The Transforming Power of Transparency

The Transforming Power of Transparency

By Jonathan Hayashi The idea of transparency and authenticity has received a significant amount of attention recently as people search for meaning in life. Consequently, the loss of transparency in the church is loss of vital power in the community. To revive the effectiveness of the church, building (or rebuilding) transparency can be an important step. The most serious issue in the Christian circle is the lack of transparency among leaders....

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3 Ways to Encourage Mission in the Local Church

3 Ways to Encourage Mission in the Local Church

By Kevin McDonald I have a pastor friend who says we focus too much on our church and outreach numbers, etc. He says that we need to pay attention to one number and that number is zero. He is referencing 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” We need to focus on making sure no one goes...

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7 Ways To Live a Balanced Life

7 Ways To Live a Balanced Life

By Kevin McDonald I’ve been a pastor for almost seven years, and one of the biggest struggles I’ve faced is staying balanced. Balance isn’t hard just for people in ministry; it’s hard for just about every human being. During my first year of ministry, I hit the ground running. I worked every day for seven days a week and labored from sunup to sundown (and even after the sun went down). While I was thriving in ministry, other areas of my life...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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