A Bad Motive For Starting a Church Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

Churches are starting new ministries and programs all the time. But how does a church choose whether or not to start a particular ministry? One of the bad motives for starting a ministry is also […]

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An Important Lesson For Christian Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

One of the most important lessons I have learned in my two decades as a pastor is that it is important to choose our battles. Neglecting this can easily destroy the pastor and/or the congregation. […]

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The Church is Not a Building But Take Care of That Building

Leadership and Ministry

Growing up, I thought the church was the building. The church was a place that people went to. It was only as I grew in my faith that I understood that the people are the […]

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What Churches Need to Know About People With Disabilities

Disability and Faith

Yesterday, we had a town hall meeting at our church. This was to look at, among other things, ways we do outreach and ways we welcome. Numerous topics came up and one of them was […]

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31 Days to Become a Better a Pastor: Pray For Your Congregation

Pastor

There are many activities that a pastor can be involved in but prayer is one of the most important. There are many things that we can pray for but one of the most important is […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Love Your Congregation

Pastor

The two most important things a pastor needs to do is to love God and love people. Often the loving of God comes easier than the love for people. Some people are easier to love […]

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Should Churches Remove The Denomination From Their Name?

Denomination

There is a trend for churches to change their names. Sometimes it is to find something a bit more trendy or hip (e.g. Explosion Church) but more often it is to just remove the denominational […]

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Pastors and Titles

Leadership and Ministry

I have had numerous titles during my ministry career. I have been pastor, reverend, padre, chaplain, captain and hopefully soon, doctor. But what titles, if any, should a pastor use? In my first ministry placement […]

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On Being a Pastor and Teacher

Leadership and Ministry

Between my time as the pastor of Woodford Baptist Church/First Baptist Church Meaford and my current church of Queen Street Baptist Church, I had an opportunity to wrestle with my calling. During that time, I […]

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Should Pastors Be Involved in Pastoral Care?

Leadership and Ministry

I’m increasingly hearing calls for pastors to step back from pastoral care. Experts in church growth are claiming that one of the most important things to do to grow a church is for the pastor […]

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My 4 Priorities as a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

What does a pastor do? There are different types of pastors (solo, lead, associate, youth, executive) and so there are different responsibilities. But I can share what my priorities are in my role as the […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Pastors

Leadership and Ministry

Although things have changed, there are still people who place pastors on pedestals. There is nothing wrong with respecting pastors. Pastors study a lot and work hard to help in the spiritual development of their […]

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7 Questions Pastors Need to Regularly Ask

Leadership and Ministry

I love being a pastor and I’m so thankful that the opportunity to return to pastoral ministry came after a three year break. I appreciate the work of my colleagues in ministry and I am […]

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Tips to Becoming an Autism-Friendly Church

Disability and Faith

The CDC has reported that 1 in 68 children are born with autism. Your church needs decide if you want to include or exclude people with autism. Most churches take the steps to be accessible […]

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7 Ways Pastors Can Begin to Integrate Apologetics into Their Ministry

Apologetics

I believe that apologetics is important and not just for those interested in apologetics. Apologetics is especially important for pastors, whether they like it or not. The fact is that there is a steady stream […]

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5 Different People That Pastors Preach To

Preach

The challenge for preaching is that most churches don’t have a homogeneous congregation. The people who are listening to the message are coming from different backgrounds and perspectives. I think that its is a mistake […]

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5 Questions Pastors Should Ask at the Beginning of the Ministry Year

Leadership and Ministry

Although the financial year for a church might start in January, the ministry year really starts in September. As I write this, September is just a couple of days away. Pastors should not just walk […]

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How I Was Called Into Pastoral Ministry

I really enjoying being the pastor of a local congregation. It is a fulfilling and stretching career. But how did I get to this point? What led me to pastoral ministry? This post is about […]

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5 Ways a Church Can Support Their Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

Being the pastor of a church can be a rewarding experiencing. However, much of that depends on the nature of the congregation. Individuals within a church have the power to make or break the experience […]

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How to Talk to Your Pastor About Apologetics

Apologetics

I have heard from a number of people who have been frustrated when their church leadership does not seem interested in apologetics. You have read the books and have been to the conferences and you […]

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Don’t Be That Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I recently wrote a blog post called Don’t Be That Apologist, where I gave some examples of apologists (without names) that are bad examples. I thought I would do the same thing for pastors. As a […]

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4 Questions Pastors Need to Ask

Leadership and Ministry

The unfortunate reality is that not all pastors finish well. We hear about the pastors of megachurches who have moral failures but it happens in small churches all the time. The key is not to […]

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5 Tips for Associate Pastors

Being an associate pastor can be a very rewarding ministry in a local church. One of the advantages of being an associate pastor is that you often have a more focused ministry portfolio than a […]

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5 Things That I Love About Being a Pastor

Pastor

I first had the role of a pastor in 1996 and have been ordained since 2001. I have been a youth pastor, associate pastor and solo pastor. I have been in traditional and contemporary churches, […]

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How Many Hours Should a Pastor Work?

Leadership and Ministry

I once talked to a pastor who said that they expected pastors to work 50 hours a week. Their reasoning was that they expect each church member to volunteer ten hours a week plus a […]

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4 Things That Pastors Need to Remember About Their Congregation

Pastors

One of the biggest challenges for pastors is preparing one sermon for a congregation that is extremely diverse in their knowledge and experience. It is impossible to design a message that will touch everyone where […]

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7 Things For You to Pray About at Church

Leadership and Ministry

I am a firm believer that attending a worship service should not be a passive experience. We can do much more than just soak up whatever is offered to us. One of the ways that […]

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What I Find Hardest About Pastoring

Leadership and Ministry

I am not currently pastoring a church but I did pastor for fourteen years, nine in the same two-point charge. I really enjoyed pastoring and I left because of some life circumstances more than any […]

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What Does a Pastor Actually Do?

Leadership and Ministry

Pastors have it easy, they only work one day a week. Except the reality is that many pastors work seven days a week, even if they are not in the office. In this episode, I […]

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3 Things You Can Do to Encourage Apologetics in Your Church

Apologetics and Theology

One of the greatest frustrations of people involved in apologetics is the lack of interest in their congregations. “Apologetics is so great! Why can’t everyone else see that?” To be honest, there probably was a […]

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How to Have Conflict With Your Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

This is not a guide of how to start conflict if you are currently in a good relationship with your pastor. Rather, this post will seek to give some suggestions on how to deal with […]

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7 Things Churches Need to Know About Autism

Disability and Faith

One of my goals is to equip churches to minister to families dealing with disabilities, especially autism. I have an ebook planned on this very topic. This post is aimed at the mid-sized to small church […]

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Why Should a Church Support Their Pastor in Military Chaplaincy?

You may be a part of the leadership of a church that has a pastor interested in reserve military chaplaincy. Your pastor may have introduced the subject and you are not sure what to think. Why […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Pastor Burnout

Leadership and Ministry

Being in pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers available. At the same time it is stressful and there are all too many cases of burnout. Pastoral ministry does not have to lead to […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Become a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I have pastored for twenty years and I recommend it as one way to serve God. I had an extremely positive experience but there are certain things that people should understand before beginning a career as […]

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5 Things to Do If You Do Not “Feel Fed” at Church

Leadership and Ministry

I often hear people complaining that they do not feel fed at church. By this they usually mean they do not like the pastor’s sermons. I will admit that I have been there before, although I […]

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What Does It Mean to Be an Ex-Pastor?

Leadership and Ministry

I recently blogged on how I understand the call to ministry. I mentioned in passing that I felt called to ministry (even though I understand that call differently now) but that now I am not […]

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5 Ways to Bless Your Pastor

I pastored for fourteen years. While I have lots yet to learn, I did come to understand some things. As a person who now attends rather than pastoring a church, some of those lessons have […]

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Dear Pastor

Apologetics and Theology

I know that you have a lot on your plate. You need to prepare sermons, organize a worship service, visit the sick and shut-ins and attend meetings. As society moves farther into the post-Christian era, […]

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