Links for your weekend reading:
After 8 1/2 years of church planting, I finally hit the wall. Or maybe it was the bottom. Whatever it was, I hit it hard. While I’ve hit that low place before as a pastor, I never expected it to happen in the context of a church and ministry that I love.
I sat on the sofa and said quietly to my wife, “I’m done.”
The work of church planting would be impossible—and pointless—without the empty tomb.
As long as fallen and finite people are at the helm, no method will be perfect.
We need profound change, and it starts less with our public figures than with ourselves.
When I was a seminary student, an older, seasoned pastor spoke in a chapel service and said, “Some of you are very gifted. You aspire to do great things in ministry one day. God have mercy on you.” Eighteen years later, I am beginning to understand what he meant by that.
here are some ways I’ve seen churches limit transfer growth into their congregation.
Believers must be challenged to endure, hold fast, retain their confidence, make a clear confession without wavering – to the very end, whether natural death, martyrdom, or the Second Coming. Such challenges are necessary today.