As leaders we never want to sacrifice our families on the “altar of ministry.” However, we also don’t want to sacrifice our ministries on the “altar of our families.” Balance is the key. How do we honor our families as well as the ministries that God has called us to without making idols out of either?
There are a lot of good jokes about preaching. One of my favorites suggests, “Pastors only work one day a week – and then they work too long!” That’s funny but it’s not true. I have served as pastor of… More →
Mission trips can be a huge blessing to church planters. However, they need to be mission efforts that actually help the planter and the plant. What are some ways that mission trips actually help church plants?
When I was a teenager my brother got two albino gerbils. If you aren’t familiar with this type of gerbil, they look a little like cute demons. They have white fur (the cute part) and red eyes (the demon part)…. More →
What is the role of the local church in racial reconciliation? In this webinar, Shane Pruitt and Caleb Turner look to address questions concerning the local church and racial reconciliation. This webinar was originally posted on sbtexas.com/onlinetraining. Find more great webinars on that site.
“Am I losing my mind? What’s wrong with me?” That’s what I wondered in the middle of the night, alone in a dark motel room. I had gotten out of bed and started preaching to the shadows on the wall!… More →
Preaching and proclaiming the Word of God is one of the most important callings for any Pastor. How do you leverage your schedule to build effective sermons? How do you guard and protect your study time? Are there day by day goals we should accomplish in building messages throughout the week?
Sitting in a café in Montreal I am reminded of just how hard the people of Montreal work. As they walk past me focused on the tasks that await them, I can literally see the stress in their eyes as… More →
Often, ministry can become a bitter mistress that pulls a spouse away from their families. How do we have a healthy view of ministry? As a spouse, how do you not become bitter and jealous over ministry? Being married to someone called to vocational ministry, how do you find your own place in the Kingdom work?
What is a church planter? A simple definition of a church planter is one who plants (or starts) a new local church. Of course that begs the question, “What is a good definition for church?” The word “church” originally comes… More →