12 Things a Pastor Should Never Ask a Church Member

12 Things a Pastor Should Never Ask a Church Member

I’m thinking of one-on-one conversations in which a pastor might ask this of the church member… Not a good idea. Do not ask the following questions: 1. How did you vote on that issue? 2. Are you a Democrat or ...

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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Vision

5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Vision

If you have ever attended a leadership conference, read a leadership book, or even been in a room where leadership is being taught, you have no doubt heard the word vision. It’s used in all areas, not just because it ...

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6 Things to Do When Your Church Changes

6 Things to Do When Your Church Changes

These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common…. Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. Huge screens ...

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3 Keys to Church Survival

3 Keys to Church Survival

Question: How can a church survive amid the rapidly changing world around us? Answer: Do what surviving churches have always done.

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Top 6 Criticisms Pastors Face (and How to Respond)

Top 6 Criticisms Pastors Face (and How to Respond)

You have attended a frustrating meeting or two if you’ve been in ministry even a short amount of time. One of the most frustrating elements of meetings are good-idea-snipers. When someone floats a wild, new idea for a ministry – ...

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The Pastor’s #1 Blind Spot (and 3 Ways to Avoid It)

The Pastor’s #1 Blind Spot (and 3 Ways to Avoid It)

Many leaders unknowingly sabotage their churches by wrongly assuming their staff members are actively engaged in their role in fulfilling the church’s mission. By engagement, I mean enthusiasm, effort, and enjoyment in their work. This lack of understanding about engagement is, in my experience, the ...

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5 Reasons We Should Make Disciples

5 Reasons We Should Make Disciples

As a pastor, “Why am I here?” is a common question that I get all of the time. It is a question about personal purpose. The question of “Why are we supposed to make disciples?” clues us in on the ...

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15 Answers to Give to the “Did Paul Hate Women?” Question

15 Answers to Give to the “Did Paul Hate Women?” Question

The email read: Dear Roger, When I read some of the things Paul wrote about women I understand why many (especially Non-Christians) consider Paul to be a male-chauvinistic-sexist pig. I will make my question very simple and specific: “Did Paul ...

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The Best Way to Preach (and 3 Reasons for It)

The Best Way to Preach (and 3 Reasons for It)

Although sometimes referred to as exegetical preaching, I prefer the term expository preaching for the simple reason that it more clearly communicates that the goal of such preaching is to expose–that is, bring into clear view–at least three things: (1) ...

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3 Ways We are to Guard the Truth

3 Ways We are to Guard the Truth

I recently posted my top 10 biblical priorities for a pastor’s ministry in the local church. One common question asked as a result was, “What does it mean for a pastor to guard the truth?” This is a fair question, especially ...

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