3 Out-of-the-Box Ministry Teams Your Church Needs to Create

If your church wants to harness the new platforms of the 21st century to reach people for Jesus, here are three ministry teams you need to create. [Read more…]

The Quickest Way to Kill Your Next Great Church Idea

Churches get frustrated when the plant a new program into a ministry schedule already overflowing with too much clutter and for some reason it doesn’t grow. [Read more…]

5 Practices That Have Helped Me Succeed in Ministry

I would hope that sometime during the last 16 years of full-time ministry I’ve picked up a thing or two on what it means be successful in ministry. Recently, I spent some time to look back and collect my thoughts/experiences into 5 things that have helped me succeed in ministry. I’ve shared those five things [Read More…]

Why Pastors Like to Stay Indoors

Yesterday was ministry in a nutshell, a microcosm of what many pastors face week in and week out. The first half of the day was idyllic. I cocooned myself inside my office, spread out my Bible, commentaries, online tools and a pen and paper, and went to town. I brainstormed, researched, read, prayed, and planned. [Read More…]

The Easter Hangover

  originally posted on April 1, 2013 It happens every year to pastors: the Easter Hangover. It’s the fog and haze of leaving it all out on the field Easter Sunday and then still having to go back to work the next day. Pastors work hard for Easter. It’s their ‘Superbowl.’ When all is said [Read More…]

One Ministry Every Church Should Have

Yesterday at Mt Vernon I received a comment from a first time guest that I hear at least once or twice a month. Speaking with a new guest about their experience so far at church, this gentlemen commented on how much he was impressed with our Host Team (up to recently referred to as our [Read More…]

When Ministry Opportunities Look Like Interruptions

One of the more famous stories Jesus told during his life was the story of the Good Samaritan. Here’s how it starts off: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to [Read More…]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, by Peter Greer

Piercing and convicting, this book is a must read for anyone who’s been in church life for more than a few years. This book explores the dark side of doing good, something seldom discussed yet distractingly dangerous for the committed Christian. Peter Greer is president of Hope International, a charity that provides microfinancing for the [Read More…]

Five for Friday

Thanks again for another week of blogging. I hope you have as much fun reading this stuff and I have fun writing it all. Here are some links to some great articles much better written than my own. Special Team – Read an inspirational story by Rick Reilly about a group of high school football [Read More…]

Five for Friday

Another great week. A few of these links have been out for awhile, but they’re guaranteed to make you think, give you hope, and probably make you a little mad as well. Have a great weekend! Couple Sues in “Wrongful Birth” Lawsuit – read only if you have a strong stomach. I feel so sorry [Read More…]