I was preaching a few Sundays ago in a church with two services. One was very lively. “AMEN!” and “Praise God!” were called out during the sermon. During the worship, people had raised hands, and loud voices of praise were heard. In the invitation time, the altar was full. The other service was the opposite. … Read more
It’s that time of year again when pastors look to the next year and begin praying about how to serve their congregations with the Word of God. When I put a preaching calendar together, I always took two approaches. The first approach was to hear from the Lord. As I was planning, I would enter … Read more
It’s that time of year again. No, I am not talking about the PSL season. I am referring to that glorious time of year when all of our number-crunching souls get excited, whip out our excel spreadsheets, and passionately examine the church’s budget for the glory of God. As I have surveyed churches across the … Read more
Have you ever wondered what draws people to a church, causes them to join the church, and keeps them in a church?