How can you help people while at the same time being strategic? What are best practices with benevolence ministry in the church? This episode is brought to you by Ministry Grid and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer. Read more [...]
Not all my readers are Baptists. For those of you who do not hold to my convictions, I’m not trying to stir the theological pot. For those of you who practice immersion, however, I want to provide some practical tips. I believe the few minutes just before a baptism should be intentional and strategic. First, I’m assuming a careful process leading up to the baptism. It should be taught. The person being baptized should talk with a trusted church leader or pastor. This person should Read more [...]
If you’re a ministry leader, you likely get the request often. It’s an understandable—and often legitimate—request. Most church leaders field a lot of requests from ministries wanting to be mission partners. I can’t blame them. If you believe in your ministry, then you should want as many mission partners as possible. Churches are often the first place people seek help, and I understand the desire to raise a lot of support. The Internet age makes it much easier for independent Read more [...]
Sundays require stamina. We have four worship services—one in Spanish and three in English. I preach the three English-speaking services: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. I have to train my body and mind to keep the energy up throughout the morning. Often, I have at least one, if not two other speaking responsibilities following the three morning services. It may seem strange, but I have to be strategic with the time between each of the services. People approach me in rapid-fire Read more [...]
I’m preaching a series through the first half of the book of Acts called “Launch.” This sermon covers Acts 4:1-37. Being a good person is not the same as being a bold believer. Bold believers stand where they are saved. Bold believers seize the opportunity to share God’s love with others.
I’m joining my podcast co-hosts, Fries and King, in Dallas for a one-day event. If you are an established church pastor, then this event is for you! Come hang out with others who are as passionate as we are about the established church. Click here to learn more about the first Est.Church Conference. Leading the established church requires a different kind of approach. Have you tried to initiate change but keep getting stuck? Learn from others here! We want your whole team at Read more [...]
My Easter text was 1 Corinthians 1:18-21. The god of human opinion will divide us, but the foolishness of God will unite us.
How can a pastor encourage people to get plugged into missions both here and there? This episode is brought to you by Ministry Grid and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer. Read more [...]
Easter Sunday is now over. Pastor, you’re probably a little tired. Church leader, your energy level might be lower than usual for the next twenty-four hours. It’s expected. Most churches pour into Easter Sunday. They should. Easter is one of the major highlights of the church calendar. Jesus’ resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The calling of a pastor is one of continuing the resurrection celebration. Easter is the “big day” in many ways, a grand celebration Read more [...]
My Palm Sunday text was Luke 19:28-44. Our victory is possible only through the sacrifice of Christ. King Jesus gives victory to those who worship Him. Victorious worship is sacrificial and contagious. King Jesus weeps for those who war against Him.