Every pastor gets overwhelmed. The pressures of ministry are real and many, and seasons of stress are bound to occur. Personally, I’ve dealt with legitimate death threats (twice). The weeks surrounding each of those times were intense. I’m sure many of you have stories of severe storms in which the stress was overwhelming. However, when ongoing stress starts to define a pastor, it becomes a contagion that spreads to others. Unresolved stress can ruin church leadership. In fact, it Read more [...]
  http://www.westbradenton.org/assets/2079/170319_i_will_grow.mp3   I’m preaching a sermon series called “I Will . . .” This series covers seven expectations of every church member, and this week’s topic is “Grow.” The healthiest churches inwardly are the ones most focused outwardly. Healthy spiritual growth only occurs where sacrifice is present. Healthy spiritual growth includes reaching people who are not like you. A healthy church community is different than any Read more [...]
    Andrew Hebert (@andrewhebert86) joins Sam and Josh on the show to discuss the ins and outs of church staff meetings. We share some ideas on how to improve your meetings and get the most out of them for both you and the staff. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  A large wave of retiring pastors is moving towards the church. Boomer pastors are currently between the ages of 53 and 71. They won’t all retire at once, so this wave won’t crash into the church like a tsunami. But the American church is not prepared to replace these pastors as they retire. Just 1 in 7 pastors leading congregations are under 40, and the average age of Protestant senior pastors has risen to 54 from 44 in the last 25 years—a full decade older! Additionally, Millennials Read more [...]

 

 

I’m preaching a sermon series called “I Will . . .” This series covers seven expectations of every church member, and this week’s topic is “Serve.” An enduring church serves like Jesus. If God has saved you, then you are sent by Jesus. To live sent, you must be willing to sacrifice. Your home address is not an accident. Every local church has a global mandate.