Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- The Top Ten Sources of Discouragement for Pastors
- 5 Simple Ways to Improve as a Church Leader – Rainer on Leadership #366
- The Four Most Common Acts of Stupidity That Get Pastors Fired
- Introducing Revitalize & Replant with Thom Rainer
- 10 Critical Pieces of Pastoral Advice – Rainer on Leadership #367
Our family has the privilege to be on this church planting journey now for eight years. The number one question I get asked is “How did you know you were called to start a church?” The second most asked question is “How did you decide where to plant a church?”
It’s frightening to think how unprepared we were for marriage. I don’t blame our counselor. I’m not sure he had premarital counseling either. But as I reflect back on the last 35 years, there have been a few surprises it would have been helpful to know about. Here are six surprises I believe every pastor or premarital counselor should cover:
Sometimes we make money way too complex. Just the terms alone can drive us crazy–401(k), 403(b), 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner. What do they all mean? We assume that a good understanding of money is reserved for the special few. Fortunately, this is not true. You can understand God’s design for you and your money. In fact, in the Bible , we find a simple, three-step formula for your money. Here it is:
What makes the difference between a good speech and a great speech? They share many common qualities: important subject, accurate research, clear writing, organized material, relevant illustrations, passionate communication, and so on. But they differ in one important area.
The pastorate is not a dictatorship, it is stewardship. This is what the office of pastor entails, oversight over the local congregation God has given him to steward, not just over the pulpit. There are many ways in which this plays itself out. In this post, I would like to speak to the area of worship music.
Although none of the elder qualifications have to do with skin color (for or against), having shepherds who all share the same mission — while contributing different backgrounds, perspectives, and culture — strengthens the church and casts heaven’s shadow upon earth.