Caring for Orphans by Planting Churches

Caring for Orphans by Planting Churches

Our God is the “Father to the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5; 146:9,) and God’s people are called to love the vulnerable (Is. 1:17, James 1:27). Few, however, make the connection between church planting and mercy ministry, or in this case, church planting and orphan prevention.

Being an Acts 2 Church in the 21st Century

Being an Acts 2 Church in the 21st Century

Some churches are known for their music programs, others for their children or youth ministries, while yet others for some sort of “niche” that appeals to a large audience. While all such ministries can be good and helpful for both reaching your community and encouraging the church, it’s interesting to look back at what the first church devoted themselves to.

Five Reasons Many Pastors Struggle with Depression

Five Reasons Many Pastors Struggle with Depression

Many pastors really do struggle with depression.

Most church members have no idea their pastor was depressed. They don’t know until they are awakened to the reality of some of the dramatic consequences of the depression: broken marriages; sexual affairs; resignation from ministry; and even suicide.

9 Ways to Support a Young Pastor or Staff Member

9 Ways to Support a Young Pastor or Staff Member

This past weekend, I spent time with one of my former doctoral students who now pastors a church in Texas. I had a great time with him and his church. As I listened to his church members express their gratitude for him, I remembered how much the two churches I pastored made a difference in my life. Here are some ways I encourage you to support any young leaders on your church staff:

Six Ways to Keep Your Focus in Church Planting

Six Ways to Keep Your Focus in Church Planting

Church planting is very rewarding but certainly has its challenges. My wife and I have been on this journey several years and have definitely experienced our share of highs and lows. We are learning that where we focus really matters to sustain us through every season of church planting. No matter where you find yourself, here are six ways to keep your focus where it should be and keep building the church God has called you to build.

Did I kill my sending church?

Did I kill my sending church?

In the fall of 2013, I came to a 3-year-old church plant in Southern Indiana as the Executive Pastor. Not long after, we were ready to send out two local church plants. We had no idea that number would be three.