The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:2

  My wife and I like to tease each other about our different perspectives on a restful vacation.  I think her motto is rush instead rest.  Abbie loves holidays involving Disney and Pigeon Forge.  Lot’s of going and doing.  For myself, look more towards camping and fishing.  I guess we each have a different perspective of rest and that’s okay.  As long as we sincerely get … Continue reading The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:2

The Pastor 

Filling the office of the pastor takes a genuine calling from God.  The prophets, judges, and teachings foreshadow it in the Old Testament, and the New Testament defines it.  Church history has validated it, and culture has tested it.  Now, the office of pastor is losing its influence through misunderstandings, a lack of clear purpose, and because of those who have left it with a … Continue reading The Pastor 

Preaching in the New Testament

John the Baptist was the last Old Testament preacher (Luke 16:16), and Jesus became the first New Testament preacher.  In fact, for preaching, John Stott (1982) wrote, “The only place to begin is with Jesus himself” (p. 16).  Jesus, the quintessential person, finds Himself in the preacher’s shoes according to scripture.  In relating God’s Word to us, it was all part of God’s plan (Heb. 1:1-2).  Christ taught that … Continue reading Preaching in the New Testament

From Generation to Generation

How many generations are present in your congregation?  Look through the list and see which groups are represented where you attend. The Builders Generation: Born 1945 and before The Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964 Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976 The Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995 Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 to about 2015 Generation Alpha, or the Glass Generation: Born … Continue reading From Generation to Generation

Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders

There are plenty of things I would have liked to of known when I first started pastoring ten years ago.  Professional training and habitual reading have provided a great foundation.  Observing other pastors is another blessing.  However, nothing has been as beneficial as experience.  In reality, it is the mixture of all three that inform my approach to leading in the church, among so many … Continue reading Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders

How do we improve our church board?

Whenever church boards are discussed, a joke comes to mind.  At the end of a worship service, the pastor announced that there would be a board meeting.  When they gathered, there was a visitor in the meeting room.  Of course, they asked the person why the person had come to the board meeting.  The individual replied, “If anyone was more board in service than me, … Continue reading How do we improve our church board?