Get free email updates as I write new articles (no more than once a week):

Serving Others Is a Win For Everyone

Keith of the Olivet Eagles

Don't read what I've written until you watch this video... Once you dry your eyes, think about some of the huge implications of this story for people who serve in Christian ministry, personally or vocationally. Lots of teams win games (50% actually) but THIS kind of win gets celebrated …

Keep Reading

A 4-Part Definition of Ministry

3944967852_19df1d1d2f

Here it is: Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God. - Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God According to Warren Wiersbe, one of America's long-term leading thinkers on ministry issues, this definition consists of four vital parts. Our …

Keep Reading

Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Fishing Net

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call... "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the disciples left their careers behind to follow Jesus into …

Keep Reading

8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

Ella Serving

We called ours We Love NWA because that's how people refer to our community. Whatever you call it, we're glad we took a weekend away from having a worship service in our theater to serve our neighbors. We're not the first, by any means to have a weekend to "be" the church instead of "doing" church. Other …

Keep Reading

Chuck Swindoll: Serve God By Serving People

Chuck Swindoll

Men like Chuck Swindoll have a way of articulating profound truths in rather simple statements. In my own mind, I've struggled to figure out how to get the idea across that we need to serve people in order to serve God. In today's insight for living Chuck had this to say... We find it encouraging to think of …

Keep Reading

How To Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Shaped

Every believer in Jesus has been granted abilities that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are all born with various talents, but spiritual gifts are given to us when we become a Christian. The seeds of those gifts are often evident from birth, but the Holy Spirit empowers believers for ministry in …

Keep Reading

7 Promises We Should Make (and Keep) to Volunteers

flickr3823023057_a8d1bcffdb

We pastors often struggle to ask people to give their time and talent to Jesus. Perhaps we've been rejected before and don't like to hear someone say "no." Perhaps we don't like volunteering ourselves and we transfer our own rebellious attitudes to others. Or perhaps we know, when we make "the big ask," that …

Keep Reading

Love Means Being Interested In Others

When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin immediately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ's interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. ~ Oswald Chambers It stings me, at times, to realize just how much I think …

Keep Reading

7 Ways to Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

I've just finished reading Max Lucado'snewest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, and I feel... challenged! The premise of the book is that we have a choice to do things that will make an impact that outlasts us. Life is a temporary assignment, but the effects of our lives are …

Keep Reading

Sending Some Relief to Haiti

I wanted to wait to post about this tragedy until I had two big pieces of information to pass along. One is that a Pastor we know well named Francois Norcilus was in Port-au-Prince to attend a funeral when the earthquake hit. We have finally gotten word from his son that he is alright, but tells us the …

Keep Reading