Saturday, March 04, 2017

Saturday Lagniappe:"Congregational Singing and the Pastor" and More

Congregational Singing and the Pastor Featuring Mark Dever - Rainer on Leadership #307 [Podcast]

Mark Dever joins Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe on the podcast to talk congregational singing, politics, DC life, and ecclesiology. Listen Now

3 Common Dangers Church Planters Face

Being aware of these three issues can help a planter avoid paralyzing frustration and lead to a healthier first few months or years. Read More

A Few Church Giving Statistics Worth Noting

How did your church’s giving fare this past year? Read More

10 Ways to Make Your Seating Team More Effective

If your church has a seating team, you’ve seen seaters who are too pushy. Seaters who are too passive. Seaters who panic at the first sign of a backup of guests. It doesn’t have to be that way. Your team can be a well-oiled machine, functioning at a high capacity, and serving as a real-time resource to help absorb the awkwardness for a guest who is walking into a crowded venue. Here are ten ways to make it happen.... Read More

Preparing Your Church for Transgender Guests

A few years ago, I encountered my first transgender guest at church. Our transgender guest was similar to other guests. He was looking to fill a void in his life. The dark problems plaguing his soul were many of the same problems others experienced. For one, he was an alcoholic, trying to gulp away pain. Like others, he struggled with an identity. The transgender guest really wanted to be something else, then he didn’t, sometimes in the same conversation. A fluid identity is a curse. You don’t know who you are, and you don’t like it. Read More

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Time

Moses prayed, “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts” (Psalm 90:12). Likewise, the apostle Paul challenged us to walk wisely and make the most of the time (Ephesians 5:15-16). While we are incapable of creating more time, we can get more out of the limited time we have. Here are ten ways I work to get the most out of my time.... Read More

What Constitutes a Pastoral Approach?

What does it mean to be “pastoral”? Read More

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon

Among conservative evangelicals, there’s a longstanding, friendly debate over whether or not every sermon should include a concise summary of the gospel message. Read More

6 Ways For Pastors To Get Out Of A Sermon-Prep Rut

Anyone tasked with delivering a message or writing content for publication knows what it's like to be facing a deadline and hit a wall where you feel like you just having nothing to say. Assuming you’ve done all the necessary preliminary work up to that point, what can help you get unstuck and deliver the message God has given you with boldness and impact? Read More

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