When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
Like many pastors, I have been saddened to see families disappear from Lord's Day worship services during their children's sports seasons. 1. Provide worship on alternative days.
In Defense of the Children’s Sermon
How we’ve made those five minutes of our service some of the most influential—for kids and adults.
I had an idea of what they must be like: a pastor taking precious minutes of a worship service, using a forced, talking-to-children voice to give a watered-down moral for the children.
What to Know About a New Donation Scam
Why churches should be careful about refund requests.
There are variations on the specific approach (for example, someone puts a check in the offering plate in a worship service, waits until they know the church would have deposited it
When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget
Does your policy have the answer on what to do?
of ministry operations. Line items will exist for worship activities, educational activities, children and youth ministries, missions, and so on. Suppose a
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
Due to ever-increasing “complexity,” in 2018, we are now seeing the executive pastor role in two-thirds of churches that have 500-1,000 people in weekly worship attendance.
Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
What does the IRS say about tax-exempt status for churches?
Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to email@example.com. I just began as the pastor of a rural Midwestern church with 150 in worship.
How to Ask a Man to Mentor You
In light of #MeToo, some men are more reluctant than ever to mentor a woman.
relationship with. For instance, if you are on the worship team, you might approach the worship pastor for mentoring on a specific aspect of worship leading. Or
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
Sitting comfortably on a back row of a worship center, unnoticed and safe in my own self-pity, seemed a more enticing option than working through my pain.
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
as adolescents can be mean girls, grown-ups can turn into mean women who subtly—or not so subtly—undermine, judge, and criticize the choices of other women they worship next to
Bearing the Word
Preachers carry on a tradition Mary exemplified.
But I was tired, worn out by the juggling act of the preacher-mama: studying, preaching, leading worship, attending to my flock, and teaching while being a wife, raising a toddler, doing
Pastors, We Need To Stop Expecting Worship Leaders To Do Our Job For Us
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper.
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper. Innovative MinistryJuly
Disillusioned by the Church
When organizational culture makes you wonder if you belong
The worship pastor at her church was clearly a very gifted musician. On Sundays, he consistently produced the highest quality worship program she ever experienced.