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What Are You Reading?

That question was asked on a pastor’s forum recently? The assumption was, what are you reading that’s ministry related. I’ve been a reader ever since Miss Lacy, my kindergarten teacher, asked me if I wanted to learn to read. It was the early 1960s. Miss Lacy, who was in her last year of teaching, sawContinue reading “What Are You Reading?”

Contend for the Faith

Jude verse 3 tell us, “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” In this one chapter book the writer was eager to write about “our common salvation,” but he had to ask the recipients to stand for the truths of scripture. In church growth, leaders may be veryContinue reading “Contend for the Faith”

Delegation

One of my shortcomings as a pastor was doing everything myself. Now, I don’t mean I literally did everything, but a lot that I could have delegated, I did myself. Why? First, I have prided myself in being a person who is indispensable, I have liked to think if someone doesn’t come through, then atContinue reading “Delegation”

Small Groups

Many congregations have lost attendees following Covid 19. A commonality for those who have come back to church is that they were a part of a small group. The relationship factor from being in a small group has demonstrated that those who are a part of such a group are much more likely to continueContinue reading “Small Groups”

Reaching Millennials

Too many congregations are weighted with mostly older adults. The Millennials, born between 1980 to 2000, are our largest generation, surpassing even the Baby-Boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964. According to Pew Research, there are 72.1 million Millennials. Those of us who are older may have concluded that Millennials, on the whole, don’tContinue reading “Reaching Millennials”

Encouragement for Churches

There’s a lot to feel down about for believers and congregations. We hear statistics about fewer people identifying as Christians and the rise of the nones–those who don’t identify with any religion or faith. The nones can be explained as basic honesty. Formerly, it was advantageous to profess Christianity and be a part of aContinue reading “Encouragement for Churches”

Friendship Among Men

I’m an observer of human behavior, and one thing I’ve observed is that women, generally speaking, are much better at social relationships and have closer friendships than men do. Women seem to have a closer social connection with their friends. It’s as though their brains and emotions are connected. I have over 4,000 Facebook friends.Continue reading “Friendship Among Men”

Tastes and Preferences

A pastor was recently promoting a building and renovation program to raise money for it. I found one of his examples interesting, and, in all honesty, I have used similar tactics. He drinks lots of sodas. The pastor noted how much more could be contributed to the building programs by limiting the number of softContinue reading “Tastes and Preferences”

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