Urban ministry engages depravity, longevity and community.
In spite of numerous racial tensions in the U.S. in recent months, there are still Christians who choose to remain silent about reconciliation and justice. They continue to remain steadfast in the belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with rectifying the racial divide.
I talk to youth leaders across the country, many of whom feel like their pastors are not fully behind their youth ministry efforts. Speaking as a former church planter and preaching pastor, here are a few tips that will help get your Sr. Pastor on board with you and your youth ministry:
“Salvation causes us to step out of sin’s slavery into security with Christ.” – Selected
One does not wish to romanticize the state of black preaching. When it is good it is very, very good. And when it is bad … well, that too is true.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.“ – Philippians 4:19-20 These verses are so precious. The words “my God” make verse nineteen so very personal to each of us. Then notice with me the …
An unsung hero – that’s what you could call a minister’s wife. Rarely do church members comprehend how much the pastor’s spouse endures and gives up for her husband’s job. The calling is tough, and many feel alone and judged by their congregation.
Allow me to say, first of all, that I try extremely hard to continue to swim against the flowing tide of preachers who have been caught up and carried away in the rushing waters of political and social movements. My desire is to stay on a spiritual course and stick with my calling as pastor/teacher. …
“The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.” – Psalm 45:13
Like soldiers returning from battle, all of us bring injuries, memories and enemies back to our relationships that can sabotage our lives. We are walking wounded with battle scars, broken hearts, and snake-bitten minds. Unfortunately, these wounds are not badges of honor either. When the right buttons are pushed, a cascade of emotions, conflicts and …