When you’re a pastor

When you’re a pastor, someone is there to say something discouraging to you. And about you. Someone is there to question everything you say and do. Yes, everything. Someone will have their more-than-fair share of critiques of you. And opinions When you’re a pastor, some people give you credit that only belongs to God. Some lie to you. Some people will fake you out and use you for what they want. Some bail on you……

How to handle complaints

Complaints. I’ve had a few. Leaders will get the complaints of the people they lead.  It’s only a matter of time.  In ministry they can sneak into a committee meeting, Bible study or, my favorite, right before a worship service.  Phone calls, emails, anonymous letters and even social media messages can come from anyone at anytime. You’d do well by deciding beforehand how you will handle complaints. I’ve learned to filter them.  Some complaints represent…..

Remember the Teaching

I didn’t get to record last weekend’s sermon.  So, I grabbed a video from our church’s Facebook group.  We do a live feed to our group every week.  It’s been a great way for us to connect our congregation. Here’s a video of our sermon last week. What part of the Bible has inspired you lately? Stay blessed…john

Bread for this

Several years ago, I heard about a preacher that prepared for his sermon in a unique way.  One Sunday he was to preach on the Bread of Life text (John 6).  He thought of a powerful way to help the sermon stick with his congregation.  He had prepared for several church members to bring their bread machines to church earlier in the morning.  Forgive me for not knowing how long bread takes to bake, but…..

If The Ellen Show was church

Do me a favor. Watch this video from The Ellen Show. As you do, pretend Ellen is the preacher, the audience is the congregation, the set is a church, the show is Sunday morning worship and the guy is your first-time guest. Is there anything we can learn? And please realize, more and more, “church” is something that more and more people haven’t “done.” Stay blessed…john