Honestly, being a pastor in this season has been thrilling. While at the same time, I have been amazed at how easy it has been to get caught up in all of the minutiae of mandates, hand sanitizers, and face masks. While all of that is extremely important, I want to refocus on a topic that I have not seen discussed very much. I want to take a moment to refocus on the calling of the pastor to share the Gospel.
After the initial freak out over the COVID19 Pandemic, it can be scary for a pastor to lead his people back to church. Because there are many opinions and so much information out there, the process of how to get back to church is not clear.
Last week I wrote a quick blog on the types of questions a pastor interviewing with a search committee should ask in order to dig deeper into the identity of the church. As I was writing that, I felt that there is a need for questions to be used by pastoral search committees. In my … Read more
Every once in a while I get a call from a fellow pastor friend who is nervous about going before a pastoral search committee. After receiving such a call recently, I kept thinking through the kind of questions I would encourage them to ask in order to learn more about the church. So here are thirty … Read more
As I stated in the first blog post of this series (located here), we recently took a church bus trip and visited the painted churches of Schulenburg, Texas. These small town, Texas churches are made up of Czech and German Catholic communities who have meeting for over one hundred years. As I was touring these church … Read more
Last week, First Baptist Church took a bus trip to the painted churches in Schulenburg, TX. This trip was an all day affair to visit churches that have been around over 100 years and have been maintained by the members of the church. I know that you are thinking, “What is so special about that?” Well, these … Read more
(Photo Credit BobRogers.me) Personal Reflection from the Reading I am a church member by Thom Rainer is written to address the unbiblical trends that run rampant in today’s churches. Equipped with engaging stories from his past experiences as a pastor and his times serving as president of Lifeway, Dr. Rainer confronts these issues head on with easy and practical … Read more