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
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
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?
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There are situations that are beyond our control and happen without our permission. However, there are many other situations that occur as a result of the choices we make. David was a man after God’s heart. He was a wise and efficient leader. However, there was one choice that he made that would impact the rest of his life. This decision was to have a man … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#36)
One of the most familiar stories of the Bible is that of David and Goliath. This is a story of a young teen facing impossible odds and through the grace of God was victorious. The stance that David made is admirable. The faith that he displayed is inspirational. The commitment he had to God is challenging us to us. Read 1 Samuel 16:1-18:16 The Spirit … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#33)
Did you know that Israel was tempted in keeping up with the Joneses. They were still on the roller coaster of morality and obedience that we found in the book of Judges. Even Samuel, who was a great person, could not keep his children in the fear of the Lord. The people who had not given themselves over to other forms of worship asked Samuel … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)