Resources by Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler is married to Michelle and they have three beautiful children: Cohen, Elias, and Arianna. Jim and Michelle are members at Redeemer Fellowship in Saint Charles, Illinois, where Jim is an elder candidate. You can follow Jim on Twitter and Instagram at @jfowler63.

May 8, 2015

The Value of Responsive Readings in Worship by Jim Fowler

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. 

Sep 26, 2015

The Practice of Sermon Note-Taking by Jim Fowler

Through years of trial and error, I have come to follow these five keys to taking notes during a sermon.

Jul 29, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 4

Planning and Prepping for a Sabbatical

It is my prayer that your church incorporates a practice of ministry sabbaticals. There are enough burned-out pastors. Let us not add more.

Jul 22, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 3

Implementing A Sabbatical Policy

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.

Jul 15, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 2

What Is a Sabbatical?

A ministry sabbatical is not a glorified vacation, but a time for spiritual reflection, renewal, training, or contribution.

Jul 8, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 1

Why Don't More Ministers Take Them?

For either churches or pastors who refuse to consider a sabbatical period for the minister, the root of the refusal is often sin.

Jul 5, 2015

The Joy of Serving by Jim Fowler

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.

Oct 8, 2015

Shepherding God's People by Jim Fowler

Are you shepherding? As an elder/pastor, are you feeding, leading, protecting, committing, and dwelling with the flock?

Sep 20, 2015

Pastors Should Never Stand Alone by Jim Fowler

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 . . .

Jul 25, 2015

How To Have the Best Vacation Ever by Jim Fowler

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.

Sep 3, 2015

Do You Want To Move Up in Ministry? by Jim Fowler

People keep asking me if I am excited to be "moving up" in ministry. I cannot tell you how much I hate that phrase.

Oct 22, 2015

3 Barometers for Church Growth by Jim Fowler

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?