Pastor's Forum

Church Software and Apps for Today’s Giving

With technology changing at a rapid rate, it seems confusing trying to find the right user-friendly software to handle the giving records at church. I wonder what church software the different churches are using and why? Also, what apps and other systems of giving are churches using, and how are they working? Are such avenues creating an increase in donations, and if so, how much? There are so many ways today to give like cash, check, credit card, online, phone apps, etc. Read the responses

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Doing the Possible
Tony Cooke

Doing the Possible by Tony CookeIs it possible that some could even be so focused on the “impossible,” that they actually use that focus as an excuse—a cop-out—not to seize and act upon the very tangible possibilities that are right in front of them? How many people are doing nothing small because they’re waiting for God to do something big? Start small if you need to, and let God bring increase. Don’t wait for God to help you do the impossible if you haven’t even lifted your hand to to do the possible! The Body of Christ is full of people with good intentions, noble ideas, and even lofty aspirations. But how many people are taking action? How many people are taking concrete steps? How many people are doing the deeds that actually produce results? Read this article by Tony Cooke

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My Grace is Sufficient for You
Lisa Cooke

Sufficient Grace by Lisa CookeAccepting and engaging with the sufficient grace God grants us is the key to gaining the victory over what we are facing. Foundational in that acceptance is our proficiency in “beholding what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us” (1John 3:1). We must “behold” what 1 John 4:10 tells us: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Alexander MacLaren says that the love of God is “older than our sins.” Being convinced that nothing separates us from the love of God puts us in the perfect position to receive everything God offers us in His love. Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Why Should Christians Study Apologetics?
Pastor Jay Stillinger

Jay Stillinger FAQAs we look at the world around us, there is little doubt that our culture has changed dramatically in the last several years. Due to this cultural shift, it is imperative that pastors and ministers continue to learn how to minister to this increasingly post-modern and pluralistic society. In order to be equipped for this present environment, it is both Scriptural and imperative that every Christian be trained in a branch of theology called apologetics. This faith of ours is not a “blind faith” which is to be accepted unquestionably without reasonable consideration. In fact, the more we understand the powerful reasons Christianity is true and why it is far more worth believing than any other religious belief, philosophy or ideology, our faith becomes fortified and immovable. Read this article by Jay Stillinger

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Listen and Live
Edwin Anderson

Listen and Learn by Edwin AndersonIt pays to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit! I simply had a witness in my spirit that I needed to have my heart checked. It was not an “alarming” witness. It was nevertheless a persistent sense that I needed to get this done. Even though I was not successful in getting the test before I went skiing, I was at least doing my best to get it done. What if I had had been spiritually insensitive; or worse, if I had simply ignored that gentle, quiet leading of the Holy Spirit? Could God still have protected me like He did, in spite of my dullness or willful disobedience?  I don’t know the answer for sure. But I believe listening and acting on the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the simple inward witness, probably saved my life. Read this article by Edwin Anderson

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Reaching Your Community Through Athletics
Ray Eppard

Reaching Community Through AthleticsThe overwhelming majority of kids play some form of organized youth sports at some point. There is no other single activity that has the potential to touch so many young people and their parents. God used my own experience to get me to see the opportunity that youth sports provide. Most kids like sports of some kind and they want to have fun playing games. It can teach so many life lessons such as teamwork, determination, perseverance, the need for a positive outlook, and many others. These are things that we can teach in church, but this gives them the opportunity to put it into action right away. And if they are not in church then we don’t get the chance. Read this article by Ray Eppard

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EXPERIENCE
“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.”
– Jim Horning

FAILURE
“The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure – something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom–as something they thought was almost a necessity. It’s as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.”
– Warren Bennis

MERCY
“The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy.”
– Warren Wiersbe

PROSPERITY
“Not every man can carry a full cup. Sudden elevation frequently leads to pride and a fall. The most exacting test of all is to survive prosperity.”
– Oswald Sanders

WISDOM
“Giftedness is your accelerator; wisdom is your brake.”
– Gerald Brooks

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