The Importance of Expository Preaching

The Importance of Expository Preaching

By Brian Richard Expository preaching!? What in the world is that, asked a young junior high student of mine several years ago while I was leading a youth study one Sunday morning on the how-to of personal Bible study. Well, I said, expository preaching is where the pastor teaches through a particular book of the Bible, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, to expose the meaning of the text in its context. The student seemed to understand but...

Read More

5 Ways to Improve Staff and Board Meetings

5 Ways to Improve Staff and Board Meetings

By Kevin McDonald Every week, we have staff meeting at the church where I pastor. And once a month we have a board meeting with our elected church leaders. As the lead pastor, I provide oversight at each of these meetings. In the past in previous churches I was never good at overseeing these meetings. They would go on and on and people were exhausted and burned out by the end of the meetings. Through the years, however, I have learned a few...

Read More

From One Millennial Pastor to Another

From One Millennial Pastor to Another

By Josiah Hoagland As a Millennial pastor, I know I have much to learn, but at the tender age of 31, I’ve witnessed some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of church attempts at engaging with the Millennial generation. Please hear me out; what I want to contribute to the conversation is just a piece to a very complex puzzle. That being said — I believe one of the more “seeker friendly” models of church engagement is flawed in its premise....

Read More

Focusing Outward

Focusing Outward

By Kevin McDonald One of the purposes of the church is to reach those who are not believers. Early on in pastoral ministry, I assumed my job was twofold. First it was to preach good sermons. I would spend hours upon hours writing great sermons each and every week. The second part was to take care of the flock — to nurture and care for those who attended my church. However, the more I did these things, the more I felt like something was missing....

Read More

7 Ways to Overcome Hurt in the Church

7 Ways to Overcome Hurt in the Church

By Kevin McDonald I had been a Christian about six months in 2009. I was on fire for the Lord and couldn’t wait to spend the rest of my life serving and following Christ. God had begun the process of restoration in my life, and I was feeling the prompting of the Holy Spirit to enter into the calling of full-time ministry. After many hours of prayer, long conversations with my wife, and examining the process of becoming ordained, I was ready to...

Read More