9 Reasons Some Churches Will Not Reach College Students

9 Reasons Some Churches Will Not Reach College Students

I love college students. In fact, I’d want to be pastoring in a university town if the Lord called me back to the senior pastorate. I’m convinced that their generation has a much greater opportunity to reach the nations than my generation does. On the other hand, some churches, I’m convinced, won’t reach college students. Here’s why:

8 Areas Where Pastors Wish They Were Better Equipped

8 Areas Where Pastors Wish They Were Better Equipped

I thank God for pastors. They are often criticized, second-guessed, underpaid and expected to do too many things. Pastors would be perfect if they were simply omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.

The Lie Church Planters Believe

The Lie Church Planters Believe

I started running track when I was eight years old. Like every kid, I wanted to be the fastest on the team. I enjoyed track and field, so I continued to run through elementary and high school.

However, the older I got the slower I seemed to become. Well, it wasn’t that I was getting slower, but I wasn’t as naturally fast as many of the other guys on my team.

Good Missions Strategies. Bad Gospel.

Good Missions Strategies. Bad Gospel.

Whisked from the United States to Costa Rica with nothing but “five weeks of missions ‘training,’” Jamie Wright started blogging to emotionally process and intentionally expose the brokenness she saw crippling the missionary system around her (117). Over the years, her writing evolved from her blog to her first book—The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever—in which she details her journey from sweaty pagan to sweaty missionary to slightly-less-sweaty blogger and minister’s wife.

5 Reasons Every Pastor Should Be Involved in VBS or Camp Ministry

5 Reasons Every Pastor Should Be Involved in VBS or Camp Ministry

I know, I know, I can already hear the objections and excuses. We pastors are often tired, overworked, and burdened men. That is exactly why I ask you to consider being involved in VBS and/or Christian camp ministry next summer, or this summer if it’s not too late. We need the joy these ministries offer.

Parents Want to Pass On Faith, But Few Talk About It

Parents Want to Pass On Faith, But Few Talk About It

Virtually every Christian parent says they want their teenager to develop a lifelong faith, but relatively few are actually talking to their students about important spiritual issues.

Barna found 97 percent of engaged Christian parents say it’s important to them that their teen develops a faith that lasts into their adulthood. And 92 percent say the same about their teen being equipped to explain the Christian faith.

Don’t Overcomplicate Evangelism

Don’t Overcomplicate Evangelism

“If you build it, they will come.”

I like the movie Field of Dreams, but it’s a terrible evangelism strategy for church planters.

Most unbelievers have no interest in joining you this Sunday. Simply offering a “good product” isn’t enough in this post-Christian world. It doesn’t matter how cool your venue is, how good your music and coffee are, or how hip your pastor looks.

How to Effectively Plan a Year of Preaching

How to Effectively Plan a Year of Preaching

For many pastors, these words are like giant mosquitoes, sucking the lifeblood right out of them. After all, we didn’t go into ministry to be planners and administrators. We chose this profession because we love people and we want them to meet Jesus. We want them to experience Jesus in every message we preach. That’s the stuff that gets our juices flowing!