It all started when a torrential rainstorm river began to flow into the Pacific Northwest. Several days of rain, not the usual heavy mist known in the Northwest, poured into the rivers, flatlands, and streams all around us. The smaller communities of Sumas, Nooksack, Everson, Ferndale, and to a lesser extent, Lynden where we call our home, were affected and a disaster occurred. Many had to leave their flooded homes at a moment's notice with only the clothes on their backs and a few personal items. Not only homes and apartments, but churches, schools, and businesses were damaged as floodwaters poured into them from rapidly rising rivers and heavy rains that continued over several days. Read on to know how you and your church can respond.
A recent poll states that 38% of pastors are tempted to quit and leave the ministry as their chosen profession. The long-lasting Covid pandemic is largely to blame, but there may be other reasons. Let's talk about a few.
What can you expect when you pray? You may want an immediate answer or you may desire an answer that God will give you just because you want it. But let's face the reality that God may answer your prayer differently than the way you think or want. Without wanting to limit God, may I suggest the following three ways God answers our prayers as our loving Heavenly Father.
So I have been serving as a transitional pastor for the past twelve years. It has been challenging but rewarding, hard work, but worth it. Now at the age of 75, I am doing some transitioning myself. Read all about it in the blog.
After many years of experiencing ministry leadership and watching others do the same, I have come to the conclusion that pastors, church planters, and other ministry leaders operate in zones of ministry – some good, some are not so good, and some may be neutral. The following are some of the zones that you may find yourself in as you do ministry.
Most church leaders benefit greatly from coaching. Coaching can be a big help in bringing out the best in you. I can also be a way of helping you seek and find God's will in your thinking, planning, and execution of what the Lord has given you to accomplish, for He has prepared his plan to be worked out in your life as a believer (Eph. 2:10). So, how can you get the best out of coaching? This blog may give you some direction for answering this question.
Most churches forget to neglect to do some important things as they go about ministry. Here is a list of ten to jog your memory.
Have you ever been to a business meeting and after 20 minutes wondered why you are even there? Are others who are there thinking the same thing. If your answer to these questions is yes, then you need some help. The following suggestions can increase the meeting's effectiveness.
Sometimes pastors just need to chill out and laugh at some of their sermon mistakes. Here is a list of 10 preaching bloopers that I'm sure you and I have never done.
As a former church planter, coach, and trainer of church planters, and assessment team member in several church planter assessment centers, I highly value the need and importance of a CPAC. Here are 10 reasons why every aspiring church planter needs to go through the experience of a church planter assessment center.