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6 Lessons Learned in Church Planting

In a couple weeks our church celebrates six years of existence. During this time we've experienced the high's and low's of planting a new ministry. To celebrate, here are some lessons learned along the way. 

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Over Supply

I recently came across an article that spoke of fears that there was an oversupply of pastors. While those fears sound contemporary, the article was written sixty years ago. What can we learn from this? 

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Access to Sermon DVDs?

Does anyone have access to appropriate sermons on DVD which could be used in an emergency if the pastor or guest pastor is suddenly unavailable?

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Writing, Writing, Writing

Preparing a sermon can be like writing a ten-page term paper once a week and then having to present it to people. Not just that, but it has to make sense, be applicable, and capitalize on different learning styles. 

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Pastor as Friend?

In a friendship, there should be an equal power dynamic. But for pastors, that’s usually not the case. People sink a lot of emotional investment in their pastor, and sometimes that creates gray areas.

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Preaching to Bless Children and Teens

I know from experience how difficult it is to prepare and deliver those kinds of sermons. I’d suggest three approaches for preachers and their support communities to strengthen such intergenerational preaching.

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Perfect Attendance

When someone doesn’t show up in worship for a month, we know we shouldn’t take it personally. But we do. When we’re healthy, we realize it isn’t about us. But who is healthy all the time? 

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Affirming Baptism Liturgy?

 Does anyone have a meaningful and simple "affirming baptism" liturgy that one can use for an adult who wishes to public acknowledge and affirm their infant baptism?

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What About Pastors in Recovery?

Anyone living in our culture today is vulnerable to addiction — including pastors. However, because of their position as spiritual leaders, pastors can have a hard time reaching out for help. 

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I Am Blessed by Resting in God's Gifts

Are you satisfied with what God has given you today? Depending on your day, your employment status, your family situation or your tax refund, this may seem like a loaded question. 

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Seven Marks of a True Christian Couple

What are the marks of a true Christian couple — let us say that they are married or about to be married? Because Jesus said, "Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

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Time for Non-Compete Clauses for Clergy?

Time after time, we hear of a pastor leaving his church to plant another congregation in the same neighborhood, causing divisions. Is it time for pastors to sign a non-compete agreement?

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Holy Discontent

We've just come through the Lenten journey – days in the wilderness, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter – we may think we have “arrived,” but we have not.

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Must Seminaries Change?

Talk to anyone from the world of seminary admissions/recruitment today and you will hear the same story: enrollment numbers for seminaries are down across the board.

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A Gracious Welcome

This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...

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