Blending age-groups in our ministries helps us accurately represent the diverse spiritual family that God has given us.
Formally belonging to a local body of believers is God’s idea and not just a tradition or practical organization tool.
When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.
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.
Like any good pastor, it vexed and frustrated him to see God’s sheep led astray on something so vital and yet so simple.
The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible.
It’s a tall order, but our job as the church is to help one another become like Christ in our thoughts, actions, and knowledge.
Thinking soberly about low church attendance.
The Lord knocks at their door in order to remind them of who they forgot.
Reflecting on my life reminds me that God truly works in mysterious ways. But I'm reminded that God also works in another, more primary way, that is, through the local church.
What happens when someone gets lost in the crowd of church? They feel more like a number than a family member.
The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ . . .
Is our body life suffering because all of its parts live so far away?
The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing.
Boy was I shocked when a classmate ran into a man from his church and told me, “Hey, I want to introduce you to an elder at my church.” Dumbfounded and ignorant I said, “Wait, I thought you were Baptist?!”
Matthew 18 is about winning your brother. That’s the goal. We want to see him turn and repent. We pursue the process to win our brother.
Sunday is a glorious day and marks not only our calendars but also our lives. Yet, Sunday is not enough.
We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history.
The way we lead them is vital to their success.
I don’t know of a person on Earth who doesn’t need to know what it feels like to be loved by God. Consequently, each week, with the Spirit’s help, we’re going to take our best shot at it.
Perhaps our lack of volunteers has less to do with our recruiting strategy and more to do with how we are stewarding our current volunteers.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"
The gospel must be what all of our ministries are based on, empowered by, and result from.
The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark.
This isn't simply a "megachurch problem." The heart of the issue is found in congregations of 80 people as well as those with attendance in excess of 8,000. Many churches of all sizes struggle with this same issue: pastors who build a strong vision tied only to themselves leave congregations with significant challenges when the eventual change of leadership occurs. So what’s to be done?
While business meetings can be a great cause for anxiety, they need not be. Here are a few ideas for avoiding acrimonious business meetings in a local church.
The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?
Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.
A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.
Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings.
Pastoral ministry is about souls, not stats. If your number of souls grows, fantastic. To God be the glory. Let’s just remember that we are responsible mainly for the care of the souls, not the accumulation of them.
People leave a church for many reasons. Some are good; some are less than good. Some members disappear without a trace, and others leave a tumultuous wake in their exit. As a pastor, these situations often leave me wishing I knew just what to say.
It seems that every week brings more stories of abuse occurring on church premises. We are hearing about this more and more, and there should be no doubt that the problem is actually more prevalent than what we see reported. And quite often in retrospect these cases reveal not simply mistakes made but systemic dysfunctions in a church community and a church's discipleship culture.
FTC.co asks Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "What encourages you about the future of the church?"
Has the mission of the church changed?
What encourages you about the future of the church?
Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?
Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.
Four basic ways we can use our Sundays to serve others, as opposed to just being served ourselves.
All of our obedience begins with listening to our God.
Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.
Moving to a plurality of pastors is a good goal that is worth pursuing, but it’s important to not get in a rush.
Where is the power of the church today?
Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health.
Ask God to renew and restore the joy of His salvation and His calling to ministry.
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 . . .