Part 1 – Rebuilding the Sunday School/Small Group Ministry in the Local Church

Like you, I was glad to see 2020 come to an end. However, many of the same issues remain a significant part of our life and ministry in 2021. So, how does the church move forward to grow healthier and stronger? Adapt – Many of us have learned how to do our work—differently. When the […]

Deep Discipleship

A book summary of: “Deep Discipleship: How the Church Can Make Whole Disciples of Jesus” Discipleship is an area I have emphasized throughout my ministry and when I saw this book in a fall 2020 issue of Christianity Today, I ordered a copy and read it over the holidays.  Some of the main points in […]

Will you pray for this?

What big things have you prayed for during your lifetime? They change from year to year, don’t they? Think for a moment about your requests through the years: A new bike. A date! Admission to your college of choice Help that special person to say “I do.” Give us a child. Help me understand that […]

The Awesomeness of Christmas is in the Simplicity of Christmas

The Awesomeness of Christmas is in the Simplicity of Christmas

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19 NIV) Captain Gerald Coffee was a POW for 7 years and 9 days during the Vietnam War. In no context are a COVID-19 quarantine and an imprisonment in a war camp comparable, but I think many will resonate with Captain […]

The Messy Reason for Christmas

In the beauty of the Christmas season, don’t forget the messy reason that it came about. The reason for the season and the savior was to deal with the sinfulness of humanity. 1 Timothy 1:15 – “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” 1 John 3:5 – “Jesus came to take away our […]

Lottie Moon

A Familiar Verse, Christmas, and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

John 3:16 is likely the most well-known verse in all of Scripture. For many, it was the first verse committed to memory. Max Lucado called it the “Mount Everest of the Scriptures.” This one verse communicates to us the message and hope of Christmas. The Personal Message of John 3:16 You have probably heard, more […]

January Bible Study videos now online

January Bible Study 2021 Preview Videos are now available online! “Living with Assurance: John’s Epistles” is the theme for January Bible Study 2021. The focus of this study is on how a person’s understanding of Jesus impacts their daily lives in practical ways. The apostle John wrote to combat false teachers who sought to mislead […]

Critical Coverage Gaps

Does your Church’s Insurance Policy Contain Critical Coverage Gaps? An updated booklet by Brotherhood Mutual encourages churches and ministries to regularly review their insurance coverage in a rapidly changing world. Consider: Religious Freedom Protection: claims related to your church’s belief-based decisions and activities. Examples include refusing to marry a same-sex couple or limiting the use […]