Connect the dots is magical—at least for someone like me, who barely managed a passing grade in high school art class! In my work this past year, I've been connecting the dots between churches and Barnabas Foundation.
Leaving congregational ministry after twenty three years led to two "Aha!" moments and an important reminder.
Lottery records will keep shattering. Dreams about how to spend untold millions will continue to be spun by throngs. Does that mean the Church can’t grow believers who know better?
PreachingandWorship.org offers a wealth of resources for pastors, including brief but brilliant topical studies that will jump-start your sermon preparation.
Countless voices tell our children money makes the world go round. Parents must speak louder and say otherwise.
We hope your congregations are gearing up for Disability Awareness Sunday on October 21. Rev. Miriam Spies has offered a reflection based on the gospel lesson from Mark. We pray that your congregations are places where everybody belongs and everybody serves!
Four things that are essential to an effective mentoring relationship: knowledge, character, identity and perseverance.
Few church members will receive fame and accolades the way Aretha Franklin did during her lifetime. But every believer, no matter how meager their circumstances, can learn a valuable lesson from her about important conversations with fellow believers and loved ones.
Editors Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson have selected the stories of 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry in an effort to dismantle the cool factor that prevails in our view of ministry life.
What is your focus when you prepare and preach your sermon?
What I want to underline, however, is the need for everyone to advocate and act for the well-being of the pastor. Failure to take this seriously can result in spiritually unhealthy pastors AND spiritually unhealthy congregations.
Lecturing my millennial friend on the priorities of giving won't accomplish much. Truth is, he has a lot more to say about how and when church ministry will be paid for than I do.
I've been a pastor for 9 years in a different denomination. Here, I am not ordained and not qualified to baptize or lead the church in communion. Is there anybody who could help me understand the reasoning for this?