Our theme was Continue from 2 Timothy 3:14, and the emphasis was on continuing with a heart for God and in the work of God with renewed passion and commitment to Christ. I’ve been praying for the conference guests and for each pastor and church represented that the Lord will use the truths and helps from the conference to bear fruit that remains in their churches and communities.
For the past several years, we have placed as much of the conference as we can online for two groups of people—those who could not attend the conference and those who could.
I’d like to highlight the online resources available to you and suggest a few ways you might use them. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I’m always asking the Lord to help me be more effective in the ministry. It seems that with every passing year, the challenges we face are greater, the time constraints more pressing, and the needs around us enlarged. Through God’s grace, I want to be the most effective servant possible in the midst of these challenges.
In this growth points video, I share five characteristics that I am always seeking to develop in my own life and that I look for in the lives of those laboring here in our ministry as well.
(If you you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)
Here are the points that I develop more thoroughly in the video: (more…)
Christians across America are frustrated. Some are discouraged. Some are fearful. Some are hopeless.
Our culture is shifting before our very eyes, and there seems to be little to nothing we can do to stop it. We see the decaying morals and we sense the intolerance toward Christians growing around us.
Pastors, too, become discouraged with it all. Those serving in ministry wonder if there is hope for our nation or for revival.
But lest we bemoan the difficult times in our country today, could I remind you that the gospel has prospered in even more difficult times in years past.
In fact, the Apostle Paul is believed to have written the book of 2 Timothy from the Mamertine Prison in Rome. He wrote at an incredibly difficult time both in world history and in his life. Christians everywhere were persecuted, and he knew he was only a short time from his own martyrdom.
What was his instruction at this critical period? (more…)
If you’ve served the Lord any length of time, you know that the outward expressions of service don’t guarantee a consistent heart for the Lord.
The same is true of serving on a church staff. Being in the ministry is not a guarantee that you will be strong as a Christian or that you will be diligent in the spiritual disciplines of following God and serving His people. In fact, in some ways, serving in an official ministry position (paid or volunteer) makes you more of a target for Satan’s attacks. For if you fall, you’re influencing others.
So how do you avoid being a casualty in ministry? How do you avoid washing out along the way? Here are eight ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls: (more…)
Special days, such as Easter Sunday, are a great time for extensive soulwinning in your community.
But sharing the gospel is not just a once-or-twice-a-year responsibility for the local church. It is to be our great priority. It is the mission with which Christ left us.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20
If your church is going to be consistently focused in soulwinning, thorough in saturating your community with the gospel, and diligent in follow up, you will need a soulwinning director—someone to coordinate the soulwinning efforts of the church family.
This may be a paid staff member or a layperson. It may even be, as it was for our church in the early years, the pastor.
How can a soulwinning director effectively engage the church family in outreach? Below are seven practices: (more…)