Preachers: God Will Make the Dents For The Church blogger, Erik Raymond, writes his contemplation on the idea of God’s influence on the congregation when He is using you as a minister or pastor. Although we get frustrated with our numbers and are looking to increase our own influence, it can be very comforting to […]
Transitioning Students into Middle School Ministry Wonderful article by Aaron Meservey on strategies to welcome new students and parent into the youth group from the crop of students already in your church’s children ministry.
Real Love Encourages Others to Do the Right, Most God-Glorifying Thing Randy Alcorn addresses what loving others in the name of Christ actually means, and how this honest (not enabling) love will influence both believers and non believers.
How Should Pastors Want to be Remembered When They Are Gone? Practical Shepherding Blog gives us a wonderful reminder that our influence for Christ is an ongoing effort by the entire church body. Who will the message on your tombstone say you influenced for, Christ or yourself?
Influence is something earned and entrusted to those who have a passion for and track record in their calling. One responsibility of those who have influence is to train up others who can take on a similar influence and use it to continue their work. We may not see any better pictures of this than […]
The 3 Best Times You Can Be an Example for Others From a Christian perspective, Jonathan Malm distinguishes times that others are more prone to observe the examples we set.
Do You Make Life Decisions with Your Church in Mind? When faced with tough life decisions, do you consider the impact on your church or youth group? Using Paul as an example, Joshua Hedger points out the importance of knowing your impact on those immediately around you.
Under the influence is defined as, “the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit” or “an altered state of consciousness, attained through the ingestion of psychoactive drugs.” The phrase, “under the influence,” has a negative connotation. It automatically brings up images of a drunk driver […]
Your Church Needs to Hear You Sing Matt Merker, a guest contributor for Desiring God, presents a fresh viewpoint on how you can include singing in your ministry. The good news is that you don’t have to take a single voice lesson! As Merker points out, there is something very influential about ministering to others through song.
Think back to the beginning- not THE beginning in Genesis 1, but the beginning of your journey in student ministry. At some point, you received a call from God to come and join Him as He works in the world. It was a call to change the world…to make an impact! Yet so often, as […]