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There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son.

The auctioneer pounded his gavel. Who will bid for this picture? There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted. Skip this one. But the auctioneer persisted. Who will start the bidding? Another voice shouted angrily. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts.

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Get on with the real bids! But still the auctioneer continued. The son! Who'll take the son? Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. Let's see the masters. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. A man sitting on the second row shouted. The auctioneer laid down his gavel. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything! God gave His son 2, years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is, "The son, the son, who'll take the son?

The Chevy Nova was a relatively successful American car for many years. Encouraged by U. Unfortunately, the Nova did not sell well in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Additional ads were ordered, marketing efforts were stepped up, but sales remained stagnant. Sales directors were baffled. The car had sold well in the American market; why wasn't it selling now?

When they discovered the answer, it was rather embarrassing: In Spanish, Nova means "no go. The business world is full of such stories. For example, when Perdue Farms, Inc. The translation was "It takes a virile man to make a chicken affectionate. An Alberta man left the snow-filled streets of Calgary for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick E-mail message.

Unable to find the scrap of paper on which he had written her E-mail address, he did his best to type it from memory. Unfortunately, he missed one letter in the E-mail address and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife, whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her E-mail, she took one look at the computer monitor and let out a scream; and fell to the floor in a dead faint. At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen: Dearest Wife, Just got checked in.

Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Sure is hot down here! And if a person has not found something to die for, that person isn't fit to live! Martin Luther King, Jr. There's an old story about a fisherman who was very successful. Every morning he went out on the lake in a small boat and when he returned a couple of hours later, his boat was loaded down with fish.

He never failed.


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People wondered how he did it, even when others were not catching anything at all. He always came in with his boat just overflowing with fish. One morning a stranger showed up with his fishing tackle and said, "Mind if I go fishing with you this morning? The old fisherman stopped the boat and cut off the motor. He reached over in his tackle box and took out a red stick of dynamite. He lit the fuse and held it for a moment as the fuse burned down. Then at the last moment he tossed it in the water and there was a tremendous explosion. Fish were everywhere on the water.

He picked up his net and began scooping up the fish. After watching this for a moment the stranger reached in his pocket and pulled out his wallet. Opening it up, he showed a badge and said, "I'm a game warden and you are under arrest. He lit it and held it as the fuse burned down. Then, he tossed it to the game warden and said, "Now, are you going to just sit there or are you going to fish?

Rabbi Feldman who was having trouble with his congregation; they couldn't agree on anything. The president of the congregation said, "Rabbi, this can't continue. There has to be a conference, and we have to settle all areas of dispute once and for all. At the appointed time the rabbi, the president, and ten elders met around a magnificent mahogany table in the conference room of the synagogue. One by one the issues were dealt with and on each issue, it became more and more apparent that the rabbi was a lonely voice in the wilderness. The president of the synagogue said, "Come, Rabbi, enough of this.

Let's vote and allow the majority to rule.

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The votes were collected and the president said, "You may examine them, Rabbi. It is eleven to one against you. We have the majority. Offended, the rabbi rose to his feet and said, "So, now you think because of the vote that you're right and I'm wrong. Well, that's not so. I stand here," and he raised his arms impressively while looking heavenward, "and call upon the Holy One of Israel to give us a sign that I'm right and you're wrong.

No sooner were the words out of his mouth when there was a deafening clap of thunder and a brilliant flash of lightning that struck the mahogany table and cracked it in two.

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The room was filled with smoke and fumes, and the president and the elders were hurled to the floor. Surrounded by rubble the rabbi stood erect and untouched, his eyes and smile flashing with triumph. Slowly, the president lifted himself out of the rubble. His hair was singed, his glasses were hanging from one ear, his clothing was in disarray. Finally he said, "All right, eleven to two.

But we still have the majority. It is unexpected, but extraordinarily convincing, that the one absolutely unequivocal statement in the whole gospel of the Divinity of Jesus should come from Doubting Thomas. It is the only place where the word God is used There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam Some of us stay at the cross, some of us wait at the tomb, Quickened and raised with Christ yet lingering still in the gloom.

Some of us abide at the Passover feast with Pentecost all unknown, The triumphs of grace in the heavenly place that our Lord has made His own. If the Christ who died had stopped at the cross, His work had been incomplete. If the Christ who was buried had stayed in the tomb, He had only known defeat,. But the way of the cross never stops at the cross and the way of the tomb leads on To victorious grace in the heavenly place where the risen Lord has gone.

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger; Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right; Faith and Hope triumphant say, Christ will rise on Easter Day. Phillips Brooks. Several hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a crucial battle occurred between the Greeks and the Persians upon the plains of Marathon.

The battle raged for hours. In many respects it was a fight to the finish. Finally the numerically inferior Greeks, the underdogs, managed a tremendous tactical win, but there was a problem. Soon the Senate, many miles away in Athens, was to vote and would most certainly ratify a treaty of appeasement. In desperation they sent a runner in full battle gear to go the twenty-seven miles to tell of the news. By the time the young boy got to Athens he had run a Marathon.

It is said he was totally spent, that he literally ran himself to death. In his exhaustion he was able to utter only one word to the Athenians: "Victory. We have been to the empty tomb. We have heard the glad news of resurrection. And now it is time for the church to send a message back to the world. What should that message be? May I suggest that it could be a single word: Victory. One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof.

The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, "Jump! I'll catch you. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: "Jump! I will catch you. God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity. There is a story about a pastor who was building a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine.

As he pounded away, he saw that a little boy was watching him. The youngster didn't say a word, so the pastor kept on working, thinking the lad would just leave. But he didn't. Finally the pastor asked, "Well, son, are you trying to pick up some pointers on gardening? In his classic novel, "The Robe," Lloyd C. Douglas has a character called Marcellus, who had become enamored of Jesus. He told her about Jesus' teachings, about his miracles, then about his crucifixion, and then about his resurrection.

Finally he informed her that he had decided to become a disciple of Jesus. In her letter of response, Diana said, "What I feared was that it might affect you. It is a beautiful story. Let it remain so. We don't have to do anything about it, do we? A minister was full of energy and enthusiasm for the Lord. One day he went to the hospital to visit one of his parishioners who was critically ill.

The minister entered the room and saw the man lying in bed with a whole host of tubes and wires attached to his body. Without any delay the minister strode to his bedside and began to exhort him to be of good cheer. Soon the man started to wave his arms. This encouraged the minister, and so he exhorted him more and more enthusiastically. Finally the minister ended with a rather lengthy prayer.

At the final "Amen" the minister opened his eyes just in time to see the man reach for a pad of paper and a pencil. Quickly he wrote something and handed it to the minister. Then the man turned his head and died. The minister was deeply moved to think that his visit to this man had occurred in the nick of time. Then he looked at the pad and read these words: "You are standing on my oxygen tube. Sometimes it is easy to misread people's actions. Not all arm-waving is an expression of exuberance. Not all laughter is the laughter of happiness. Not all tears are tears of sorrow.

Not all shouting is the shouting of triumph and victory. And not everyone who says, "Lord! The story is told of a Kansan who owned a general store. He was a well-intending man who made a habit of offering a verse of Scripture whenever anyone purchased something from him. The group of people who sat around the store in this rural area enjoyed the exchanges, because some of the purchases challenged the imagination. One winter day a Texan stopped in, wanting to buy a blanket for his horse.

The locals knew that the store stocked two types of blankets. He showed him the first. I need something warmer for my horse. Don't you understand? This is for my horse, and nothing's too good for my horse. Now show me your most expensive blanket! Colorfast, percent wool, with a very tight weave. Now you are talking. I'll take it. As the shopkeeper opened the cash drawer and carefully counted the money, he said, "Matthew , He was a stranger and I took him in.

Cecil B. DeMille did not want to take any chances with his opulent epic "King of Kings" His two stars, H. Warner, cast as Jesus Christ, and Dorothy Cummings as Mary, were required to sign agreements prohibiting them from appearing in film roles that might compromise their "holy" screen images for a 5-year period. DeMille also ordered them not to be seen doing any "un-biblical" activities during the film's shooting. These activities included attending ball games, playing cards, frequenting night clubs, swimming, and riding in convertibles. This is a true story of a man called Larry Walters.

At 33 years of age, Larry decided he wanted to see his neighbourhood from a different perspective. So he went to the Army Navy surplus store and purchased 45 weather balloons. That afternoon he strapped himself into a lawn chair to which several of his friends tied the now helium filled balloons. He took along a six-pack, a peanut butter sandwich, and a BB gun - figuring he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land. Larry thought the balloons would lift him about a hundred of so feet into the air, but when he was cut loose - the chair soared 10, feet into the sky - smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern for the Los Angeles Airport.

He was too frightened to shoot any of the balloons and stayed in the air for more than 2 hours, forcing the airport to shut down it's run ways - causing long delays in flights. After he was safely back on the ground, and cited by the police - reporters asked him three questions. For three hours boys and girls, men and women, performed every antic and told every joke they knew. But Bill Fuqua, the Motionless Man, stood perfectly still. Fuqua is the Guinness Book of World Records champion at doing nothing.

In fact, he appears so motionless during his routines at shopping malls and amusement parks that he is sometimes mistaken for a mannequin. In his book, The Preaching Event, John Claypool tells a poignant story about identical twin brothers who never married because they enjoyed each other's company so much. When their father died, they took over his store and ran it together in a joyful collaboration. But one day a man came in to make a small purchase and paid for it with a dollar. The brother who made the sale placed the dollar on top of the cash register When he returned, the dollar bill was gone.

He said to his twin brother, "Did you take the dollar bill I left here? They put a partition right down the middle of the building and made it into two stores. In anger, they refused to speak for the next 20 years. One day a stranger pulled up in a car and entered one of the two stores. Some 20 years ago, I passed through this town. I was out of work and homeless. I jumped off a boxcar. I had no money and I had not eaten for days. I came down that alley outside and when I looked into your store window, I saw a dollar bill on the cash register.

I slipped in and took it. Recently I became a Christian. I was converted and accepted Christ as my personal Savior. I know now it was wrong of me to steal that dollar bill Would you please come next door and tell that story to my brother? Twenty years of hurt and broken relationship based not on fact, but on mistrust and misunderstanding. But then healing came; reconciliation came, because of that stranger's love for Christ. Someone once asked Wayne Gretsky, the great hockey player, how he managed to become the best goal-scorer in the history of the game.

He simply replied, "While everyone else is chasing the puck, I go where the puck is going to be. A few years ago, rumours spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The archbishop decided to check her out. Please call me if anything happens. Within the hour the archbishop arrived. She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes. The demand for absolute liberty brings men to the depths of slavery. In the movie, The Mission, one of the leading characters is converted from being a slave-trader of Brazilian Indians to be a Jesuit priest.

But he insists on doing penance, dragging a heavy bundle through the jungle back to the Indians he used to enslave. Once back, in a dramatic, cliff-side scene, where the bundle threatened to make him fall, the Indians cut away the bundle. The people he had formerly enslaved forgave him and set him free. We have the power to do that for each other. A teen-age boy told his parents he was going to run away from home. There is nothing you can do to stop me. I want excitement, adventure, beautiful women, money, and fun.

I'll never find it here, so I'm leaving. Just don't try to stop me! Don't try to stop me. I'm going! I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character; I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made law, the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together When we let freedom ring when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of Gods children, black men and white men.

Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last.!.! Thank God almighty we are free at last. Noah - former pastorate of years with no converts, problem with the bottle, and a wayward son morals problem. Abraham - Scandal ridden, offered wife to another man, child abuse. Moses - poor communicator, stutters, unanswered murder charge. David - affair with neighbor's wife, hired a hit man to kill husband.

Solomon - husband of more than one wife, in fact parsonage too small. Elijah - prone to depression and nervous break downs. Elisha - reported to have live with a single widow at former church. Hosea - our congregation could not handle his wife's occupation. Jeremiah - emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, lamenter, reported to have buried underwear on a foreign river bank, claims to have a set of recreated originals. Isaiah - language problems, on the fringe, claims to see angels.

Jonah - refuses to preach to the lost unless forced to by God. Amos - backward and unpolished, does not like the rich. John - does not dress like a Baptist, weird diet, provokes higher powers. Peter - bad temper, curses, hypocrite in racial matters, loose cannon. Jesus - dwindled church of 5, down to 12 or , offends folks. Judas - His references are solid. Good connections. Knows how to handle money, has compassion for poor. He is preaching for us Sunday. Possibilities here. In May , an eighteen-year-old boy went to the deacons of the church in Boston.

He had been raised in a Unitarian church, in almost total ignorance of the gospel, but when he had moved to Boston to make his fortune, he began to attend a Bible-preaching church. Then, in April of , his Sunday school teacher had come into the store where he was working and simply and persuasively shared the Gospel and urged the young man to trust in the Lord Jesus. He did, and now he was applying to join the church. One fact quickly became obvious. This young man was almost totally ignorant of biblical truth.

One of the deacons asked him, "Son, what has Christ done for us all--for youwhich entitles him to our love? I think Christ has done a great deal for us, but I don't think of anything in particular that I know of. Years later his Sunday school teacher said of him: "I can truly say that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday school class.

I think the committee of the church seldom met an applicant for membership who seemed more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of gospel truth, still less to fill any space of public or extended usefulness. The deacons decided to put him on a year-long instruction program to teach him basic Christian truths. Perhaps they wanted to work on some of his other rough spots as well.

Not only was he ignorant of spiritual truths, he was only barely literate, and his spoken grammar was atrocious. The year-long probation did not help very much. At his second interview, there was only a minimal improvement in the quality of his answers, but since it was obvious that he was a sincere and committed if ignorant Christian, they accepted him as a church member.

Over the next years, many people looked at that young man and were convinced that God would never use a person like that. And in doing so they wrote off Dwight L. But God did not. By God's infinite grace and persevering love, Moody was transformed into one of the most effective servants of God in church history, a man whose impact is still with us today. Instead, "In everything give thanks. Instead, use that time in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion.

Instead concentrate on their best points. We all have faults. It is a lot easier to have people overlook our shortcomings when we overlook theirs first. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding. It costs so little to say something kind and uplifting. Why not check that sharp tongue at the door? Instead, learn the discipline of love.

Instead, trust God with them. Anxiety is spending emotional energy on something we can do nothing about: like tomorrow! Live today and let God's grace be sufficient. Instead, visit some lonely or sick person. There are those who are isolated by illness or age. Why isolate yourself in front of the "tube? Instead, give the money to God. The money you would spend on the luxuries could help someone meet basic needs. We are called to be stewards of God's riches, not consumers. Instead, learn to give up yourself to God. There is only one who has the right to judge, Jesus Christ. A couple, visiting in Korea, saw a father and his son working in a rice paddy.

The old man guided the heavy plough as the boy pulled it. When the church was built, they were eager to give something to it, but they had no money. So they sold their ox and gave the money to the church. This spring they are pulling the plough themselves. They are just thankful they had an ox to sell. Chamberlain Jr. Apparently he loved nothing and had no other object than to hoard every bit of money he got hold of; for what purpose, none knew. He was hated and he was hooted whenever he appeared on the streets. When he died, he was so despised that only a single person attended his funeral.

Then his will was read, and these were its strange terms:From my infancy I noticed that the poor people of Marseilles had great difficulty in getting water. I noticed that water, the gift of God, was very dear and difficult to obtain. And when they could get that water, it was not as pure and clean as God intended it to be.

Therefore, I vowed before God that I would live but for one purpose, for one end. I would save money, money, money; that I might give it to the city on one condition: that an aqueduct be built to bring fresh, pure water from yonder lake in the hills to Marseilles. That I now make possible by leaving all my hoarded wealth to this city. This is my last will and testament. That aqueduct is one of the historic sights which guides and natives point out to visitors above all other things. Travelers in Marseilles today hear the poor people say as they drink the pure, sweet water from the lake in the hills, "Ah, when the miser died, we misunderstood him, but he did it all for us!

We called him the miser of Marseilles, but he was more than that; he was the savior of Marseilles. A monk found a precious stone, a precious jewel. A short time later, the monk met a traveller, who said he was hungry and asked the monk if he would share some of his provisions. When the monk opened his bag, the traveller saw the precious stone and, on an impulse, asked the monk if he could have it. Amazingly, the monk gave the traveller the stone. The traveller departed quickly, overjoyed with his new possession. However, a few days later, he came back, searching for the monk.

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He returned the stone to the monk and made a request: "Please give me something more valuable, more precious than this stone. Please give me that which enabled you to give me this precious stone! Samuel Colgate, the founder of the Colgate business empire, was a devout Christian, and he told of an incident that took place in the church he attended. During an evangelistic service, an invitation was given at the close of the sermon for all those who wished to turn their lives over to Christ and be forgiven.

One of the first persons to walk down the aisle and kneel at the altar was a well-known prostitute. She knelt in very real repentance, she wept, she asked God to forgive her, and meanwhile the rest of the congregation looked on approvingly at what she was doing. Then she stood and testified that she believed God had forgiven her for her past life, and she now wanted to become a member of the church. For a few moments, the silence was deafening.

Finally, Samuel Colgate arose and said, "I guess we blundered when we prayed that the Lord would save sinners. We forgot to specify what kind of sinners. We'd better ask him to forgive us for this oversight. The Holy Spirit has touched this woman and made her truly repentant, but the Lord apparently doesn't understand that she's not the type we want him to rescue.

We'd better spell it out for him just which sinners we had in mind. He says:. What can you do with a missionary who has no voice? We had come to the last night of the [evangelistic campaign]. The students had booked the big university hall. A group of students gathered around me, and I asked them to pray as Paul did, that this thorn in the flesh might be taken from me.

Takes readers beyond the initial steps of theological analysis, contextual explorations, and biblical exegesis to help the preacher discover the core of the message to be preached - the sermonic "claim. Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching: the development and delivery of expository messages. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, and A classic.

Robinson, Haddon W. It's all in how you tell it : preaching first-person expository messages. Tools and insights necessary to move from ineffective habits into dramatic sermon delivery. Shows how to preach by retelling a scriptural account from the vantage. Taylor, Barbara Brown.

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The Preaching Life. Cambridge, Mass. Not a how-to book. Instead, Taylor reflects on some of the general qualities required for good preaching. Waller, J. How to prepare and preach a sermon. Cambridge : Grove Books, A Grove pamphlet that offers a simple framework together with reflections on the many different facets of preaching. Will be of use to beginners as well as those with experience. Wilson, Paul Scott. Broken words: reflections on the craft of preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, From the vantage point of the dynamic of divine grace and human action, addresses the biblical and theological content of the sermon from different vantage points.

Biblical Commentaries : For a list of suggested commentaries, please consult the lists available in the Graham Library. Bayer, Charles H. Homiletic Meditations. Cycle C 3 volumes. Brokhoff, John R. Lima, Ohio: C. Publishing Co. Preaching the New Common Lectionary: [ This series includes commentaries tor years A, B, and C, by liturgical season. Gibson, Paul. Briefly Stated: Short Sermons for [ Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, For Years A, B and C.

Lowry, Eugene. These aids are published by liturgical season example Pentecost 1,2,3 and church year series A,B,C. The titles of the books usually go by season. O'Driscoll, Herbert. Child of Peace, Lord of Life: Year [ Years A, B and C. Smith, Herbert. Sunday Homilies. For Cycles A, B, and C. Soards, Marion L. Tovey, Phillip. Preaching a sermon with common worship. Looks at the benefits of preaching though the lectionary, its importance for previous generations of preachers, and how we might go about it by using material already available, or by creatively adapting the lectionary ourselves.

Browne, Benjamin P. Nashville, Tenn. Chapell, Bryan. Using Illustrations to Preach with Power. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, Deffner, Donald L. Deems, Edward, ed. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, Foster, Eldon. New Cyclopaedia of Prose Illustrations, v. Stauderman, Al. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publications House, Sumwalt, John E.

Lectionary Stories. Cycle [ Publishing, Cycles A, B and C. Lectionary tales for the Pulpit: 62 Stories for Cycle B. To improve your preaching skills, listen to, watch, or read the sermons of the preaching greats. Many of the TST libraries have tapes of sermons by visiting and local preachers; Emmanuel College has perhaps the best collection of tapes and videos of well-known preachers. The following is a sampling of books, tapes and videos that can help you hone your preaching skills.

Recorded Sermons of Fred B. Craddock [sound recording]. Atlanta: CST Media, Great Preachers. Series 1. Grand Rapids, MI: W. Eerdmans, If you are only going to buy one collection of sermons, make sure it is this one. In this book, you will find modeled every possible type of sermon. The editors have written brief, helpful comments on each sermon. Most of the sermons are "Anglican" in length.

This day is just as important to writing a sermon as the day we began. Trust God with the work that has already been done, understanding that he'll do far more than we can do. This is a step that will likely feel awkward the first few times you do it, but it can make all the difference in preaching a compelling, memorable sermon or preaching a dud. As I mentioned above, there are a variety of ways you can write a sermon and write a sermon outline. How do you write a sermon? What steps work the best for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Justin Trapp. Justin is the co-founder of Sermonary. While it may be unavoidable all together, there are ways your church can break out of the summer giving slump. Your church will fail. Use this line-by-line model to safeguard your church's long-term financial wellbeing. No one models generous leadership better than Boaz, the spiritual leader who became Ruth's husband.

Creating a worship set every week is hard. Selecting the right songs can feel like a painstaking experience. Here's 6 must-ask questions to help you get ready. Pastor, feel overwhelmed by the number of apps and services online? Not sure what to use? Check out these list of 15 must-use apps and toos. Looking for Thanksgiving sermon inspiriation? Check out these 6 sermons. They just might make you From his book "Garden City," John Comer shares how our view of eternity transforms the way we work today.

From the "Life-Giving Leader," Tyler Reagin talks about counterfeit wins, and how your church or organization need to uncloak them to create a healthy culture. Looking for a new pastor? Find out more from your pastoral candidates by hearing their response to these top questions. Jason Young and Jonathan Malm, authors of "The Come Back Effect," share the one thing that will alter your church's culture for better or worse.

Peter Greer and Chris Horst share 6 ways you can become a collaborative leader from their book "Rooting for Rivals. Church technology provides four unparalleled opportunities in history for your church to reach people with the gospel and disciple your congregation. Nils Smith has had the opportunity to manage many church websites. Here are a few Church Website Myths he's heard about over the years.

Discover the five simple daily practices John Maxwell follows to become a better servant leader. Do you feel alone in your ministry? As a pastoral candidate, these six questions will provide information you need in your interview to make the best decision. Gleaning wisdom is essential to exercise patience, trust the Lord, and, select the right position. Set your goals and guide your church leaders to inspire and equip. Setting the right goals provides vison, inspiration, and direction.

Not only should you expect visitors, but, most importantly, you will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To help alleviate your stress, here are six things you need to do to get ready. These four principals may help you focus your church spiritually. The Church was created by God to help people live out their Christian lives. Discipleship, training, equiping, community and much more come from being in the Church.

Leading your church through a cultural shift is a long-term process. Here are four ideas to help your leadership work well as you embark on this change. Recruiting volunteers is difficult. Encouraging volunteers in their work is even more challenging. Discouragement is no respecter of persons. It is a common adversary to every man, woman, and child 1 Cor.


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  • But discouragement often finds a welcome home in the life of a pastor. As a church leader, this pivot in the way you treat fundraising and giving will completely alter your approach. Here are four Christ-centered principles that you can use to lead people to be generous givers. Your pastor may give you the impression that they do not need breaks. But pastors are human. Here are 4 practical ways you can help yours get some rest! Has your church experienced an increased in giving? Millennials are the largest living generation in the US.

    Before too long, these changes will be the norm. To help you think how to respond during these times, here four questions you will need to ask. Talking about money is never easy. It hits close to home for most people. Memorial Day is less than a week away. This national holiday marks the end of school and the start of summer. Do you keep track of the giving in your church? Do you know where the money your church spends is going?