The Thriving Rural Church

October 3, 2017 ...

Our culture is dominated by urban growth, cosmopolitan thinking and global concerns. But the needs and opportunities of rural places are significant as well. And church leaders willing to embrace the challenge discover the potential of rural ministry for unique kingdom impact. Contextual Contrasts Rural culture is historically very different from urban and suburban culture. …

Matching Up Pastors and Churches

November 15, 2016 ...

https://media.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/p/content.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/TodaysConversation-e14-111516-Lauer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:59 — 31.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS In this podcast, you’ll learn: Guiding principles for sifting through candidates; How to avoid common mistakes made in the pastor search process; Whether to consider pastors who have been fired from a church; and What search …

No Recommended Retirement Age for Pastors

October 31, 2016 ...

“Age is not necessarily good predictor of effectiveness,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There are 75 year olds who have active and growing ministries, and 40 year olds whose ministries are struggling and lacking fruit.” George Wood, general superintendent of Assemblies of God, said, “My most productive years have …

Being a Pastor’s Wife

August 15, 2016 ...

https://media.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/p/content.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/TodaysConversation-e12-081516-Warren.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:56 — 34.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS In this podcast, you’ll hear Kay share: How to manage spoken and unspoken expectations of the pastor’s wife; What pastors’ spouses can do to set boundaries; Her experience being vulnerable and grieving publicly; and Advice for …

Volunteers Recruit Volunteers

March 14, 2016 ...

The questions went on and on until eventually they caught on to the answer I was trying to communicate to them: volunteers recruit volunteers. Some of them looked puzzled. Some were surprised. Others looked relieved. It made perfect sense, once they understood. Looking for good volunteers? Start with your current volunteers. Five people recruiting is …

Curbs on a Road

March 10, 2016 ...

Randall Bach, president of Open Bible Churches, called ethical standards “curbs on a road, keeping fellow travelers on course.” He said, “The most effective form of formal and relational accountability is that which is mutual. Just as pastors are accountable to congregations, congregations are accountable for protectively caring for their pastors and for conducting themselves …

The Volunteer Church

August 3, 2015 ...

However, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating. They know that volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ. They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for …

Christian Leaders and Family Life

January 1, 1988 ...

Studies done since 1984 by the NAE Task Force on the Family indicate that this situation has not improved but worsened. It is clear that Christian families are being touched by the same destructive forces as families outside the church. This is a condition that calls for action by the Christian community. Family life must …