8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

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My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines.

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8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 15, 2014   Thom Rainer

The usefulness of ghostwriters

I recently launched two book projects with pastors. One will be a semi-autobiographical teaching on the need for parents to lay a solid foundation during their children’s formative years. The other will break a three-part teaching series into a short book about the spiritual law of sowing and reaping. Although ...
June 10, 2014   Ken Walker

Four ways to create unity in your church

In my last post in this space, I reviewed my autopsy of a deceased church, which included the members having “more and more arguments about what they wanted.” This selfishness both created and sustained the one thing no church can tolerate for very long if it hopes to survive: disunity. It is ...
May 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Finding the X-factor evidence for Flight 370 and other tall tales

Tragedy after tragedy falls upon this world of ours. Flight MH 370 approaches its 55th day of search and recovery (never being a matter of rescue), with no hope in sight for so many families, friends and parents. The Korean ferry disaster continues even as more than a hundred high ...
April 29, 2014   Ronald Keener

Autopsy of a deceased church

While this experience dates back about a decade, it is still relevant. It involves my consulting service to a dying church, one whose attendance had peaked at 750 way back in 1975. By the time they asked for my insights, the weekly average had fallen to 83. The now overly-spacious ...
April 24, 2014   Thom Rainer

Controversy is for Real in Faith and Film

Two Christians see the same motion picture and come out at very different reviews of it. Sure, that happens. The film under review is Heaven is for Real, now in a theater near you. Steve Wohlberg is the speaker/director of White Horse Media (Newport, Wa.) and host of His Voice ...
April 24, 2014   Ronald Keener

What worship style attracts Millennials?

Do Millennials really care about what type of worship style is used in their church? My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America’s largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we coauthored a book titled The Millennials, we have had ...
April 10, 2014   Thom Rainer

Five steps to get beyond sacred cows in church

Many years ago I served as the pastor of a church where I avidly supported door-to-door outreach. As you might imagine, I struggled with leading people to be involved in the ministry. We kept decent records, so I got the old “outreach cards” for the previous year. My brief research ...
March 27, 2014   Thom Rainer

Maybe your church needs a worship design specialist?

Kim Miller is one of those volunteers churches love. “My family landed at Ginghamsburg Church (in Ohio) nearly 20 years ago to ‘hide and heal’ following a rough patch in another ministry setting,” she says. “God did some great healing but I don’t hide well.” She agreed to an unpaid ...
March 26, 2014   Ronald Keener

3 types of pastors who might want this “dirty little secret”

Review: “Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret,” why serial innovators succeed where others fail,   by Larry Osborne from Zondervan You don't have to be overly observant to realize that churches essentially fall into two camps…those that are growing, and those that are in decline.  In Larry Osborne’s newest book offering, he downloads ...
March 18, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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