Sunday, September 21, 2014

Clergy Appreciation Month Reources

Here are three outstanding places to find resources to affirm your pastor and staff during Clergy Appreciation Month inPastor_Appreciation_Month_IMAGE October. Select from dozens and dozens of ideas that you can personalize from your church, your class, or your family, to show your love for those that serve the Lord and your congregation.

  1. LIFT initiative (North American Mission Board) Here or Here (or and
  2. Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month in October (from Lifeway Christian Resources) Here (or
  3. The Clergy Appreciation Month Planning Guide (by Focus on the Family) Here (or

Now we ask you, brothers,
to give recognition to those who labor among you
and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,
and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.
Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thess. 5:12-13) HCSB

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9 Questions I Ask When I Supply Preach

As a frequent guest preacher, I have learned to ask certain questions to be sure everything goes smoothly when I preach. Often times, clip_image002the pastor is going to be out of town, so these questions help me to know in advance what the expectations will be for the time I am with the congregation. Here are my 9 questions.

  1. What time do I need to arrive before the service?
  2. How long is the length of a normal message?
  3. Is there a preferred Bible translation?
  4. What percent of the congregation will be non-believers (not Christians)?
  5. How do you prefer I handle the time of response (or invitation)?
  6. Do you need the title of my message in advance?
  7. Do you need a message outline to print as a handout for worshippers?
  8. If appropriate, is it possible to use PowerPoint or videos for illustrations?
  9. What is appropriate attire for the preacher (i.e. suit and tie, open collar shirt and slacks, overalls, etc.)?

If you are a pastor or church leader inviting a guest preacher, you can assist him by providing this information to him after confirming his availability.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tough Mudder-Supporting Andrew

     On September 21, 2014, my youngest son Andrew will be competing in the Michigan Tough Mudder event. As a part of the event, he is raising money to 00 Tough Mudder logosupport the Wounded Warrior Project.
(You can donate HERE to support him).
     Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $6 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.
     The September 21 Tough Mudder event will be held at Michigan International Speedway (12626 U.S. Hwy 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230) if you’d like to come and watch (Spectator info here).
     Regardless, please support Andrew in raising money for this great organization. He is passionate to support our wounded warriors and hopes to perform well at the 2014 Tough Mudder event.
To Donate, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

“Reaching People: Vacation Bible School”

(Article first published in the Baptist Beacon, July, 2014)

Vacation Bible School (VBS) remains one of the most effective annual evangelistic activities among many Southern Baptist churches nationwide. All across our state, Michigan Baptist churcAgencyD3_Badge-4color-03kbhes are conducting VBS as a way to reach their community. In addition, VBS isn’t just a ministry to the children. VBS can be a bridge to reach entire families for Christ.

A few weeks ago, I was visiting Eastgate Baptist Church in Burton. Karen Howe shared her testimony of how she sent her young daughter to VBS. Through the faithful follow up of two VBS teachers, she and her daughter were invited to Sunday School and eventually came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She now is a key leader in the hospitality ministry of the church. That is just one of hundreds of testimonies of a transformed life that was first touched through Vacation Bible School.

VBS is so much more than decorations, fun games, and fruit drinks. Unchurched individuals and families can be reached with the gospel each summer through intentional evangelistic efforts of a church through VBS. Through Vacation Bible School, a church will see professions of faith and new church members of children, youth and adults. In addition, churches will establish long-term relationships with those families in its community.

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5/52: Church Start Funding Plan

Any church, regardless of size, can have a part in starting a new church. many churches feel that the financial burden of starting5 52 Commitment Postcard a new church is too much to bear, but there are realistic ways that every church can have a part in the ministry of Kingdom expansion through starting a new church.

One of the simple plans that can help a church resource a new church is called the 5/52 Church Start Funding Plan. See the details in this video workshop on how this plan works to support a new church. Click HERE to watch the video workshop.

CHURCHES: Be an Acts 1:8 congregation by finding every possible way to be a part of starting new churches. This is one of many options that can help your congregation be actively involved in supporting a new church.

INDIVIDUALS: As an individual, you might make a 5/52 commitment to a new church, even if your church doesn’t commit to the plan. You can be a part now, and encourage your church to join you in the future.

Click HERE to watch the 5/52 video workshop

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