How Should A Pastor Officiate A Funeral?


How can a pastor preside over or officiate a funeral? What are some helpful guidelines?Consultation The eulogy can be read by the pastor officiating the service, which could be a memorial or a graveside service, or both. The preferences of the family obviously are of first and foremost consideration. What they seem to feel is important must become important for the minister. Out of respect for the deceased family member, their family will have the final say on what they want read at the … [Read more...]

How Should a Pastor Officiate a Wedding?


Are there certain ways that a pastor or minister should officiate a wedding? What are the guidelines?The Traditions of Marriage I love tradition and some of the weddings I’ve had the privilege of officiating had some of the most beautiful vows I have ever heard and came complete with the most cherished traditions I’ve ever seen. Things like the father giving the bride away, the couples throwing rice or better yet, bird seed at the newly married couple, the bride tossing the bouquet, the mix … [Read more...]

How To Pastor A Small Church Effectively

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Many people judge churches by the number of cars in a parking lot or people in the pew so how can a man pastor a small church effectively?God is in the Small Things God has no respect for persons any more than He does for size. God looks at the heart and not at the outward appearance and He is not interested in how large a church is but how the member’s hearts are bent toward serving and glorifying Him so we must always remember that “God shows no partiality” (Rom 2:11) and “the Lord sees no … [Read more...]

How To Choose A New Deacon For A Church


How does a church choose a deacon? What are the qualifications and disqualifications for a deacon?The Bible Model If a church is deciding on who to choose and church deacon and how it must be done, we need look no further than the Bible to find the outline of the qualifications. These biblical qualifications must take precedence over the man’s personality, popularity, and personal appearance. I’m not saying these things are not important. I am saying that they are not as crucial as those men … [Read more...]

How To Be An Effective Spiritual Leader


What makes for an effective spiritual leader? What attributes or skills are needed to be one?Biblical Leaders If you want to find good models of spiritual leaders, all you have to do is read the Bible. It doesn’t say they were perfect but they were called by God and He placed them where He decided best for His purposes. It is not our decision but “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” (1st Cor 12:18). Moses had to return to Egypt where forty years earlier he ha … [Read more...]

How To Walk By Faith And Not By Sight


How can we learn how to walk by faith and not by sight? What biblical principles can help us do this?Walking With God What does it mean when the Bible says “walking with God?” Genesis 6:8 says “These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” It was said that “Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was … [Read more...]