Finding God’s Calling

As I seek God’s direction for my future ministry I have been reflecting on something that I have often taught in the past, namely how to find God’s calling.  In order to discover God’s calling it is helpful to distinguish a number of different aspects of calling.

The Call… Continue reading

Artifacts of a Ministry

Last Sunday afternoon I spent some time cleaning out my office at church.  The most time consuming part of that was going though my files to decide what to keep, what to toss and what to pass on to the next pastor.  Sorting through the files brought back… Continue reading

The Search for Small Group Bible Study Material

Where do you turn for good material for small group Bible studies?  I confess that I have often been frustrated when looking for good Bible study material.  Many studies are organized by topic and often take verses out of context, with the result that the main point is… Continue reading

The King’s Friend

In today’s reading in my church Bible reading program there is a curious phrase:  “Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan was priest and king’s friend” (1 Ki 4:5, ESV).  There is nothing unusual about the king having friends, but… Continue reading

Pastoral Feedback Form and Procedure

Does your church have a formal process by which the pastors can receive feedback about their ministry? The board at my church has asked that the pastors go through a “pastoral feedback” process at the time of our contract renewal.  Based on our discussion in the board meeting and… Continue reading

The Resource Pyramid

This entry is part 10 of 25 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

I’d like to start this week by sharing the concept of The Resource Pyramid. This simple concept helps us to understand what we need to do to develop a ministry to the next level. I originally shared this concept in a message in a joint worship service in June 2006. You can listen to the message and view the notes on the church web site. Continue reading

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