Where Else?

Where do the next full-time workers come from? Let’s talk future, as uncertain as we are about when the total New Creation of everything by our Lord begins. Who will succeed us with the shepherding care of the church? Sobering stats: 85% of senior pastors are currently 40 years old or older. And 50% of senior pastors are currently 55 …

Meet Our Travel Team Leaders for 2021

Worship Specialty Travel Team based in Akron, OH:  Administrative Leader Todd Shoemaker  Todd Shoemaker is the Pastor of Student Ministries at the Bath Campus of Grace Church of Greater Akron. He has been on staff at Grace Church-Bath Campus for over 10 years now, working with middle and high school students. His passion for ministry started when he was in middle school. Todd says, “The Lord worked in and through me in crazy ways, which …

Least Likely

If there was a high school yearbook category for “Least Likely to End Up a Youth Pastor,” Dan Miller may have been the top candidate.  Dan grew up in a loosely charismatic family and floated around in different churches through his early teens. By mid-high school, he quickly went downhill and was fully enraptured by the world. All of your …

Leading People Post COVID

“The quarterback has a voice and wristband!”  And sometimes he pushes his helmet tighter so we can hear the instructions from the coaches. Then he checks his wrist notes and calls the play. But they don’t make any of these for pastors. So how do we know what plays to call? What church strategy should change now that we have …

Greater Importance – Students, Student Leaders, Volunteers or Parents?

Any youth pastor or leader who’s served for more than a couple weeks knows the tension of this ministry focus! Where do you invest your time, energy and resources? Eric Miller, director of ministry programs for CE National will talk with youth pastors Fletcher Abbott, Tony Villafane , and Ben Long.

Discipleship: Use and Misuse of the Term

“Who is in your discipleship group?”  All of us in church-work use the term. “Discipleship” as referred to in the Great Commission of our Lord, bold-lined as Jesus left planet earth. All pastors refer to it at times. Many books explain what a disciple looks like. “What is the best discipleship program for our church?” is one of the most-asked …