Thanksgiving, Pastor Style

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Thanksgiving week is here, and that means many people across our nation will stop to reflect on the things they have to be thankful for. Some will do this out of obligation; others will realize just how much God has given them and sincerely seek to express their gratitude to him.

 

I realize that I have countless things to be thankful for. I know that there is no limit to the depth of what God has done for me. It only remains for me to consider and respond to them.

 

But I thought it would be appropriate for the season, helpful for my soul, and encouraging to the church I serve, if I could take a few minutes to consider the things I am particularly thankful for in one particular role: my pastoral oversight of the church I serve.
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Do You Know the Job of Your Pastor?

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(A week removed from Shepherd’s Conference and I am still encouraged.Today I want to share what I learned)

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The job of a weather man is to give the weather forecast. His success is built upon if his prediction happens. The job of a waiter or waitress in a restaurant is to wait on people as they decide what they will eat and drink for the evening. Their success is found in their being helpful with the menu, offering suggestions, bringing out the food in a timely manner, and being overall kindly.… Continue reading

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Got it Backwards?

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contemporary churchWhen I think about the marks of today’s contemporary evangelical church, the faithful integrity of its pastors is not one of them. By that, I’m not necessarily referring to men who fall morally, or who are disqualified because of an unrepentant sin (although this too is pandemic). What I’m referring to is a faithful integrity to model biblical manhood. That’s especially true when I think about other pastors my own age. Don’t get me wrong, I know MANY men in the ministry who do model biblical manhood and who express faithful integrity in their ministries, but they are the exception that prove the rule.… Continue reading

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Empty Chairs

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empty chairsI am a church planter, and while that term is loaded with all sorts of baggage, at the end of the day what that ultimately means is that I am a small church pastor. If on any given Sunday there are sixty people in the worship service, that is a banner week, no one is sick, and all of the occasional attendees have chosen that week to come. I love being a small church pastor, but there is something that weighs on my mind in a way that it might not, if I were part of a large staff at a large church.… Continue reading

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Essentials in Youth Ministry: pt. 3 – The Gospel

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Continuing my series on the Essentials in Youth ministry (here is my defense of youth ministry, and essentials part 1 and part 2), I come to an essential that I believe I shouldn’t have to mention. It should be an obvious aspect of every youth group that calls itself a “ministry.” However, as I look across the youth ministry landscape (websites, resources, etc.), I find this essential missing or at least rarely mentioned to watered-down. Yes, we must pray. Yes, we must properly present the Bible. Yes, we can play games and do fun events. But, we must also preach the Gospel!… Continue reading

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