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Money Can’t Buy Church Renewal

Money Can’t Buy Church Renewal

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

What’s the cost of church renewal?

It depends on the type of cost, right? Fees for renewal programs range from hundreds to thousands of dollars; but there’s also the human cost of soul searching, prayer and repentance.

Which cost would you rather pay?

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When Greed Disguises As Ministry

When Greed Disguises As Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

I once suggested to a funeral director that his standard pay rate for conducting a funeral service be raised. His curt reply: ‘I thought you did this for ministry.’

Ouch

So when does greed leach into ministry? Where’s the line and how do we know it’s been crossed?

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Take My Sermon Challenge

Take My Sermon Challenge

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

Let’s have some fun with a sermon challenge! Here goes…

Could you or would you ever compose and preach this sermon: “Jesus Is the Key to Your Financial Success”?

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The Remedy For Your Envy

The Remedy For Your Envy

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“With that kind of money, anybody could have their dream job and not worry about failing. How sweet is that?”

This is a line I rehearse regularly whenever I hear about the careers and lifestyles of people I consider to be uber-wealthy. Wanna hear another one?

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A Compelling Case for Ministry

A Compelling Case for Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14

Trust me, you’ve already seen this movie a time or two: a pastor is asked to sit down to “hear what some people are saying” about the church’s current ministry.

The lines are so tired, you can parrot them as they’re spoken: “The sermons are weak. The flock isn’t being fed. There’s too much emphasis on the community. What about us?”

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An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

A simple reflection from somebody who knows a thing or two about quarantine.

Dear pastor,

I keep thinking of you. The afternoon doldrums take over my thoughts, and there you are. The reaches of the night find me restless, so I pray for you. I pray for your family. I pray for new mercies and for shalom.

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My Nerdy (Stewardship) Dream

My Nerdy (Stewardship) Dream

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

I have a nerdy dream to write, sing and produce a hit song about the heart of the matter when it comes to stewardship. Once it goes platinum, everyone will know what stewardship is really about. Sing it with me!

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