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Imagine you live a half hour from the nearest pizza place, and no one delivers. That’s not the premise for a new reality television show. It’s how Dr. Barney Wells, graduate academic dean and associate professor of Bible and ministry at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian University, playfully defines “rural communities” for his undergraduate students.
Here is my list of the top commentaries for each book of the Bible that experts recommend and I use in my study, preaching, writing, and teaching.
School is back in session, many of your church’s ministries are getting back into the swing of things, and families are settling back into the routine of regular Sunday attendance following summer vacations. For many churches, this is also prime time for planning a big fall outreach event. Fall events are often geared towards kids and families, but can be a wide-range of events from a halloween alternative, to providing food for those in need during the holiday season, to a caffeine-infused high-energy all-night lock-in event for teens.
“Is this valley I am going through normal for pastors?”
The question came to me directly from a pastor who was relatively new to his church. He was surprised how abruptly discouragement hit him. More than anything, he was seeking assurance that his situation was not an aberration, that he was not alone.
As a member of the Catalyst Blog Team and INJOY Stewardship Solutions, I will be bringing you live updates from the much anticipated Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA. The theme for this year’s conference is Of Good Courage.
Through my own personal experience over 20 years of ministry in helping three churches across the 1,000 barrier, over 200+ podcast interviews with churches who have broken this barrier and through my coaching practice of churches who are in the process of breaking this barrier, I have come across many diverse groups of staff teams. In my observations, I have attempted to condense the common traits of the teams who are able to break this barrier!
Every week, millions of people listen to men and women preach sermons – long, short, expositional, topical, content heavy, image rich. In order to experience spiritual transformation, I think we should ask a practical question: How should we listen to a sermon? Here are eight questions we should ask ourselves before or as we listen to a sermon.
Based on my experience with others and on the insight of others like Steinki, I believe that if a pastor shows signs of narcissism and doesn’t admit them and seek help, he has doomed himself to failure. The narcissistic pastor lives with an inflated sense of self-importance and an insatiable drive to be liked and to be at the center of attention.
Let’s face it. If a pastor’s accountability isn’t in the local church, it’s probably not real accountability. It’s the illusion of accountability so we can traffic in the vocabulary without the entanglements of the substance.
We seem to talk little about the role of the mind in discipleship. Serving? Yes. Caring? Yes. The fruit of the Spirit? Yes. But, the mind? We almost seem to fear the subject, except in the most generic sense.
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