Easter Teaching Tools
A burden of my heart for many, many years is how I can best be used to equip pastors and other leaders in the local church. Time pressures seem to grow greater and burdens heavier with each succeeding generation. Even today, when information is more readily available than ever before, preparing sermons and small group…
10 Findings about Church Membership Classes
Several years ago, I completed a study and wrote a book about church membership classes. Since that time, I’ve continued to watch and listen as more and more churches develop a membership class. Here are several of the findings of that ongoing research.
Passing The Promise: An Interview with Keith Getty
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership we are celebrating the release of Keith and Kristyn Getty’s new album, “Confessio – Irish American Roots”. Thom and Sam discuss the inspiration for the album, the Getty family’s recent year-long trip to Ireland, and what’s next for Getty Music.
Celebrating 20 Years of “In Christ Alone” – An Interview with Keith Getty
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the hymn, IN CHRIST ALONE. Thom and Sam discuss the song’s success with writer Keith Getty and learn what’s next for Getty Music.
Why Pastors Should Use More Historical Illustrations in Sermons
I once attempted to use an example from accounting in my sermon. No one understood me, and the accountants in the church said I mixed up my terms. Apparently, debits and credits are not as straightforward as I thought, which is why—I guess—accountants have jobs. Sermon illustrations are tricky. You try to be funny, but…
An Example of a Covenant Between Pastor and Church
Not every church has a covenant, and many that do will define a covenant differently. Other churches might have a concept of membership but not have a covenant. The purpose of this article is not to stir up a theological debate but rather provide an example of a covenant between pastor and church. Here is our pastor’s covenant. I prefer the “I will” statements because they make explicit the actions and behavior expected of pastors.
How to Deal with Theological Issues in a Revitalization
Theology is important in a church. And sometimes when churches aren’t growing, there can be a temptation to be lighter on theology in exchange for relevancy or growth. Today we discuss why that’s a terrible idea.
Congregational Singing with Keith & Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty stop by for a discussion on congregational singing and practical steps you can take in your church to help the congregation sing more.