Responsive readings not only assist in the reading and praying of Scripture, but also are of value in that they are biblical, historical, participatory, and instructional for the life of the church.
Through years of trial and error, I have come to follow these five keys to taking notes during a sermon.
It is my prayer that your church incorporates a practice of ministry sabbaticals. There are enough burned-out pastors. Let us not add more.
I know it sounds weird but it is important to clearly lay out expectations. As much as pastors love the people God has blessed them with, it is important that they spend time away during their vacation or sabbatical.
A ministry sabbatical is not a glorified vacation, but a time for spiritual reflection, renewal, training, or contribution.
For either churches or pastors who refuse to consider a sabbatical period for the minister, the root of the refusal is often sin.
The saying goes that church is not to be a "spectator sport" whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave. We are called to come and be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved.
Are you shepherding? As an elder/pastor, are you feeding, leading, protecting, committing, and dwelling with the flock?
The dominant models in the church today tend to be those of "pastor as pope" or "pastor as pawn." Looking at Scripture, however, we see a better way . . .
A perfect vacation is not about the waves, fresh powder, or the length of stay. It is found with your loved ones, by being alone, present, willing, and intentional.
People keep asking me if I am excited to be "moving up" in ministry. I cannot tell you how much I hate that phrase.
How does one measure health in the church? This has been a question that has plagued me for years. How do we take a step back and take an honest view about where we are at as a church?