Hosting John McCain's Memorial Service
Pastor Noe Garcia shares his priorities for the late senator's funeral.
If I read John 3:16, that will be powerful enough. Some say funerals aren't the best venues for evangelistic messages— that we should focus on honoring the deceased.
Saving the Funeral from an Untimely Death
People today are confused about what funerals are for. How should pastors respond?
Saving the Funeral from an Untimely Death. People today are confused about what funerals are for. Here's the problem: We no longer see funerals as worship.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
“We go to funerals of people we don't know, simply because “Not many Americans go to funerals of those they don't know.”. His colleague, Ermias Amanuel, offered another example.
Where Were You When It Happened?
Helping when mass tragedy strikes your congregation
Is your congregation prepared to navigate widespread grief or wipe tears during multiple funerals? And do you have a plan if that tragedy garners national attention and media interest?
5 Best Practices for "Other Ministry Income"
Guidelines for dealing with money that's not a part of your regular salary.
free ebook, The Minister's Salary, Thom Rainer addresses the issue of "other ministry income"—income ministers receive from services offered at weddings, funerals, revivals, speaking
Funeral for a Stranger
What to do—and what to avoid—when eulogizing someone you never met.
well. I've led the funerals of good friends and long-time, faithful saints, and stories of their legacies and our time together came without much effort. But
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer. Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
The Power of Ethical Congruence
Senate chaplain Barry Black reflects on 14 years of pastoring politicians.
I offer an invocation for the convening of the session of the Senate, conduct Bible studies, spiritual mentoring classes, visitations, funerals, memorial services, observances, those kinds
Ministry Lessons from My Father
He passed away early in my life but remains the biggest influence on my ministry.
Most of it was not formal instruction. He took me with him to services, classes, funerals, hospital visitations, and meetings. Here are a few of the lessons my father taught me.
Ministry after the Massacre
150 days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, three pastors share how they’ve responded and what they’ve learned.
back on their feet.”. First Baptist also offered their facilities free of charge to victims' families who wanted to hold funerals for their loved ones. As a result
Who Is Your Greatest Pastoral Influence?
Nine pastors respond.
It was life upon life. He discipled me in every area of pastoral ministry, from counseling to hospital calls, weddings and funerals, administration, and of course, preaching.
Your Most Undervalued Role
The slow, small, but immeasurably sacred work of pastoral care.
And when we rise to speak at their funerals, the shepherd's last word is, “And they will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”. That's pastoral care. Sacred intruders.
Violent Incidents at Churches Are Rising
Statistics from 2015 are the highest yet seen.
out of the way. Three people were killed at three separate funerals. Church leadership was directly responsible for three deaths in 2015: The pastor of
Foremothers of the Messiah
In the genealogy of Jesus, God’s activity in and through women is obvious
Mayer Gruber points out that women served as judges (Judges 4:4–5), officiated funerals as clergy (Jeremiah 9:16–19; 2 Chronicles 35:25), slaughtered animals in priestly and
The Day I Hit the Wall
A simple question led to a life-defining collapse.
My busyness left nothing of me for those I claimed I loved the most. I should also mention that during the previous week, I'd presided at two funerals of homeless men.
Why We Fail the Grieving
Comforting bereaved people takes more than good intentions.
grieve? Beyond providing funerals, meals, and flowers, what can the church do to walk alongside those who have suffered a significant loss? Consider
What to Say at an Awkward Funeral?
A case study in leadership discernment: How to eulogize one whose spiritual condition is doubtful at best.
anything. I've got nothing good to say.". Orla added: "The only time Mom went to church was for weddings and funerals. She had no use for religion. I
And other innovative practices from around the ministry world.
reach.". Give an Invitation to Follow Christ on Funeral Cards. Funerals are events when those normally closed to the gospel can be uniquely receptive.
Honor Thy Predecessor
Even when it's awkward, it puts your leadership on the high road.
situation quite that complicated, but you're probably familiar with awkward predecessor relationships: whether the former pastor keeps coming back to conduct all of the funerals, likes to
An interview with Karen Mason
for help. Pastors perform funerals following a suicide death, and minister to suicide survivors (the people who have lost someone to suicide). Therefore