Personal Stamina – Help for Pastors – Pastorpedia

168 divided by 3 equals 56 This month Pastorpedia is about our attitudes and energy and spirit—some rather subjective issues. And some of our personal answers do relate to time. “Time flies,” we say, Alas but no– Time stays, We go. And so we must use it carefully, for all of us get the full 168 hours each week. Let’s say we work 56 of...

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Ways for a Pastor to Love His Church – Pastorpedia

When our chief apostle and writer Paul told us all to “pursue love,” he knew we needed to do that because it would not come to us. We must go after it, and make it a strong chase. Love is “righteous action to meet the needs of others,” not feelings. Read I Corinthians 13 and you see deliberate actions, actions pastors must model, as we...

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Working with Healthy Church Boards

They used to say that when the devil was expelled from heaven he fell into the choir loft of the church; now many would say he crashed into the board room. But we want to dispel that idea and give suggestions for godly excellence and a united ministry for boards.

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Receiving New People in the Church – Pastorpedia

It is a simple way to critique a church: Do new people come? How are they received? How are they assimilated to the family? Each area needs honest answers and wise strategy. For sure! So this month we address these questions, knowing the issue of relationships of our people with the unchurched is most important, and central....

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What the Lead or Solo Pastor Must Lead! – Pastorpedia

These we must not assign to anyone else - at least we think so, and we mean in any size church. Under 100 or over 10,000! We think these four or five areas are the priorities we must carry on our own backs. And while the three of us will not have the same lists, we hope, like everything we share, you will think through your own...

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Oh, and About That Sermon – Pastorpedia

Most surveys (think George Barna asking his wife questions when he gets home in the evening) still show that 80-90% of new people at church come because they were invited by a friend. So our faithful people are the best way to guests and new regulars. But how many come back the second time, and more, because of the sermon and the...

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Let’s Fill in the Moats Around our Church Buildings! – Pastorpedia

They often grow wider over time and we get more separated from the people and needs right around our location. We have church fellowship schedules that fill our weeks which become months and then years. Let's build bridges to our neighbors and to local needs, honoring missions that are local as well as global. Our Lord would like that....

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Pastoral Care – Help for Pastors from Pastorpedia

In this issue of Pastorpedia, Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown talk about a system of caring for the growth and provisions for people in their churches. Scroll down to read, watch, or download the PDF version. Like it or not, the title “Pastor” implies we care, and thus have a system of shepherding or caring for people with...

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I’ll Be at Church for Christmas – Pastorpedia

The famous old song may be about being home for Christmas, but a lot of people do try church then, and at Easter, and we must make the most of it. How many times as a pastor have I been driving home from a holiday Sunday or service thinking, “I wish we would have…(whatever),” or “Next year we have got to….” Watch as Knute Larson, Jeff...

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