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  • Monday, June 29, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Eric Doucet Pastor Texas Avenue Baptist Church, College Station, Texas

    Several years ago, I preached a sermon entitled “Deacons: Who Needs Them?”. That’s a loaded question if there ever was one. Deacons have the potential to destroy a church and/or pastor’s ministry or to help build a church and prolong a pastor’s ministry. Therefore, it is vital that pastors learn to work with deacons for the success of the church and the sanity of the pastor. Unfortunately, most Bible colleges don’t offer courses on working with deacons, causing many pastors to have to learn the hard way how to (or how not to) work with deacons. 

    The point of the sermon I preached was that the church, the pastor, and even unbelievers benefit from having deacons who serve well. I have found that there are several principles that pastors and deacons must understand if they are going to honor God by working well together.

    First, we must understand the main purpose of deacons and this purpose must be communicated to the church, especially those who serve as deacons. According to Acts 6:1-7, the ministry to widows was taking away from the ministry of the Word. Though the word ‘deacon’ is not expressly mentioned in this text, it is apparent that the communication of God’s Word is the primary function of pastors. Therefore, the primary purpose of deacons is to free pastors up to teach the Word of God and pray. Obviously, godly wisdom is needed to see how this principle is put into practice in individual churches.  Unquestionably, churches benefit greatly when this principle is taught and practiced.

    Next, unity must be the church’s priority. The selfish ambitions and agendas of pastors and deacons is not the priority. Many church reputations have suffered because of conflicts between pastors and deacons, resulting in division usually over really important, eternal things like carpet colors, nursery rules, and music choices. Yet, in John 17:21 Jesus stated that church unity was vital to the believability of the Gospel message. Why would unbelievers believe a message from a group of people at odds with one another, yet who say they are all following the same God at the same church and reading the same Bible? Pastors and deacons must lead the way in making unity the priority of the church.

    Finally, lead the church to select qualified men according to God’s standard as set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Acts 6. The deacon selection process should not be a popularity contest, nor should deacons be selected because they are “good ole boys.” Men should be chosen who are “of good reputation [and] full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.” Pastors will benefit greatly from having godly men serving with them and churches will benefit from having godly men serve them.


  • Monday, June 22, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Chris Stephens Pastor Central Baptist Church Sulfur Springs, Texas

    Numbers 11:16-17

    Most pastors see themselves as superheroes. Some believe they are unstoppable like Superman; some believe they are the Terminator, taking everyone that opposes them out. Still others believe they can and must do everything like a modern day MacGyver. Truth is we are not to do ministry alone. The Lord told Moses to gather 70 men, and He would place in them a spirit of care and concern to bear the burden of the people.

    Pastors need to learn they cannot do it all and must have others around them to accomplish the work. Whether we call them officers, leaders, deacons, or elders, we need them and need to know how to work WITH them. Some hindrances to working with officers include: insecurity, lack of self-esteem, pride, or even laziness. We cannot allow these things to hinder our ministry or keep us from pouring ourselves into others and allowing them to be a blessing to our ministry. So how do we work with our officers to ensure unity, love, and success in our ministry?

    1.      Give them a vision they can see, understand, and implement. Remember someone will lead, someone will cast a vision, and someone will give direction to the ministry – that must be you!

    2.       Let them have input. Every officer comes equipped with a brain, so let them use it. Chances are they have been there longer than you have, and their insight is invaluable in making decisions regarding ministry. Listen to their ideas, acknowledge them, use what is good, and graciously decline what is not. As stated, it is amazing what can be done when we don’t care who gets the credit.

    3.      Spend much time with them. Spend personal time with them: this shows you care. Spend prayer time with them: this shows you love. Spend planning time with them: this shows you lead.

    4. Let them do what you ask them to do. Don’t micromanage. There is always more than one way to do something, and they may have a better way. With that in mind, hold them accountable. You cannot expect what you don’t inspect.

    5.      Trust them. Don’t see them as an enemy. They will make mistakes, do things wrong, even say the wrong thing at times. It isn’t intentional, personal, or a coup to get you out. Trust them, and when they make a mistake love them, encourage them, and teach them so it doesn’t happen again.

    Leadership. Whether it is working with officers, members, or even outsiders, it takes the three “L”s: Listen, Love, and Lead. If you will listen to them and love them, you can lead them.


  • Friday, June 19, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Ray Comfort

    In a commendable effort to try to cheer up a miserable world, popular actor Tyler Perry asked his many friends to sing the famous song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” which he then uploaded to YouTube. 

    But there’s a glaring problem here. To say that God has the whole world in His hands clashes head on with the world’s perception of reality. It’s to fiddle while Rome burns. We are living in a nightmare of chaos, death, and terrible suffering, and these people are singing lyrics of a song that sounds like they think all is well because God is in control. It’s understandable for a thinking skeptic to say it’s very clear that He’s not.


  • Monday, June 08, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Ben Jennings Assimilation Pastor Canton Baptist Temple

    We had just started our first job in ministry, moved into our first house as a married couple and it was the first time having friends over for dinner. I was excited to grill out for everyone, so I went out and purchased a charcoal grill.

    I had never actually grilled up to this point, so I thought it would be easy to light the fire.  I thought I would throw a match on the charcoal and it would just go. 

    I remember having the hardest time getting it to ignite.  I ended up using lighter fluid and a hair dryer to get the flame going and consequently we had dinner later than I wanted.  Also, I ruined my wife’s hair dryer. (Sorry again, Megan.). 

    Starting a fire was more difficult than I thought it was going to be.

    I’ve felt the same thing trying to lead people.  Fire is such a great metaphor for passion, energy, and momentum.  We try and try to stoke the fires of passion around evangelism and ministry. Often it seems like there is so much keeping the flame from igniting in the hearts of our people.

    But there are times in ministry where I see God light a fire in someone's heart.  When He does the results are amazing.

    Passion is crucial because apathy is typical.  For our churches to be effective, we need  passion for the lost that is a burning flame.

    But how can we influence people to be passionate about evangelism and ministry? 

    I suggest three elements that are crucial to igniting a passion in your ministry.

    Passion is ignited by personal conviction.

    Do you have a conviction about your own personal evangelistic ministry?    Do you understand the example you set for good or bad in terms of personal evangelism?  Do you own the stewardship God has given to you of leading your people to reach others? To be effective in evangelism you must have a conviction that the lost must be reached and that you must be personally involved in reaching them.

    Passion is ignited by personal prayer.

    Nothing of any eternal consequence has ever been done without prayer. If we as leaders are not on our knees pleading to God that our class catch a vision for evangelism, then it is unlikely to happen.

    Passion is ignited by personal example.

    Do you understand the example you set for good or bad in terms of personal evangelism? Example is most effective when seen.  We must do good.  We must be seen doing good.

    We must manage the tension between a desire to influence others with a right example and the desire to be seen of men to be admired.  Providing an example is critical.  Being prideful can destroy the spiritual work God wants to do.  We need the Holy Spirit to guide us through this effectively.

    Here is the bottom line:  We can not expect people to be more passionate and involved than we are.  Passionless leaders who go through the motions don’t inspire passion in their followers.

    Participate.  Get a story.  Use the story to inspire others.  Exemplify great commission

    ministry to those who follow you.


  • Friday, June 05, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sam Rainer  President, Church Answers

    Not every church leader will face a vision-crushing blow. But they exist. They hurt like a heavy-weight sucker punch. You didn’t see it coming, and it was hard like an Acme anvil. Church leaders (especially us pastors) can overreact. We can cry wolf when it’s just sheep around. There are cases, however, when one event jars everything loose, when something unforeseen grinds the church to a halt. The vision stops. No one moves.

    How do you respond when your church experiences collective blackout? How do you lead when you’re shell shocked with everyone else? When it’s impossible to think about a new vision, what are the immediate next steps?


  • Monday, June 01, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Jeremy Stout Pastor Bible Baptist Church Marysville, Ohio

    As a church planter in 2007, I thought that evangelism would be the last thing I would need to worry about getting accomplished.  Knowing my past experience and also realizing the only way people would come to a new church would be if they were invited, I knew evangelism would be vital.  Very quickly, I learned how important it would have to be to schedule and make evangelism times a priority or else it would never get done. Dedicated time for evangelism can get lost in the shuffle of everyday ministry. I remember there was a month early on in our new church plant when I looked back and thought, “Wow, I haven’t led anybody to Christ because I haven’t talked to anybody specifically about getting saved!”  The Word of God (Matthew 4:18) convicted me that if I were really a disciple following Jesus, it would be measured by me fishing for men!! So, in our church calendar, I began to set aside scheduled times to evangelize and reach out for souls. A dedicated time to reach out in evangelistic activities keeps me focused on fulfilling the byproduct of following Jesus. So how do we as pastors create and continue a culture of evangelism?  I think that we must first example it.  There needs to be stories shared and testimonies given from the pulpit of recent evangelism experiences in our own lives.  In 1 Peter 5:2-3, the Bible gives preachers the responsibility of being “ensamples.” An ensample has in its description like a die that is cast and every time it hits the same product is produced. I think we as pastors are not only to have had experiences of personal evangelism and winning people to Christ in the past, but we are to continually have examples of personal evangelism and leading people to Christ. If we are not actively witnessing and winning people to Christ how could we expect our congregation to take that responsibility on?  Secondly, we need to express evangelism to our congregations.  When we hear of church members leading someone to Christ, we need to make sure that we make as big a deal about it as heaven already has! Celebrate it in our bulletins and in our testimony time, not for man’s glory but for the motivation of others to take part in the same. Thirdly we must expect a culture of evangelism.  God is the One responsible for the increase of any evangelistic efforts, so surely it is His will and desire that people would come to repentance and receive eternal life.  If we will stay committed to planting the seeds of fishing for men, then we should expect that God will do what He does as a faithful God in the results of our efforts. Once our church got in the habit of seeing people evangelize and hearing about people getting saved through evangelism, the momentum led to more and more getting involved with the efforts as well.


  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:15 PM | Anonymous
    Lewis McClendon, BCMN

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Ted House Pastor Bible Baptist Church Mount Orab, Ohio

    Today is May 10th, 2020. Mother’s Day. It is our second Sunday having normal, in-person services, and the congregation is excited to be back. The fellowship is sweeter, the smiles are brighter, the songs are dearer, and the love is stronger. In fact, excited would be an understatement. Many people have thanked me multiple times for reopening the church, making it very apparent that our church family is glad to be home!

    Before we decided to postpone services, there were approximately 450-500 people in attendance on any given Sunday. For the last two weeks of March, we had 214 in attendance and then the numbers dropped to 192. This is after the buses had already stopped operating. We closed the church during the month of April and live streamed all of our services. On Sunday, May 3 rd , the church reopened for normal services. We had previously scheduled Jeff and Sheri Easter to sing for us that day, so we kept the engagement and enjoyed their performance on our first Sunday back. It was an awesome homecoming time! The services were Spirit-filled and powerful. We had 332 people in attendance for the performance and today, we had 347.

    Our live streaming has gone very well, but now that we have reopened the church, viewers have diminished by about two thirds. We plan to continue live streaming throughout July and then discontinue it altogether.

    Our buses began their regular routes on our first Sunday back, but are only running half of the regular riders. Safety precautions include having the riders sanitize their hands before entering the bus, sitting in every other seat, and disinfecting the bus after everyone exits.

    It is interesting to watch the congregation mingle and fellowship before and after services. Some are serious about social distancing, a few people wear masks, but a majority of the congregation are hugging and shaking each other’s hands.

    Our offerings increased the entire time our church was closed. On our first Sunday back in the building, the total offerings were a little over $31,000, which is high even for a first Sunday of the month.

    For the time being, we have decided not to host our monthly Senior Citizen’s Luncheon and have also refrained from door-to- door soul winning.

    We are located in a rural area with our entire county only containing about 45,000 residents. Our county did not have a confirmed case of Covid-19 until the last week of March. At the peak of the pandemic, we had a total of 16 confirmed cases. As of last week, our local news reported that the county health department does not know of any confirmed, active cases of the virus in our county. Keeping abreast of these numbers helps us make wise decisions about reopening all ministries of the church in a timely manner.

    This has been an unprecedented time in the world’s history, and being cautious is a wise thing to do. However, God is still on the throne, and we must place our trust in Him and serve until Jesus comes. I hope that this information will be valuable to all of my friends and that they will see success and God’s blessings on their churches as things return to normal.


  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Ken Braddy  Director of Sunday School, Lifeway Christian Resources

    COVID-19. Until a few months ago, I hadn’t heard this name. Now I’d like to forget it! But COVID-19 hasn’t been all bad for our churches. In fact, I’m asking the question, “Could COVID-19 usher in an era of church growth”? It has the potential to do that, and based on another terrible pandemic our nation faced in 1918, it may do just that. I am praying that history repeats itself. Let me explain.


  • Monday, May 18, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Lewis McClendon, BCMN

    By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking Samaritan’s Purse to pay state taxes after the Christian humanitarian organization discharged its last patient this week — one of the over 300 COVID-19 patients it treated at a temporary hospital in New York City’s Central Park while facing a backlash due to its statement of faith.


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