Articles Tagged 'Pastor'

A Time to Weep

What time is it in your relationship with your older friends and family? What time is it in your own life? Are you ready for closing time?

Philip Gulley talks about his dad's heart surgery and his directions for his funeral service in case he didn't survive and the lasting impact this has had on Phillip's life.

Made for This!

All too often we cringe at the role we find ourselves filling, and filling beautifully, when in fact this is the role God made us to fill!

Melissa Troyer writes about the challenging realities of the roles we have to play and have to fill and then wonders, and embraces, that maybe these are exactly the roles God has made to embrace and fill.

Family in the Fire

Jesus is among the familiar trappings of his heritage of faith and immediate family, both of whom are dangerously toxic to him and his ministry at this point in his journey.

Phil Ware continues his reflections and convictions on becoming a JesuShaped disciple, this time focusing on the dangers and difficulties the Lord faced from his religious adversaries.

ToGather: The Good Shepherd (October 11, 2020)

Imagine the audacity of Jesus to identify himself as the LORD, our shepherd, the one David praises in Psalm 23 as well the God of deliverance who identified himself to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3!

Demetrius Collins & Phil Ware lead through worship in song, the Lord's Supper, a powerful message from God's word about Jesus our good shepherd, along with a closing blessing for worship from home with family and friends in a meaningful way.

Tired, Uncertain, and Opening Our Church Doors, Again

Their buildings might be closed, but their churches were still open and living out their mission.

Phil Ware introduces a series of weekly messages to help us deal with the challenges of the new world we are called to minister in today, focusing on the biblical foundation for answers to these challenges.

Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace: Finding God's Will

Throughout the Bible, we find great examples that can help us sort through our challenges today.

Phil Ware begins a series for church leaders and congregations in transition which uses Paul's experiences in his ministry to Macedonian churches to help us in our struggles today.

A Good Ending

We don't have to live in the mess of our mess up!

Tom Norvell reminds us that as far as failure goes, Peter pretty much leads the way, but he also leads the way in turnarounds and being called back to significant ministry.

Neglected Expeditions

What are we forgetting before we try our ultimate ascent?

Phil Ware reminds us that in a search for a new minister, especially a preacher or preaching minister, that we need to know our specific mission as a congregation.

A Way Through the Ice Fall

How do we avoid magical thinking and shortcuts that dangerously risk our doom?

Phil Ware continues his series of articles on churches facing the challenges of the interim season and uses the imagery of high mountain climbing to help us appreciate the challenges.

Willing to Die on This Mountain

What are the mountains you would die on for what you believe and what you are called to do?

Phil Ware talks about finding our theological and missional mountains and how important it is to know them if you are going to call a minister with whom to partner.

Warming Up to Love!

What does a little girl do when a stranger from far away shows up at school?

Phil Ware shares more of his recent trip to Fortaleza, Brazil with Compassion International and the Nerd Herd to visit Compassion sites, projects, children, and churches.

When You Lead

Serving to bless is also the foundation on which we lead.

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the real definition of a leader as someone who serves others because leadership is always for the sake of others.

Hope in the Wilderness

How do we live in the interim?

Mark Frost of http://www.interimministrypartners.com shares part 1 of a 4 part series on the interim season by comparing it to the journey through the wilderness.

Gifts and Mission

How do our spiritual gifts help us determine our mission?

Tim Woodroof continues the series on a church finding or calling a new preaching minister or senior pastor, especially during interim ministry, and the key point is that a church needs to know who it is and what God has called them to do before they try t

Mission and Bible Study

Hey, don't forget the greatest source of information on our mission, the Bible!

Phil Ware continues the series of articles on discerning your mission for churches to work through as they are in a season of looking for a preaching minister or pastor and Phil emphasizes both the universal mission passages and the specific mission passa

It Starts with Mission

Where do you begin to find a new preacher, pastor, or minister?

Tim Woodroof begins a series of articles by Interim Ministry Partners on discovering a congregation's mission by talking about how churches want to find someone to fill the pulpit in a hurry when they first need to discover who they are and what their mis

Discovering the Character of Your Church: Values & Integrity

How do we handle our values with integrity in the life of our congregation?

Greg Anderson reminds us why values are so important and how we must live out of our values with integrity.

Moving beyond the Ashes

How do you restore the joy to life and ministry again?

Phil Ware talks about burn out and how God restored Elijah to ministry and freshness after his great victory on Mt. Carmel and his collapse in the desert.

Lost and Found

Isn't it a blessing when you find what's been lost?!

Phil Ware tells about a time he lost his son Zachary and then found him and the joy of finding lost sheep in the teaching of Jesus.

A Really Inconvenient Truth

What is a shepherd's real goal in leading God's flock?

Phil Ware talks about Nathan's rebuke of David using a shepherding story, the use of shepherd imagery to describe God, and the call of God's leaders to be shepherds to the people of God.

No Minister?

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Patrick Odum talks about how we are all called to be ministers and challenges us to imagine church lived that way.

Ruts

How can we get out of those hard and fast ruts?

Mike Barres talks about his gravel driveway and how it gets full of ruts and how he goes about avoiding them and then he challenges us to avoid living in the ruts we have made in our churches and our lives.

What Do You Think?

Sometimes, don't you think you ought to find the answer for yourself?

While spiritual leaders have wisdom and knowledge, they are not always right and we should seek to answer many of our own questions ourselves using the Bible as our guide.

Leaders Create Culture

How much influence and power does a leader really have?

Leaders build confidence, encourage others, and equip to serve and thus change the culture of an organization.

Vulnerably Successful

Why is it so hard to let folks minister to us?

So often, ministers and pastors won't let others minister to them, but we need to minister and be ministered to, we need to bless and be vulnerable so we can be blessed.