What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?
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What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?
Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.
God’s Word was more than sufficient to guide us in our time of transition.
Building a culture of church planting begins by making it personal to your people. When planting becomes personal, your people will pray for it, give to it, talk about it and celebrate it. These priorities will build a culture of planting in your church.
Pastors, explore the reasons for “why” and “what” and “how" of doing church with your people frequently. You may know the answers to the majority—if not all—of these questions, but that doesn't mean the people on mission with you do.
The ones we stand in the midst of on a Sunday morning are the flesh and blood set around us as a perpetual help in remembering the flesh torn and the blood shed for us.
By God’s all-encompassing grace, fast-forward 5 years and there’s a bit more variety in style, coif, music, gender, and seasons of life at Maranatha.
Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.
The church is not simply a man-made tool that we use to advance the cause of Christ; the church itself is central to the cause.
I eventually came to accept the surreal fact that my church could be bankrupt in 4 years.
What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?
When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.
It put too much emphasis on one man’s speaking, and too little emphasis on the “one anothers” of Scripture, membership accountability, and careful shepherding of the flock.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt others to take a risk and answer your inquiries honestly, even when it’s uncomfortable.
One church's example statement to help their community think biblically about regular church attendance.
Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing.
Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.
I’ll never forget my shock the first time I attended a Bible-less church . . .
Midwestern Seminary President Jason K. Allen gives a brief overview of the upcoming FTC at SBC regional conference event. Register today.
Sometimes as evangelicals we can be our own worst enemy.
I am sorry we didn’t tell you the Christian life is about being connected to the right root, Jesus, before you can bear the right fruit.
The people we encounter in the church may not necessarily be the people we would have chosen for ourselves. But they are the people we need.
I would say that the chief thing I learned during my relatively short ministry time in Vermont was how to pastor a suffering church. But we learned that God is sweet and gracious and what it actually means for the death of his saints to be precious to him.
For those of us who see this need, it is wise to pause and make sure we aren't doing the right thing in the wrong way.
You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.
If generational reconciliation is a manifestation of the gospel's power, church ministries should be built on a much firmer foundation than the convenience of age-segregation alone.
Learning about God isn't easy on our own; it works best inside the community of faith.
God disciplines his people so that they learn not to rely on themselves and run after other gods, but to seek all and find all in him.
Healthy small groups teach us more than they often set out to teach.
I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up.
When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus.
There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church.
According to James, our tongues are small but powerful firemakers and untamable beasts. They are capable of great danger, and we must pursue maturity and seek to avoid stumbling with our words.
Faithful church attendance does not earn salvation, nor does it act as a measure to rate spiritual greatness over and against other people. It does, however, reflect a growing commitment to the gospel, the good of the church community, and spiritual health.
Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .
People want to be a part of something God-sized.
Gospel-centered unity acknowledges that the church belongs to God, not men, and reflects the churches submission to God’s authority.
To mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and naive Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. So how do we work at keeping the biblical admonition to church discipline from seeming weird?
Pastoring is a challenge no matter the size of the community, but having the right set of tools can make the job a little easier.
Don’t just look for a church that is like the churches you have already been acquainted with.
In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism
Is skipping church whenever we feel like really no big deal?
I’ve got a personal relationship with Jesus. I spend daily, personal, and private time with the triune God in prayer, petition, study, worship, confession, etc. So why do I need to join a local church?
In the end, reaching Millennials is about understanding them and being willing to participate in their world. It takes conscious decisions; you’re not going to accidentally attract them.
It’s easy to be discouraged when you see a tiny trickle of people coming into your congregation. But if that trickle is good, solid growth, it’s much more likely to be growth that lasts.
The bad reasons for leaving a church are many, but they all share one thing in common—they are born out of the error of thinking that the church exists primarily for me.