Sorry, Pastors – The Growth Of The Church Is Not Up To Us

Sorry, Pastors – The Growth Of The Church Is Not Up To Us

f the size of my church was up to me, it would have been a lot bigger a long time ago.
After all, like so many of my peers in ministry, I’ve followed all the rules. Preach the Word, train disciples, reach people, remove obstacles, lead and manage it well, and the church will grow. Won’t it?

Engaging Others with the Gospel

Engaging Others with the Gospel

We are called to consistently engage our culture with the gospel in mind, within and outside our normal routines. We should go on mission trips. We should, on occasion, go door-to-door to people we don’t know to engage them in gospel conversation, but we don’t end our engagement there. We should engage others from a gospel perspective in our everyday and every-weekend moments like our school boards, club teams, Home Owners Associations, Parent / Teacher Associations, workplaces, classrooms, charities, neighbors, etc.

3 Ways a Gospel-Centered Preacher Can Miss the Gospel

3 Ways a Gospel-Centered Preacher Can Miss the Gospel

In recent years, there has been a rapidly growing interest in gospel-centered preaching. With the help of the internet and its resources, many preachers like myself have been transformed by the examples of Tim Keller, Art Azurdia, Anthony Carter, and countless others. We have come to believe, like them, that every sermon should faithfully connect that week’s text and theme to the gospel. Those of us who hold to this philosophy do so because it is consistent with Jesus’s teaching in Luke 24 and with the ministry approach modeled by the apostles throughout the New Testament.

6 Ways for Pastors to Raise Up the Next Generation of Pastors and Missionaries

6 Ways for Pastors to Raise Up the Next Generation of Pastors and Missionaries

I think most of us are missing it, pastors. My perception is that we give little attention to “calling out the called” among us; we instead lead reactively here, only talking to potential pastors and missionaries if they first come to us. I’m convinced some “called” folks remain in the pew as a consequence, neither understanding their calling nor knowing their pastor would be happy to talk with them. Here are some ways to fix this problem:

How to Engage Your Community through Serving

How to Engage Your Community through Serving

The church no longer has the voice it once did—especially not in the New England states. This region of North America was the genesis of revival and the Great Awakening but much has changed.

Developing brotherhood in your city: Why and how it’s successful

Developing brotherhood in your city: Why and how it’s successful

When I was a kid, we used to jump all over the playground whining “hiiiii-ya!” like feral cats and clumsily throwing our ridiculous kicks through the air at anyone stupid enough to get in our way. In at the time, I imagined myself like Bruce Lee, but I must have looked comical as my mind’s eye can remember it now. Like my childhood antics of kicking in an arc and calling it a roundhouse, our church planting methods are not as effective as the apostles’.

10 Conversation Starters for Church Guests

10 Conversation Starters for Church Guests

It’s that time again – the part of the church service everyone dreads. Whether your church has an official “stand up and greet one other” time or you interact informally, reaching out to a newcomer is often awkward and uncomfortable. Sometimes so awkward and uncomfortable that church members avoid it altogether. But ask anyone why they joined a particular church, and you’ll often hear the words, “The people were so friendly,” or “They really made me feel welcome.”

Episode 65: The Preacher and Personal Evangelism

Episode 65: The Preacher and Personal Evangelism

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Alvin Reid joins me in a discussion on the preacher and the personal evangelism. Alvin holds the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism and is senior professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the pastor to young professionals at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Reviving the Dying Small-Town Church

Reviving the Dying Small-Town Church

Jeremy Sarver was a mama’s boy, so when he was 14 and his mother left his father—and didn’t take him with her—he was devastated.