Let it go: a Christmas sermon

Let it go: a Christmas sermon

A pastor friend of mine, Roshaun Gendrett, is planning to preach a Christmas sermon and the Lord gave him an interesting take on Christmas this year. His theme is “let it go.” In the sermon, he will talk about all the things we need to let go of. Starting with the...
Pastoral care during grief and loss

Pastoral care during grief and loss

I was recently asked for counsel on how best to engage in pastoral care during a time of grief and loss. That’s never an easy thing to respond to. No one– not even pastors– ever really knows what to say in cases where someone has died. That’s especially...
Some models for discipleship

Some models for discipleship

A good model for discipleship needs to be a simple, reproducible method that helps guide a person toward becoming an obedient follower and disciplemaker. Whatever model you use, you must build in reproducibility. A few good models are outlined below: just choose one...
Vision: Where is the “more”?

Vision: Where is the “more”?

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:10  You’ve read this verse before. You know God has created you with certain work in mind for you to do. He has a purpose for you...
How to build trust

How to build trust

A while back I did a blog entry on handling conflict. One comment rightly pointed out that a basic foundation of trust was assumed and suggested I write an entry on how to build trust. I thought that was an excellent suggestion. Here’s my first take on it–...

Developing a ministry flowchart

The purpose of a ministry flowchart is to diagram your overall strategy for achieving your mission. Diagramming your programs/ministry offerings will help you see the relationships among the areas. Here’s the process for creating a ministry flow chart: First, click...