Pastors and their families are facing levels of stress that are simply not sustainable for a healthy life and ministry over the long-haul. Expectations are made, the bar is set high and many have a difficult time keeping up with it all. One of my new favorite quotes is this: “I will not sacrifice my family on the altar of ministry.” Here are some important recommendations on how to avoid that sacrifice.
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There was a German Village where a man and his wife learned to worship on the Sabbath. The rest of the village didn’t like it. There was pressure to conform. The men of the village came and tore the roof off of their house. The man and his wife heard their neighbors up on the roof and wondered what to do. They thought of Romans 12 where it says, “If your enemy is hungry feed him.” They made them lunch. When the men came down off the roof they were invited to sit down for lunch. The man and his wife served them graciously. After lunch, without anything being said, the men went back up and reroofed their house.
Take your regular rolling announcements from the sanctuary screen each Sabbath and share them with a wider audience through your favorite social media platforms! Read More
It was my first church where I was the senior pastor and the 7th and 8th grade teacher was for a reason that I can’t now recall needed to be gone and I was asked to teach Bible and PE for a week or so. I had never had any pedagogical training but went to the elementary school to be a teacher. I quickly learned to appreciate the challenges provided by pubescent boys and girls. They were quick to give all the right answers in Bible class but when then we went to recess the Bible lessons we spoke of in class did not have any effect on behavior when it came to playing baseball. I quickly learned that the theory of Christian living in a Bible Class did not always translate into behavior on the ball field.
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by Kumar Dixit
Source: NAD Ministerial
When I walked into the sanctuary, I darted toward my “regular” row that my family has been sitting in for years. But on this particular Sabbath, the space had already been occupied by visitors. I needed four more seats for my family, but there wasn’t enough room in that row. In fact, I couldn’t find enough seats except in the back rows of the church. So that is where my family sat, next to a woman in a her 30s, who kindly moved over a few seats to provide enough space. After church, I introduced myself to this young-adult lady.
“Is this your first time here,” I inquired. She laughed shyly and said, “I’ve been attending here for over a year.”
“Oh wow,” my wife and I responded with curiosity, because we had never seen her.
“Yes, you guys are the first people to ever welcome me,” she explained.
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by Jose Cortes, Jr.
Source: NAD Ministerial
A frustrated pastor called me not long ago, he was crying and said, “my church board just voted another Evangelistic Meeting for this year, just like we did last year, $20,000.00 to pay mostly for flyers and a guest speaker to hold meetings for four weeks.
LIKE is an acronym
· List 5-10 people you’d like to see baptized.
· Intercede for them daily.
· Kindness shown through words and acts.
· Encourage Bible study & decisions.
The members kept one card in their Bibles as a prayer list and handed in the other copy for the church leaders to pray for. It didn’t take long before we started seeing God answer.
The first name on Candy’s card was her husband Cliff. Throughout their 42 years of marriage, Cliff had shown Continue Reading…
In order to catch people’s eye and move them toward a visit to your church, your website must be functional, easy to navigate, and visually pleasing. It should look professional, and represent a community where someone would want to hang out and spend their time-just like your current church members. Read More Here!
Learn how you can make your Sabbath morning worship welcome time excellent, intentional, strategic, and short. Click on the article 9 Tips to Improve Your Church’s Welcome Segment to find out!
The Bible says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Too many churches approach ministry with a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mentality. Instead of carefully making plans for outreach and church life they coast along hoping something good will happen by accident, dumb luck, or God simply taking pity on their depressing lack of effort. I have found that it isn’t only local churches that struggle with this, but schools and occasionally conference departments too. A lack of planning creates an undercurrent of stress that saps energy and fun out of serving Jesus. While planning is hard work, it prevents even harder work in the long run.
Several years ago, our church rented to a Methodist congregation and I was Continue Reading…