Some Myths About Turnaround

Most churches need a turnaround! Odds are, your church needs one, too. By that, I mean, we all need to experience renewed life and health in our church families. The sad thing is that many ignore the need for revitalization until it’s too late. In Revelation 3:1-2, this startling warning is given to the church…

What’s a Pastor to Give?

Some Financial Advice for Pastors Money is a big deal. We spend our lives making it, spending it, saving it and, of course, worrying about it. No wonder the Bible gives multiple warnings about riches. Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Paul concluded that the love of money is the…

What’s a Pastor to Preach?

So, you preached a decent sermon last Sunday! Great, but guess what? You have to prepare another one for next Sunday and then another for the following Sunday and then the next Sunday, then you need another one after that, and…  Yikes! It seems like it never ends. 🙂 One pastor said that every week they…

What’s a Pastor to Do?

Some practical guidelines for a Lead Pastor’s time. It’s hard for me to believe I pastored one church for 31 ½ years. That’s a long time. I’ve had people ask me, “How did you do it?” I tell them, “Stubbornness!” Seriously, it was God’s grace and people’s patience that allowed us to stay as long…

The Pastor’s Wife and SBSD

By Linda Myers A young, inexperienced pastor’s wife met with a seasoned pastor’s wife hoping to garner words of wisdom. She was surprised when the older lady leaned over and said, “Get out while you still can!” That veteran saint knew from experience that the pastor’s wife is in a vulnerable position. She can’t respond…

Gatekeepers

by James Carmichael James serves as the chairman of our Board of Ministry. The Board provides an important service in our tribe as they guide men and women along the path to vocational ministry. We thought it was important to share their task so that you can understand the process and pray for them with…

Who’s On Your Team?

One of the most significant factors in your ministry is the people you have around you. Last week we talked about the fact that every leader has strengths and every leader has weaknesses (Prophet, Priest or King). Your effectiveness will be determined by your team. Too often we do everything ourselves or fail to find…

Prophet, Priest, or King?

Did you know that Christ’s ministry could be summarized in three primary roles? He was a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus was the ultimate prophet, proclaiming the gospel (Mark 1:15). He was the great high priest, caring for the needy and sick (Mark 1:34). He was the conquering king, calling and leading others (Mark 1:17)….

The Caring Pastor

One of the privileges that I have, as a Conference Superintendent, is to make quarterly phone calls to the pastors in the Pacific Conference. It’s a time for me to catch up with their ministry and spend time praying together. Each time I try to focus on some area to talk about. This winter I’m…

Learning Leaders

We should all be learners. That is especially true of leaders. The day you stop learning, is the day you give up on leading. I really believe that. Most of the time, people can only go a far as their leader. The Apostle Paul was confident enough in his leadership that he wrote, “Whatever you…

Your Christmas Visitors

Christmas is the most likely time you’ll have first-time attenders at church. It is so easy just to “go through the motions” and focus on the church family. However, during the holidays, people will drop in and others will bring family and friends, sometimes for the first time in a long time. 

Sacred Cows

Every church has at least one. They are called sacred cows. A sacred cow is something so valued, that no one would dare change or criticize it. It just means that much to us! These sacred cows are not based on Biblical conviction but personal preferences. We get emotionally attached to these sacred cows, so…