Pastor's Forum

Vital Statements

I would love to hear a collection of statements from various pastors. What are the concise statements they have which communicate the vision and purpose of their churches? These would include vision statements, mission statements, listings of core values, etc. I would even like to know the slogans and mottos that churches use. In addition to statements that speak to the entire congregation, I would also like to see any statements or concise lists that churches have just for their leaders or staff, such as lists of expectations, priorities, key principles, etc. Read the responses

2015 Tony Cooke Web Update

An Excerpt from The Work Book: What We Do Matters to God
Tony Cooke

"The Work Book" by Tony CookeIn spite of its great significance and importance, work is a word that many people do not want to hear when it comes to Christianity or spiritual things. Christians love words like, “grace,” “free gift,” and “rest.” Those are wonderful words—biblical words—and they all have a vital role in our Christian life. But work, in a positive sense, is also extremely biblical, and it also deserves our attention and study. Read this article by Tony Cooke

“The Work Book” will be released in June. Pre-order your copy today!

Character, Calling, and Contribution (Part 1)
Jim Herring

Character, Calling, and ContributionRarely does comparing ourselves with others produce anything beneficial. Besides, God does not consider any of those things when evaluating our life. Your possessions do not impress God. Your physical attributes do not impress God. Beauty fades and possessions don’t last forever. However, there are a few things that God is concerned about. What separates people in the eyes of God? What does He use to evaluate our life? There are three major markers and they all start with the letter “C.” Read this article by Jim Herring

How to Make the Right Decisions
Karen Jensen Salisbury

How to Make the Right Decisions by Karen JensenOver the years I’ve had a lot of people say to me: “I don’t know what to do or which way to turn,” or “I’m so afraid of making the wrong decision,” or “If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it!”

They are earnest, God-loving people who want to make the right decisions in their life, but they just aren’t sure how to go about it.

Is that you today? Are you facing a decision – a really big one, or even a small one? Are you wondering what direction to take? Read this article by Karen Jensen

The Prayer of Frustration
Walker Shurz

Prayer of FrustrationEffective leaders are consumed with a vision about the future that is different from today. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela were all incredibly dissatisfied with the reality that they saw. They all envisioned, articulated and helped lead towards a different ending to the story. A leader has to learn to live in the tension of what is and what should be. Some define frustration as the gap between our expectations and reality. Read this article by Walker Schurz

No One Could Know
Kristan Gray

No One Could Know by Kristan GrayKristan writes, “While most all names have been changed, every story in No One Could Know is my gut-wrenchingly honest account of my life…my personal struggle with overwhelming shame and self-loathing after an abortion—and later, rape.” Commenting on her book, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (Iowa) said, “My chest tightened and my heart hurt as Kristan shared her life experiences—the choices, the consequences, and the salvation. No One Could Know is a book that I will share with my daughter. It is a beautiful work of literature that will facilitate many discussions and, I hope, inspire others to carefully consider their life choices. Read this article by Kristan Gray

February Quotes

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“You can live opposite of what you profess, but you cannot live opposite of what you believe.”
– Dallas Willard

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
– Frederick Buechner

“God’s pace always leads to God’s peace.”
– Gerald Brooks

“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be “happy.” I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
– Leo Rosten

“He who thinks that he is being released from the work, and not set free in order that he may accomplish that work, mistakes the Christ from whom the freedom comes, mistakes the condition into which his soul is invited.”
– Phillips Brooks