As churches look to recover from the separation caused by the pandemic, many pastors have lamented their poor church attendance. I've heard pastors say things like "we're back open but we only have a few people each week." Some have said "our members won't come to church but I see them everywhere else." I've considered … Continue reading Using Empathy: How to Help Members Return to Church
The final point in my sermon this week was “Communicate Everything”. During that point, I explained how Nehemiah made communication a priority during a crisis. There’s a story I wanted to share but the Lord didn’t lead me to share it at that time. So I’ve decided to share it now to emphasize the value … Continue reading Communicating In A Crisis
The best leaders communicate well with their teams. The Apostle Paul, writer of 13 books of the New Testament, used letters to keep followers on track spiritually and connected to his ministry. I’d like to share some communication principles from Paul’s example that every leader can apply for immediate results. Let’s look at 2 Corinthians … Continue reading Four Communication Principles for Leaders
This is a busy hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey has flooded the 4th largest city in America and hurricane Irma is currently making landfall in Florida and other Southeastern states. As pastors, we may feel the call to make a response. We may also feel the need to encourage our people as they wrestle with the … Continue reading Hurricane Preparations for Pastors
Thanks for reading these posts from Hosea 4. If you've missed any of them, please refer to previous posts. As we continue in this passage in Hosea, God is still speaking to the spiritual leaders of his people and reveals he's rejecting those leaders because they stopped following God. “My people are destroyed for lack … Continue reading Keep learning to follow.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV http://bible.com/114/hos.4.6.nkjv This verse makes me shudder. As a minister and leader, I would … Continue reading Keep learning about culture.
For last few weeks I've been wanting a standing desk. What is that, you ask? It's literally a desk tall enough for a person to stand and work rather than sitting all day. So, last week I visited a few furniture stores and office furniture stores looking to price a standing desk. I found two … Continue reading Planning, planning, planning.
He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. (Proverbs 10:9 NKJV) Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. (Proverbs 10:9 MSG) As a leader, how would your followers describe you? Proverbs 10:9 describes two extremes of what of person or leader can … Continue reading Leading Ways
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and … Continue reading Put People First
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, (Nehemiah 1:1 NKJV) And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I … Continue reading Time and Planning