One of the things I look forward to when I hire staff is the opportunity to invest into their lives. Between praying for and pastoring their family, weekly staff meetings, and other times of training, I want to do all I can to help build them up in service and as spiritual leaders.
At the same time, I don’t hire staff solely to invest in them. In fact, I hire them primarily to help me build the work of the ministry God has entrusted us with here at Lancaster Baptist Church.
If you serve on a church staff, I would encourage you to appreciate and take advantage of any training or help your pastor provides. (And this, of course, includes his regular preaching.) But don’t see your staff position as just an opportunity for you and your family to be built up, but for you to help build.
This post started with my notes from a recent staff training with our church leadership team as I challenged them to build in four specific areas. If you serve on a church staff, I’d encourage you to take these four areas to heart, especially as you plan for the upcoming year of ministry: (more…)
We’re less than a week out from our annual church vision night, when I share with our church family opportunities to serve the Lord as a church in the coming year. It’s always an exciting time as I attempt to cast vision for what God has placed on my heart and we dream together as a church family.
We need biblical vision—in our lives, our churches, and any sphere of influence God has given to us. Proverbs 29:18 warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
But as you prepare to cast vision, remember that biblical vision isn’t simply listing what you want to do. That is a list of goals. If our vision is not drawn from God’s Word and embraced by faith, it’s not a vision at all; it is simply a to do list.
How can you tell the difference between a biblical vision and a to do list? (more…)
The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.
And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.
In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.
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One of the burdens of my heart over the years has been to see God’s people rooted in His Word—to, in addition to the preaching and teaching they receive at church, be daily encouraged, challenged, and nurtured through the pages of Scripture.
Over the past several years, I’ve published a daily email devotional, titled “Daily in the Word.” I’ve used different themes over the years, always with a goal to encourage Christians to spend time daily in God’s Word.
I’m excited to announce that beginning today, December 1, these devotions will take readers on a one-year journey through the Gospel of Luke—one passage at a time through this chronological account of the life of Christ. (more…)