If you like being a parent of teenagers, you’ll love pastoring. Ministry is so much like parenting that when the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to look for mature Christian men to oversee the flock, the only “management” qualification was that the elder be a good dad. Earlier in his life Paul revealed his own father’s heart toward his recalcitrant spiritual kids in Corinth. Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day Pastors – How Being a Church Leader is Much Like Being a Father” »
In this episode of Sharefaith Spotlight: We announce the release of 52 brand new SharefaithKids color-ins. Still don’t have a church app? We give you a few compelling reasons to get one with Complete. Plus two new articles on anti-human trafficking organizations and questions you should ask when making a new hire in your ministry.
These are the men and women, outraged by the horrors of human trafficking, whose conviction to “do justly and to love mercy” is much more than a mere obligation. With love and compassion they have given their lives to see captives set free and the world rid of the gross injustice of modern day slavery. It is because of these willing heroes that the voice against this vile corruption grows louder each day. Below are Top 10 Anti-Sex Trafficking Organizations.
Across the nation, there are hundreds of conferences delivering top-notch information and inspiration to God’s people. Ever since the days of camp meetings, Christians have thrived on intense periods of Bible teaching, worship, and prayer. Today’s Christian conferences are designed to help Christians focus on their area of ministry, provide encouragement, and sharpen one’s skills tools for ministry. Conferences aren’t just for pastors or church leaders, either. There are conferences for moms, dads, women, men, Sunday School teachers, families, new Christians, old Christians, and medium Christians. Basically, there’s a conference for anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with Christ.
If you haven’t attended a conference before, consider this your invitation. And consider this list to be the menu from which you can choose. Continue reading “Top 30 Christian Conferences for 2015 & 2016 in the U.S.” »
“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.”
~ Matthew Henry
In prayer we acknowledge the greatness of God and recognize the privilege to call Him Father; in prayer we gain insight into how God thinks and receive strength to trust His will over our own; in prayer we cast our burdens on Him, and trust Him for every need; in prayer we seek forgiveness and the ability to forgive; and in prayer we find the power for deliverance from temptation and safety from the enemy. If you are looking for some direction, encouragement, and inspiration on the topic of prayer, this list of Top 10 Christian Books on Prayer will provide you with a good start. Continue reading “Top 10 Christian Books On Prayer” »
This week we’re trying something brand new! We’re gonna tell you everything that’s new at Sharefaith, through video! You can learn more about everything that’s mentioned in the Sharefaith Spotlight video with links down below.
… and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and preach and bring people to Christ” – yet you do not know what your outreach will bring. What is your ministry? For you are an assistant to the Lord that appears for a little time and then gets transferred. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will reach out and do this or that mission. As it is you put supreme confidence in your strategies, and all such confidence is arrogance.”
An admittedly all too free paraphrase of James 4:13-16
Providence is the biblical idea that God sees and goes before us in all that we do as Christians. We pastors know this and of course preach it to our flocks. But do we ourselves rest in the reality of it? Not as often as we let on, I suspect. Our activist culture is very impressed with strategies, plans, wealth, wisdom and strength (see Jeremiah 9:23-24). Much “leadership” material, even for pastors, is about what we do, rather than what God does. And the result is harried, hurried, harassed shepherds, leaping frenzied to every perceived need and running on emotional and spiritual “empty” much of the time. But if providence applies to pastoral ministry then at least three convictions follow:
This sample of honorable women, across centuries, cultures, and various socio-economic strata, shows that the criteria man uses to measure greatness is often very different from God’s, which values humility, an intimate knowledge of His Word, and willingness to participate in His plan. It is also important to remember some of the lesser known heroines in Christianity. For every one woman of notoriety there are hundreds of other women serving God in anonymity, fighting with the same determination, battling the same enemy, serving others selflessly and laying down their own lives to gain a more perfect one. Below is a list containing 10 of the most influential woman in Christianity: Continue reading “10 of the Most Influential Women in Christianity” »
Your biggest leadership mistake has nothing to do with your inability to speak to a large audience, or your lack of a goal-driven, mover-and-shaker mentality. Neither is it found in your struggle with multitasking or effectively managing those placed under your authority. You may spend years reading leadership books, talking to leaders, or trying to perfect your own ability to lead, but your biggest leadership mistake comes from neglecting a simple, core, foundational principle. Continue reading “Your Biggest Leadership Mistake In Ministry” »
You have the amazing opportunity and a window of time where you can reveal the power of God’s Word and impact tender little lives. Choosing a curriculum that maximizes the time you have with the kids and effectively lays the solid foundation of truth is crucial! You should regularly revisit and refine your teaching materials to ensure they are truly “making the most of every opportunity”, as Paul teaches in Ephesians 5:16. Here are a couple of questions to ask when reviewing the effectiveness of your Sunday school curriculum: Continue reading “Reviewing Effectiveness of Your Sunday School Curriculum” »