ministry

Church, Ministry

System and Culture

All churches, especially those churches that have been around for any length of time, have a certain culture, that culture is often times tied deeply with the church’s traditions.
Years and years of letting the paid professional minister do much of the work in the church became the culture or the norm in most churches. Visit the sick? That’s what we hired him for. Teach the class? That’s what we hired him for. Teach the children? That’s what we hired her…

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Ministry

When a Wrench is Thrown in the Works

Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Proverbs 27:1 Sadly we have been reminded of this truth this week. You just don’t know what is going to happen today in your world, nation, town, family, personal life. Plans are good and it’s wise to plan but we have to remember that our plans must be flexible because our plans may not be happen because God may have different plans for us. I usually have…

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Waiting on God

1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62 “I wait” How many times do we rush? We get our great new ministry idea or something on our agenda and we push forward without “waiting”. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit yet sometimes it seems to be the one fruit I’m having a shortage of. 
The times I have…

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Student Ministry

Getting in the way of ministry

“What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” Jethro gave his son-in-law Moses some great advice.  Jethro arrives on the scene and find Moses sitting and listening to disputes among the people.  From morning till night he was a judge, a mediator, and not getting much done because he was only focused on that task. (Deut 18)  Moses was meant to be a leader,…

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Faith in Focus Speakers Bureau

I’m humbled and honored that Alex McFarland invited me to be one of the speakers for Faith in Focus.  I’m not a apologetic genius, I’m not a public figure, I’m not immersed in politics.  What I am is a guy who has been serving in the church for 25 years.  Both in the roles of Student Pastor and also as Ministry Teams Pastor.  In those years God has helped me grow in my knowledge of both student ministry and ministry…

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The “Catch All”. Learning to say “No”

Every home has a “catch all” place.  It may be a desk, table, top of a dresser, a drawer, a place where stuff gets dropped.  Some of those things have a place they should go but the person doing the placing is too lazy to take the extra moment to put the item in its proper place.  Some items we just aren’t sure where to put it so we put it in the “catch all” place.  If you don’t have…

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Before You Sign the Dotted Line (part B)

you can read part A HERE In my previous post I shared my experience of being hired at my first church.
If I had to do it all over again I would have done it differently.  If I were to be sitting across the table from a guy who is about to launch out in search of his first youth ministry position I would give him the following advice: 1.  Ask questions.  The church, search committee, pastor will ask you questions,…

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Leading with Confidence

Leadership can obviously be a challenge at times.  Sometimes leadership feels like a constant challenge.  I remember many years ago when I stepped into the role of Associate Pastor (Nice title to help the older folks fund the youth ministry position) I was thinking to myself, “Now what?”.  A huge challenge lay before me.  The last youth minister was gone and regardless of what the church members felt about him either way I was staring at stepping in and taking…

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Training

Great video to show to your youth ministry team even to show during youth worship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v0RhvZ3lvY&feature=player_embedded

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“My Ministry”

The phrase “my ministry” can be both good and bad depending on my attitude and understanding of ministry. Attitude is huge when it comes to serving in the church. Wait! There was the key word, “serving”. Jesus, God in the flesh, took on the form of a humble servant. Not a doormat but put the needs of others first. My attitude must be one of a servant. I do this ministry to serve others and to serve God. When my…

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