As ministers, we want our people to experience spiritual growth. We long to see them draw close to God and practice a rich, compelling faith.
Expectation obfuscation takes place when a church or its leaders fail to adopt, document, communicate, and evaluate ministry expectations.
If you are looking for a summer read, I have a recommendation, Saying It Well by chuck Swindoll.
Kris Barnett, Associate Professor of Practical Ministries at Clamp Divinity School, speaks on pastor appreciation in the local church.
In his book Strategic Disciple Making, Aubrey Malphurs, speaks about when you know to hire new staff members in the life of the church.
My friend Jerry Drace recently wrote this for Baptist Press. It is an important reminder to all of us who serve in church leadership: A young lady approached me with a solemn, somber expression in her brown eyes, trying to hold back the tears, as I left the church auditorium’s platform after extending the invitation. “I have a personal request,” … Read More
Preachers must the difference between the message and the method. As preachers of the Word, we have a sacred duty to be true to the Word of God as revealed in scripture. But we have freedom in the methodology we use in communicating that truth. “3 points and a poem” is not the 11th commandment. As Calvin Miller points out, … Read More
Kris Barnett explains how true satisfaction is found in the presence of God and how that is a safeguard against moral failure in ministry.
Middle school was a crisis time for me. Bespeckled with Coke-bottle frames and sporting braces and a bowl-haircut, I was the poster-child for the socially awkward. What I longed for as a shy, self-conscious seventh grader was the proverbial “friend who sticks closer than a brother”—an encourager and advocate, someone who could speak comfort and counsel to my preteen circumstances … Read More