However gifted you might be at talking to teenagers or working on the website, your presence at corporate worship is a far more essential and significant way to serve the flock
When needs are met, thanksgiving abounds, obedience is manifested, the church is built up, and God is glorified!
On this next Lord’s Day, I hope you will sing from the bottom of your heart with gratitude to the Lord as an act of worship.
Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.
Hospitality is not the responsibility of extroverts but of every church member.
You don’t need to be a disciple-making guru. You just need to be available. You don’t need to be a theologian. You just need to be a means of grace to other disciples.
If you want the church to feel like a family, commit to formal church membership.
“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.
How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?
As a pastor, how many times have you heard a member tell you, “I’m so sorry we missed last Sunday—we just couldn’t make it with everything we have going on!”?
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.
We asked pastors how they’d been serving their people since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry.
This article is written to pastors who serve in an international setting. If that’s you, I have but one piece of counsel: you must make sure your church members are Christians, not simply immigrants or expats.