood strategy in today’s church. ...
February 06, 2016   Mark Lenz

5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

How one sermon unlocked a preacher's ministry

Hear how a sermon on marriage given during two different seasons of a pastor’s life, unlocked a key component in his preaching career. LeRoy Lawson, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, Tenn.), shares this key ingredient based on Acts 4 which took his ...
January 25, 2016  

An old man's conversation with God

“It’s natural for someone who has lived a long time to be afraid,” LeRoy Lawson says as he takes a reflective look at Psalm 71. What do you fear as you age? How does this impact your ministry? Lawson shares the secret to peace in the midst of aging. (Excerpted ...
January 12, 2016  

"You offended me!"

The president of the University of Louisville recently offended a segment of the college community when someone posted a picture of him wearing a sombrero at a costume party. This reflects other campus incidents, such as the time at Yale University that students shouted down a dean for speaking out ...
January 12, 2016   Bob Russell

What’s your most valuable asset?

Is it leadership? Personality? Ministry strategy? Teaching, writing, preaching? Actually, your best asset may not be what you think. Jodi Hickerson puts a new spin on what should qualify as your most valuable offering. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.)
January 06, 2016  

Church: the best of times and the worst of times

It ain’t just a quote from a book!! Dickens was way ahead of us! In his A Tale of Two Cities, he helped us visualize how a revolution powered changes in history that altered all the years that followed. Like the French Revolution, the church is in a similar process ...
December 31, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Trends in American churches in 2016

I have been writing on trends in churches for two decades. I certainly don’t have a perfect record, but overall it’s pretty good. My methodology is simple: I observe emerging issues in some churches and extrapolate them into major trends. I am taking this approach with a higher level of ...
December 29, 2015   Thom Rainer

A dramatic cure for a troubled heart

If there’s a scriptural command we violate regularly, it is Christ’s words from John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1).  As we prepare to step into 2016, many would ask how we cannot be troubled when Islamic terrorists are blowing up crowded theaters and restaurants. Who ...
December 29, 2015   Bob Russell

That’s not what people are looking for at Christmas!

Recently I reviewed my sermons which I had preached over the years between Thanksgiving and early January. I became aware again how at odds some of them were with what our current culture was expecting. This feedback is echoed by experienced preacher and publishing house editor Verlyn D, Verbrugge. In ...
December 08, 2015   Jim Farrer

35,000 New Testaments now in Iran's cities, towns, villages

During the summer months, 35,000 Persian-language New Testaments were distributed to Iranian tourists in one city alone in a country neighbouring Iran. Iranians like Hassan received them. Hassan was travelling outside Iran. Somebody gave him a Persian New Testament and he took it gladly. In his own city, which is very ...
December 07, 2015   Anthony Marr

How to partner with the next generation

What does it take to bridge the gap between generations? LeRoy Lawson, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, Tenn.), shares an endearing story that led him to the answer. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.)
December 07, 2015  

4 things the Bible doesn't say about pastors

Have you noticed the myths about pastors floating about in the evangelical pond these days? Or is it just me? Some are benign, but others are harmful to pastors and to their churches. 1. It's on you to grow the church It's hard oppose church growth. Or criticize pastors of ...
December 04, 2015   Bud Brown

7 reasons some members don't want their church to grow

It is highly unusual to hear church members say that they don’t desire their churches to be obedient to the Great Commission. Indeed, it is common for the members of a pastor search committee to tell a prospective pastor that they are looking for a leader who will guide the ...
December 03, 2015   Thom Rainer
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