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Pastors' Forum

Fulfillment or Frustration

As a pastor, what do you experience (practically speaking) that makes your work fulfilling? What contributes to you having a great day? Also, what do you experience (practically speaking) that makes your work frustrating? What contributes to you having a really challenging day? Read the responses

Serving God: Seven Questions Every Christian Should Ask
Tony Cooke

Seven Questions to AskPastors can and should teach about the importance of good works (e.g., Titus 3:8), but ultimately, the impetus and motivation to serve must come from within the hearts of believers as they allow God to do His work on the inside of them. I’ve long enjoyed the Amplified Bible’s rendering of Philippians 2:13: “ is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” Read this article by Tony Cooke

by Lisa Cooke

DeniedGod does not deserve to be denied. He deserves a love that begins with Himself, which is then shed abroad in our hearts. We in turn respond to that love and complete the journey love began as we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Love does not deny the Lover what is due Him. He first loved us, and we return that love to Him through our devotion to His will and His ways. Read this article by Lisa Cooke

Video Interview with Rick Renner (Part 2)
Discussing the Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor

View Part 1 of this interview with Rick Renner.

Rick Renner Interview

The Role of Women in the Ministry, Part 2
Beth Jones

Stained Glass WindowThe point is––it’s exciting and refreshing to see God’s hand of favor and blessing on a variety of established and up-and-coming Christian women leaders who are being used globally, nationally, regionally and in their local churches. I especially want to cheer for you young women—those in your teens, 20s, and 30s. If you sense God’s hand on your life for the ministry of preaching the gospel, pioneering Christian endeavors, leadership in the church and/or teaching the Word, be encouraged. You are living in some of the best days ever for being a woman in ministry! Read this excerpt from Beth Jones' book

Finding a New Skipper for Your Ship
(Negotiating Pastoral Transition in Your Church)

Marvin Yoder

New Skipper Marvin YoderThis past year, at the end of the pastoral transition at LifePointe Church, one of my minister friends sent me a text, asking, “Who is the new skipper?” This was a time when we went through a process of finding and doing some things that worked to make a successful pastoral transition (and also doing some things that didn’t work). Thankfully, more of the things we did worked than didn’t work! Read this article by Marvin Yoder

Computer Use Guidelines Your Staff Must Know
Attorney Dan Beirute

Computer UseThe Internet can be both a useful tool and a destructive force for a church. On one hand, the Internet allows churches to market inexpensively to potential churchgoers and to quickly and efficiently relay news and information to members and supporters. On the other hand, the Internet can bring lewd and inappropriate content into the church with a push of a button; allowing for the immediate circulation of rumors and outright lies about the organization and its leadership; and even subject the church to liability for sexual harassment, copyright violations, and a host of other legal claims. Click here to read this article from the website of Dan Beirute

Church and Ministry Q and A — The Many Nuances of Benevolence
Mark Helland, C.P.A.

Tax Q&A Mark HellandOf the many issues that we help our church and ministry clients with, benevolence is in my view one of the toughest areas to deal with as it is hard to tell if a need is valid or not. It is unfortunate that this area is so difficult to navigate because it is clearly a direct calling of the church by the teachings of the Bible. My title of this article mentions the many “nuances” and clearly this short article won’t be able to cover all of them, for sure, but I will focus on one particular nuance of benevolence. Click here to read this article from the website of Dan Beirute

New Video Resources

Each of these video series goes hand-in-hand with the books by the same title. They are perfect for use as small group curriculum, or for personal study. We’ve placed each of these series in MP4 format on a USB drive, which not only includes the videos themselves, but also contains files with group leader instructions, as well as digital files of posters and other promotional materials that can easily be used to advertise the sessions. Click here to order.

Tony Cooke Quotes

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"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
- Arthur Ashe

"As long as heaven and hell are a reality, church growth is not an option."
- Norm Dubois

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
- Augustine

“A good relationship test is how a person responds to the word ‘No.’ Love respects ‘No.’ Control does not.”
- Dr. Henry Cloud

"Being made in God's image, we have been designed to work, to be fellow workers with God. To be an image-bearer is to be a worker. In our work we are to show off God's excellence, creativity, and glory to the world. We work because we bear the image of One who works."
- Tom Nelson