The drawers are empty, the shelves are cleared off, and the lights are turned off in the pastor's office. Retirement is a big change not only for a pastor but also for his church. Where does the church go from ...more
For churches that are committed to taking care of their pastors but are on tight budgets, there is always a hidden concern: "What if our pastor gets sick or injured and can no longer work? How could we take care ...more
Money matters matter—even at church, because as church leaders we have a God-given responsibility on behalf of God’s people to direct the financial affairs of our churches with integrity and wisdom. Unfortunately, common misunderstandings regarding money can derail our efforts. ...more
The task of a pastoral search committee in a church isn’t what it used to be. It was never easy, but it seems to be especially demanding these days due to a diversity in ministry methodology and vision among pastors. ...more
Most church leaders are happy to see guests visit on Sunday. Sometimes they come as a result of a personal invitation. At other times, a community ministry contact or a website search prompts a visit. But the more important issue ...more
Here’s what I’ve discovered about leadership development: some of the best leaders I’ve worked with as a pastor had their start as workers. They didn’t suddenly jump into leadership but began with some area of simple service that helped them ...more
The local church, by God’s design, has the responsibility of fostering spiritual growth. All that we do in worship, fellowship, service, and Bible study ought to be means toward our end, that is, discipleship. In short: the church is to ...more
Church ministry is people ministry, and those of us who seek to sharpen our skills in this area will reap the rewards of greater support and unity among our people—and greater ministry effectiveness! I have a long way to go ...more
Articles included in this issue:
What Is the Association?
Our Missionary Policy
Future of Association Safeguarded
Who Controls the GARBC?
Some Observations on Baptist Individualism
List of fellowshipping churches in 1944
September 1944 (4.69 ...more
As tax-preparation season arrives, people often have questions about the cutoff date for church giving contributions that can be counted for charitable deductions. The quick answer is that all contributions must be received on or before Dec. 31, 2011 (by ...more
Memorial Day, a great time to reach out to your community and honor local heroes, is May 30. Here are great resources for planning a special patriotic service or event.
1. Tract: “A Soldier’s Journey of Faith,” The story of Major ...more
Veterans’ Day , a great time to reach out to your community and honor local heroes, is November 11. Here are great resources for planning a special patriotic service or event.
1. Tract: “A Soldier’s Journey of Faith,” The story of ...more