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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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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5 Labor Day Encouragement Tips for Pastors

5 Labor Day Encouragement Tips for Pastors

Encouraging working men and women in our congregations is an oft-neglected, but essential part of ministry, because most Christians who attend church on Sunday don’t draw a paycheck from a Christian organization. They have to get up on Monday morning ...

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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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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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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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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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5 Tips to Grow Disciples

5 Tips to Grow Disciples

God has called us into the most wonderful work in the world! Much of what we do can be compared to what a farmer does. He grows crops; we grow people. He reaps a harvest of grain or vegetables; we ...

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3 Ways to Bloom Where God Plants You

3 Ways to Bloom Where God Plants You

While talking with my pastor recently, we discussed my increasing burden/passion for pastoral ministry. As we talked, he looked at me and said: “You need to bloom where you are currently planted.” I didn’t realize how much I needed to ...

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7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

Football, bonfires, and changing leaves; there is just something special about this time of year.  Many people find autumn to be the most refreshing time of year. There may be some spiritual significance to all of this. Fall is harvest ...

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