Five Important Things That Never Go Out of Style In Ministry

Suits for many modern preachers have become obsolete. Overhead projectors were once used by churches, Short choruses from the 1980’s are almost non-existent and many people don’t know the definition of a hymnal. Colors have changed in church buildings. Weddings are often held outside the church. Styles will always come and go. However, some things … Read more

EMBRACE LAUGHTER – IT’S A POWERFUL AND FREE TOOL

Ministries, families, churches, and businesses have been ruined by the close examination of their leaders’ inner lives. As Kevin Harney writes in his book, Leadership From The Inside Out, you need someone who can check your back. It’s like having skin troubles. Those who are prone to them wear sunscreen, hats and long sleeves; and … Read more

SEVEN WAYS EFFECTIVE PASTORS CAN MOTIVATE THEIR CHURCH

Motivation is central to the work of the church. Christians are motivated out of love (1 Cor 16:14), out of thankfulness (Eph. 5:20), out of calling (Matthew 28:19) and from future promises (Heb. 11:24-26). We’re thankful for God’s rich mercy (Eph. 2:4) and that is enough to motivate us to serve Jesus faithfully. I’m thankful … Read more

“HOLDING THE ROCK” – BALANCING CHURCH WORK AND HOME LIFE IS IMPORTANT

This past week and weekend were hectic. Long day, lots of details. Forty-eight invigorating hours of ministry work between Thursday evening and Sunday evening. I was mentally distracted at home. For part of that time, my wife and kids were with me.  In another part, they were off doing other activities while I was busy. … Read more

Five Ways Ministry Events Can Help Your Church Thrive

For several years, Harvest Conferences has been in existence to provide opportunities for children, students, and leaders to grow. You may be tired of hearing me say this, but gathering with the larger church is part of a healthy plan for anyone in your congregation, especially the younger generations.  Day in and day out discipleship, … Read more

7 WAYS TO OVERCOME CHURCH BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

I’ve been in 843 church buildings – or something like that. I’ve seen some good and bad.  And no matter what, it’s always a challenge. Congregations are formed by their buildings, to some extent.  If your sanctuary is formal, the congregation typically begins to lean that way.  If the sanctuary is more informal, the congregation … Read more

IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GENERATION Z

Those born between 1997 and 2012 are called Generation Z. Like other generations, they take what is passed down to them, mix it with their own historic and cultural experiences, and out comes their unique take on life and their contribution to the world. Since both of my kids fall into this age group, I … Read more