Are You Preaching Through Your Church?

While on mission to Indonesia, an American pastor felt insulted that the group of national pastors to whom he was preaching did not look him in the eye. For the duration of the sermon, these pastors kept their faces down, fixed solely upon their papers. Of course his concern was alleviated when he learned that …

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Dealing With the Sorrows and Discouragements of Pastoral Ministry

Sorrows and discouragements seem to be orbiting in another galaxy when preparing for ministry. The positive elements of a thriving church, growing and cooperating at every point, preaching great sermons, and leading a willing congregation consume the mind. Yet after getting past the infamous “honeymoon stage” of a pastorate, the pastor discovers that he and …

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The God I Know

“Angela? Would you join me here please?” For some reason the pastor was motioning me to come forward from the back row of the crowded Sunday service at church. I was holding my husband’s Holy Communion because he hadn’t returned to his seat from ushering, so I had no choice but to bring it with …

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Listen… Don’t Assume

Approximately three years ago, I began a Saturday morning Bible study breakfast for some friends with whom I’d been building relationships, hoping to lead them into a relationship with God and/or be an encouragement to their relationship with God.

Leading a Small Church

John Koessler’s take on pastoring smaller congregations. This week’s featured resource, Strengthening Small Churches, includes an interview with John Koessler, who is chair and professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute. He previously spent nine years pastoring a small church in central Illinois. Below is an excerpt from that interview.

Helping Your Church Grow With Tracts

Many soul winners write to Chick Publications with tract distribution ideas. Each Battle Cry issue carries a column of these ideas. Occasionally one comes along which is so effective that it can energize the soul winning in an entire church. Here is one of that kind:

My Top 10 Church Planting Tips

Christianity Today Aaron Damiani This year I faced one of my greatest fears: planting a church. I sought advice from veteran pastors and church planters. Their counsel has come through classes, formal coaching relationships, and one-off meetings or phone calls.

Growing Golden Gracefully

By Sylvia Schroeder “Are we going to be like that when we get old?” I asked my husband as we headed back toward the car from the nursing home. I disliked ministry visits to the crotchety elderly people.