Andrew Hebert (@andrewhebert86) joins Sam and Josh on the show to discuss baby dedications. We talk about how you can institute an effective and helpful child dedication. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer. Read more [...]
  Few models exist on how to handle the moral failure of a staff person. Indeed, there is little consensus among pastors about what to do, even with something as explicit as adultery. In a recent survey, LifeWay Research asked pastors, “If a pastor commits adultery, how long, if at all, should the pastor withdraw from public ministry?” As you will see, the answers vary greatly.   Surprisingly, 1 in 4 pastors (not church members) are unsure of how long a pastor should withdraw Read more [...]



I’m preaching a seven-week sermon series: “I Will . . .” This series covers seven expectations of every church member, and this week’s topic is “Give.” A faithful church gives to a faithful God. God does not underwrite thieves. Every gift matters to God. Sacrificial giving changes you. When you give faithfully, you find a home with God.


    Listen in as Pastor Eric Thomas (First Baptist Norfolk, VA) speaks about tenure, following legacy pastors, and checking his ego in the established church. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  Phone calls are an important connection point with church guests. Not all guests will give you their phone numbers. For those who do, here are some guidelines to consider. What to Do When Calling Church Guests Clearly identify yourself. Make sure you mention your name and the name of your church. It’s easy to forget this step! Double-check the name of the person you are calling. I tend to make my phone calls in batches. After I’ve made several phone calls, I can lose track who Read more [...]