Pastor's Forum

Reminding Staff

I am learning that some of the staff and other leaders don’t know certain things (or need to be reminded regularly of things) that I would have assumed they would be mindful of. What are two or three things that other pastors regularly emphasize or remind their staff and key leaders about? Read the responses

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What Does God Say About Our Bodies?

Tony Cooke

What Does God Say About Our Bodies? by Tony CookeSome mistakenly think that God only cares about our spiritual well-being and the condition of our souls. In making this false assumption, they minimize or completely ignore the great significance Scripture places on God’s concern for and interest in our bodies. In New Testament times, many Greeks believed the body was evil—a type of prison from which death would bring welcome deliverance. Some concluded that since physical life on earth was temporary, what they did with their bodies was really of no significance. It was a radical idea to them that God’s eternal plan and purpose would not just involve the immortal soul, but would also include their bodies. This is exactly what is revealed in the New Testament. While we are not to worship our bodies or focus exclusively on the physical and material dimensions of life, the Bible has some tremendously positive things to say about the purpose and significance of our physical bodies. Read this article by Tony Cooke

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Angels
Lisa Cooke

Angels by Lisa CookeBoth Peter and Paul have their experiences with angels recorded in Scripture. We have the story of Peter being let out of prison by an angel in Acts 12:6-11. In Acts 27:23-25 Paul tells the men on the ship sailing to Rome that an angel appeared to him to encourage him that no one would be lost in the storm. Both men actually saw the angel that the Lord sent to help them in their situations. We may never see an angel in operation, but we know they exist because of narratives like these as well as others scattered throughout the Bible. Do not neglect to give angels their proper (and balanced!) place for they are created beings assigned to assist us as we pursue all that God has for us. Jesus said in Matthew 18:10 about children that “in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” By this we understand we have had angelic accompaniment from the beginning of our lives and we do well to stay mindful of their presence. Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Identify Your Harvest Field

Terry Roberts

Identify Your Harvest Field by Terry RobertsDr. Howard Foltz was my missions professor at Regent University. I had several required classes in missions with him, and he, along with others changed my perspective of reaching out to the unreached. He and others helped us strategically engage the area of the Ends of the Earth. As of this writing, our local church has been actively engaged in sponsoring and helping to train leaders in over 800 new church plants among the unreached, primarily in the 10/40 window. It required a target, a strategy, and a way to get involved. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Open your eyes and see the harvest among the unreached. It is possible your local church can be more effective among the unreached than it is, even within your local area. It is a privilege from God to be part of the whole harvest in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Read this article by Terry Roberts

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Fireproof or Fire Hazard? Protecting Your Church from Fraud
Jeff Klick

Fireproof or Fire Hazard? by Jeff KlickA group of leaders walked into the bank to sign the final papers for their new building loan. Finally, after years of fundraising, the down payment had been raised. As the loan officer pushed the document across the table towards the president of the counsel, soft sobs could be heard from the back of the group. A shaky voice said, “Don’t sign it.” Everyone turned and stared at the source of the voice, the church treasurer. “Why on earth would you say such a thing?” he was asked. His reply, “There isn’t any money, I spent it all. I have a girlfriend…” Fireproof and fire hazard are not referring to the amount of old storage boxes around the furnaces, but to the financial accounting and money management procedures a ministry uses. While we would not be comfortable with attending a worship service in a facility that was labeled a “fire hazard,” we seem perfectly content to attend the same place where the finances are at risk. Read this article by Jeff Klick

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March 2017 Quotes

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BLAMESHIFTING
“Nobody is defeated until he starts blaming somebody else. My advice to you is don’t fix the blame. Fix the problem.”
– John Wooden

FAITH
“Christian faith is not neurotic dependency but childlike trust.”
– Eugene Peterson

FEAR
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
– George Addair

MISSIONS
Go to distant heathen lands,
Valleys, jungles, burning sands,
Freely you have gifts received,
Tell in whom you have believed;
Quickly go, let others know,
Blessings from the Gospel flow.
Not alone! A mighty friend
Shall be with you to the end,
Blessing you as you shall bless
Those who writhe in sin’s distress;
Go and teach, a Savior preach,
Speak in love, compel, beseech.
– From the Hymn, “Always Near,” by William N. Meserve (1879)

PREACHING
“Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls. They are not won by flowery speeches.”
– Charles Spurgeon