[dropcap]When[/dropcap] I first got started in ministry many years ago, I worked with a few people who were perfectionists. I thought I was supposed to be that way too. I wanted everything in the church to be 100% flawless, the music, the video, the sermons, the coffee! I wanted the church to be as good […]
[dropcap]If [/dropcap]you’re a pastor, then you should be writing. Ok, wait! Before you start with a list of excuses just hear me out (besides, I know all the excuses because I regularly used them to avoid my responsibility as a writer). Truthfully, I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with writing since 2003. It’s something
[dropcap]They[/dropcap] say, “all good things must come to an end.” Often, that is true when it comes to the relationship you have with your church family. Leaving is never easy but in some cases it is necessary. In a previous post, I suggested that there were some very terrible reasons for leaving a church. But,
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have been a pastor for almost 15 years. In that time I’ve seen my share of people leave our church. Sometimes they go nicely, and for good reason. Other times they leave in a hail storm of controversy and bitterness. Believe it or not, sometimes leaving a church is the right thing to do.
This is a guest post by fellow Tribe Writer, Alicia T. Rust. Alicia is a writer and an educator and she writes to shine light on the day-to-day struggles of mental health battles. You can read her work at lifesodaily.com. Be sure to sign up for her email list for updates. [dropcap]Wedding day[/dropcap]…baptism…hospitalization…death in the family…emotional
You’ve probably seen some of the mega-churches broadcasting their worship services and wished you could do the same. For years, I wondered if we would ever be able to afford the technology ourselves. As a church of 200 or so, it didn’t seem possible until we stumbled onto Mevo, an out of the box option
[dropcap]I’m[/dropcap] a notorious loser. But not in the way you are thinking. See, I lose things. I lose my keys and my phone just about every day. I can never find my computer power cord. I couldn’t tell you the last time I owned a pair of sunglasses for more than a week or two.
Today’s Toolbox Tuesday brings me to one of my favorite ministry tools of all time: Slack. It’s a powerful too to help you communicate. The application allows you to create a private “intranet,” complete with discussion “channels.” Example: Let’s say that I need to share some information about an upcoming Sunday programming change. I can
[dropcap]This[/dropcap] is going to sound unbelievable but I assure you it’s 100% true. When I was about 10 years old my family attended a little Baptist church in Detroit. It was a while ago but I’m guessing that there were about 100 members. Like any little church, the dreaded “summer slump” arrived every June, July,
[dropcap]As [/dropcap]a professional ministry leader for the past 25 years, I have made many, many mistakes. Some of them I have learned from and some I am still learning to overcome. Here are three early challenges that I faced in ministry. Perhaps, you can relate: Mistake 1: A Congregational Constituency? The church is not a