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There are some rules for how Christians should dress. And they are a matter of the heart far more than the clothes themselves. As believers, we should not dress immodestly, pridefully, or rebelliously.
It’s a reality of ministry as persistent as it is disappointing. And as if the 80/20 rule wasn’t bad enough, the 20 percent doesn’t remain constant. Different people “rotate” through serving, so seems that just when you get a volunteer in place and on their feet, they walk away. It can be one of the most frustrating experiences of ministry.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m now in the older generation at my church. I don’t feel old, though, and I prefer contemporary praise choruses or well-done hymns with a contemporary feel. To be honest, I most think about my age when the lighting is so low in a church that it’s tough for me to see. Here are some reasons the lighting really does matter to older folks:
It’s an age-old question, made more relevant by the insistence of media outlets and political pundits: Should pastors directly address contemporary political issues? Some commentators argue that Christianity offers a moral framework that is directly relevant to policy issues and thus the pastor should speak to politics. At other times the argument is made that religion and politics should be kept separate and thus pastors should preach the word rather than be political pundits. So, what should a pastor do?
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How to Avoid Being Fired When Leading a Growing Church
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Five Ways a Congregation Can Prevent Short Term Pastoral Tenure
- Form a liaison advocacy group
- Start an intercessory prayer ministry for the pastor
- Get quarterly updates for the first three years
- Form an advocacy group for the pastor’s family
- Be transparent and truthful on the front end