Moving Forward: Consultation Services Assist

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

Equipping Church Plants

Pointing individuals and churches in the direction of quality resources that can help them become stronger church ...more

Free Webinar: "The Question Churches Rarely Ask"

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

Regular Baptist Web Community Discusses Ladies' Ministry How-tos

An interactive series is for women to share ideas and challenges of ladies’ ...more

8 Money Myths That Can Negatively Impact Your Ministry

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 Top 6 Areas of Pastoral Search Evaluation

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

12 Turnoffs for Newcomers

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

How to Turn Workers into Leaders

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

5 Things New Believers Need for Growth

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

Top 10 People Skills for Church Leaders

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

Baptist Bulletin September 1944

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

12 Practical Ideas for Revitalizing the Sunday School

Although Sunday School ministry has been declining in recent decades, I’m not ready to give up on it. I still think the Sunday School is the church’s best ministry for systematically communicating Biblical content and doctrine to people at every ...more

Replenishing Pastors

8 things deacons can do to help their pastors stay balanced, healthy, and effective Never have the demands been greater or the pressures more stressful than for pastors today. Higher expectations, louder critics, and deeper personal problems in the lives of ...more

Starting Points for Revitalizing Worship

12 Suggestions . . . First, a disclaimer: I’m not an expert on worship. I’ve had no significant training in music or the arts (although I did have piano lessons as a kid---does this count?). But I have overseen corporate worship ...more

Inside-Out Leadership

Successful church leadership is rooted in spiritual commitment. People who are walking with God, growing in their faith, demonstrating godly character, and seeking God’s guidance make the best leaders! Our churches need leaders who serve, not out of a spiritual ...more

Year-end Contributions

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

7 Leadership Priorities for Churches in Pastoral Transition

Among my responsibilities as associate national representative of the GARBC is working with churches that are in pastoral transition. Much of that work focuses on helping pulpit committees establish a careful search process for calling their next pastor, but it ...more

10 Ways to Promote Outreach Events

Sometimes our church outreach events are our community’s best kept secret. We do a great job planning them—safety clinics, classic car shows, sportsmen’s dinners, sports tourneys, dinner theaters, Christmas pageants—but, often, only a few people outside the church family know ...more

Finding and Keeping Volunteers

8 Common Mistakes Church Leaders Make Where would we be without those faithful workers who regularly give of their time to serve in our churches? I think we all know the answer—in a world of hurt! Dedicated workers are the backbone ...more

Working with Your Church Constitution

4 Suggestions I’ve never heard of a church that didn’t have a constitution, but I have heard of church leaders who wish they didn’t have one! Outdated wording, obscure explanations, and seemingly irrelevant guidelines often characterize the constitutional documents that leaders ...more