Basic Church Ministries

In every church, there are some primary ministries.  The size of the congregation or the purpose of a new pastor to come in doesn’t matter when it comes to these essential activities.  In a way, the following four types of ministry describe much of what groups of believers do in the world. Ministry of the Word in Discipleship As a foundation, the Word of God … Continue reading Basic Church Ministries

A great history.

One of my favorite things about things about family reunions is hearing the history of our family.  Even now, I will pull out a video of my grandfather telling stories about his youth and the history of our family.  Some of the most memorable are the funny ones.  Then there are the ones that are hard to believe and amazing.  Some stories that are embarrassing, but they are … Continue reading A great history.

Help for Sunday School Teachers

Whether you teach youth or adults, I believe these following points will provide some guidance on how to improve your ability as a Bible teacher. Be early There is much to be said about punctuality in all areas of life.  However, when you are the Sunday School teacher, being early is very important.  The room needs to be ready for students and your materials set … Continue reading Help for Sunday School Teachers

Cross-Organizational Teamwork

I recently gave a presentation on the impact individuals have on cross-organizational teamwork.  The study was based on a group I work with that has members comprised of different community churches and other local organizations.  The study was based on research from Roloff, Wolley, & Edmonson’s (2011) research on team learning (pp. 249-271).  Three areas were addressed: learning curve, task mastery, and group processes.  The … Continue reading Cross-Organizational Teamwork

Worship at a wedding and funeral?

Last week was busy.  The first half of the week was revival services, and the last half had a wedding and funeral.  The wedding was on Friday evening and the funeral on Saturday.  In less than a day, I ministered in both of the significant situations that most preachers claim they were never taught about in seminary.  However, regardless of the extra consideration and planning that … Continue reading Worship at a wedding and funeral?

God can revive us!

Our congregation is concluding our spring revival services.  We typically take an opportunity twice a year.  These multiple services are a call to our people to set aside more time for attending corporate prayer, singing, and preaching.  Revival week is a call to other individual spiritual disciplines as well.  We typically do revivals in Spring and Fall.  After the frigidness of winter, it is a … Continue reading God can revive us!

The Passover

The following outline is a handout given during a mid-week service where we studied the background of the Passover and Feast of Unleavened bread.  It was attached to our churches live facebook feed for those who were unable to attend. The Passover Exodus 12:1-33 The Biblical Narrative The Passover is the tenth plague God sent to Israel. Pharaoh would not allow the people to go … Continue reading The Passover