Who Will Care for These?

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). Jesus emphasized the care for the poor, needy, and estranged. He called us to care for those around us. As we care for others, we care for Him. This past week a […]

Whatever Happened to Hope?

How do you explain an extraordinarily gifted and successful person who seemingly has it all and ends it all? Suicide confounds us, especially high-profile suicides. When we hear that a famous chef, a popular designer or entertainer decides life is not worth living, it often leaves us feeling bewildered. By the world’s standards, they were […]

When is VBS Really Over?

When is VBS really over? Friday afternoon or evening? How about when the last child and his or her family are enrolled in a Sunday School class? Make follow-up with prospects discovered during VBS a part of your planning now. Fast forward about three months. Can you hear a church leader say, THE SUMMER IS […]

34 Tips for Creating Powerful Worship Experiences and Vibrant Worship Teams

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday we’re featuring one of our most popular posts. If you are kicking the creativity up a notch or simply trying to do a better job bringing glory to God on Sunday morning, this one’s for you! Please share with your worship leaders. We go to seminary, study Greek, learn […]

Devotional Journaling Tips

I have been a devotional journaler for about 21 years now. I started this devotional habit after completing the Experiencing God study in 1997! Journaling helps me pour out my ideas and prayers to God, along with processing life and what I’m reading/studying in the Bible. I’ve written about the daily devotional habits I aim […]

The Mysterious Flag

In the darkest hours of the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington unfurled an unusual flag. It wasn’t the stars and stripes. It wasn’t red, white and blue. It was a simple white flag with an evergreen tree sewn on it. Above the tree were the words, “APPEAL TO HEAVEN”. Washington knew he was out-gunned, out-manned […]

Ten Steps for Vetting Your Next Pastor

Recently a small Louisiana Baptist church began the process of seeking a pastor. Resumes were received from all over the region, and a few from as far away as Missouri, but one candidate caught the attention and interest of the search team. His resume more than impressed the search committee. He had a doctorate and […]

Ten Errors of First-Time Deacons

Welcome to life as a deacon! Always exciting, inspiring, fulfilling and self-satisfying. Wait … that’s not exactly true. Let’s start over. Welcome to life as a deacon! It’s much different than you expected. (That’s a little closer to the truth.) As you begin your ministry as a deacon, here are a few common errors to […]