- It was great to have football to watch yesterday, even better to play Fantasy Football with other members here at Rookie Pastor.
- Pastors don’t have friends and are discouraged, Rookie Pastors are more susceptible.
- Pretty amazed at the number of personal/ministry blogs that are getting so overtly political. Your space you can do what you want, but still surprised.
- First time meeting with a new group, always a little weird and always a little exciting.
- Doug Fields on firing a volunteer.
- Why communist China doesn’t like Jesus.
- Church planting roundtable with some experts.
- 5 things a pastor wish they knew when they were a Rookie.
- Multisite church infographic.
- Tweeted this article and proposed dropping membership, and got some good pushback. What say you?
- How to guarantee a promotion in ministry.
- Trevin Wax on questions you need to ask when you are studying.
- Loswhit on anxiety and depression.
- So why is it that we haven’t reached everyone?
- Leadership is lonely.
- Theology in youth ministry, yes it is more than pizza and games.
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Cameron Sprinkle is “the Creative Guy” on our staff. Worship, video, graphics, skinny jeans. All that stuff. He’s also incredibly thoughtful and well spoken for an artsy type. He adds so much to our ministry and he is friend. He’s shared here before and I’m excited to have him contribute here again.
Catch the rest of the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave Series.
Sometimes I hear from people who are struggling to connect with their worship leaders or music ministry.
“I think their timing/rhythm is just always off or something”
“They seem really arrogant”
“They keep picking songs I’ve never heard”
“They sing off-key a lot”
“It seems too show-y, like a concert”
“For some reason, I just don’t like him”
Ok, so no one has ever actually said that last one. But I can tell sometimes when people wish they could just say that.
As a worship leader myself, I’m both a huge critic and a huge defender of fellow worship leaders. On one hand, I have a very high musical and integrity standard for worship leaders; on the other hand, I have a high level of sympathy for my brothers and sisters who have the privilege of trying to musically serve a diverse group of believers who have a wide range of spiritual maturity.
You need to watch this video, a few highlights:
Importance of identity of a young pastor.
Things you don’t know about Jesus. Like the fact that more people are in Bible Studies at Saddleback than worship services.
Why people go to church and why only pastors like big churches.
His reading habits.
Leading up and his relationship with Jesus.
Plus a discount code for Resurgence.
Another great guest post in the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave series.
The following is an excerpt from a post from Ron Edmondson. Ron is a popular blogger and church leader who has become synomous with church planting. Earlier this spring he announced he was leaving the healthy church he planted and taking on a new ministry in a 100+ year old church. You can read the full original post here.
A couple weeks ago, I shared with the church I planted, Grace Community Church, that I was resigning. (You can watch that video HERE.) Leaving Grace is one of the hardest decisions Cheryl and I have ever made and it will always hold a piece of my heart. Grace started with 11 core families and a staff of 3 in our living room about 7 years ago. We’ve seen God do extraordinary things, now averaging over 2,500 in our worship experiences each week.
Grace is in good shape for the future. I don’t believe I would sense God releasing me otherwise. In the providence of God, I recruited a partner in this, my second, church plant. Chad Rowland is fully equipped to lead without me. The staff, who are some of our best friends in ministry, is strong and the team dynamics are extremely healthy. The best days are ahead for Grace.
As for church planting…yes…I love it and always will, but what about church revitalization? To me it’s the same heart. My heart is to see people come to know, love and be like Jesus. I love how that is happening in church plants around the world. As long as I’m breathing I’ll be encouraging church planters and assisting new church plants.
But, what about the older, established church? Who is going to help them thrive again? My heart breaks for church histories, church buildings, and bodies of believers who are mostly being underutilized in their Kingdom potential. I want to play a part in helping an older church see new life. I will begin knowing it will be harder work at times, but confident God is able to work His will in Immanuel through my leadership.
God has been at work at Immanuel for over 100 years. I feel unworthy, humbled and honored to join them in their history, look forward to their future, and celebrate with them what I believe could be their best years still to come.
Prayers appreciated. We will start officially at Immanuel in mid June, but first we want to finish well at Grace, sell a condo quickly and buy a place to live in Lexington. Will you say a prayer (or two) for us in this transition?
Do you have any examples to share of older, established churches that have been revitalized?
Another great guest post in the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave series.
When I worked as the Director of Media and Communications for a church, our leadership asked me, other staff, and a few church members to create a new service targeted at a younger demographic. We knew from the outset that interactivity within a digital realm could be a key component in helping to draw in new members whose fingers were more apt to be wrapped around a cellphone instead of a Bible. To that end, we incorporated a few of the following free online resources that you may find useful in a wide variety of venues, from large worship services to small bible studies.
PollEverywhere is a text-messaging based live polling system that’s perfect for churches. You can create multiple choice polls or free answer questions. Their free option allows for 40 responses per poll, but you’re allowed more if you upgrade. The brilliance of this system is that anyone with a cellphone can text in their answer, just like you’d vote for the next American Idol. Answers then instantly appear on your screens, whether through the PollEverywhere website or via PowerPoint or Keynote slides. Bar charts and percentages update live in front of the whole room, adding tension and a sense of surprise when the group’s answers appear.
We used PollEverywhere for everything from ridiculous ice-breaker questions (What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?) to biblical trivia (How many books are in the Bible?) to gauging the room’s spiritual climate (On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the closest you’ve ever felt to God, where are you right now?). We found this to be a quick way to engage the audience and foster a sense of intimacy even among the 100s in attendance.
From the generous tech gurus at LifeChurch.TV, YouVersion Live Events offers a plethora of options for mobile users, like the ability to:
- follow message outlines on your phone
- read along with the relevant Scripture
- view expanded Scripture sections
- vote on polls
- ask anonymous questions about the message
- give an offering via Paypal
- request prayer
- listen to audio
- watch video
- link to other websites
- share the event via Twitter or Facebook
Note that this is not a downloadable app, so any web-enabled device can access a live event. In order to set up a Live Event, you’ll have to register with YouVersion, then set up a new group. However, end users of Live Events do not have to register with the site. They’ll simply go to a specific URL at the time of your event. Setting up the events is drag-and-drop easy as these tutorial videos attest. The best way to see if this might be useful for you is to sign up, dig in, and promote the URL to your attenders.
- So I went on a bit of a rant here.
- Giving away a book here.
- Trying to live out my own words here.
- I used an awesome photo here.
- Selling a book I wrote here.
- This was the first year in the last 4 that I hadn’t made it to the Leadership Summit (simulcast), thankfully I had some friends who were there.
- Storytelling by Pixar. This has been passed around for awhile but still good.
- Sacred Cows and Trophy Rooms.
- The church and social media, in handy infographic form.
- Learn more than you teach. And 4 other ways to connect.
- What not to do when you are interrupted by someone’s cell phone.
- Mancini on being a more strategic church, loving his book by the way.
- What to look for when hiring a Student Pastor.
- N.T. Wright on women in ministry.
- Justin Taylor on David Barton.
- Rob Bell on homosexuality.
- Always a sucker for a books to read post.
- Matt Wade shares for mistakes made as a Rookie Pastor.
- 6 great games for Student Ministry.
- Who should plant a church?
- Delegate until it stings.
- Don’t hire them if…
- I’ve got a crazy week ahead of me and we are still figuring out this whole parenting thing. Appreciate all the support as things here at Rookie Pastor have suffered a bit. Starting to see some light and appreciate you hanging around.
Guess what, you are going to fail. And when you do it will hurt and you won’t really know what hit you.
You have a choice though. You can either move so cautiously and timidly that your fall is more of a collapse not far from where you started. Or you can move with boldness until you crash out spectacularly. The choice is embarrassment or pain.
Either way the good news is that you can always start over, no matter how much it hurts or how embarrassing it is we all get grace.
We don’t because we don’t know how it will turn out.
We want and wait for a guarantee of success, but all we get is a guarantee of presence. God’s presence is incredible but often not good enough to push us to action.
The conversation never happens. New churches and ministries aren’t started. We hope things will work themselves out. Challenges aren’t issued, dreams aren’t pursued, and relationships never deepen.
Because we are afraid how things will turn out.
God calls us to action not to results.
Moses was given tools (staff) and relationships (Aaron and Miriam) to accomplish the Exodus, but Moses dies in the desert. Peter is given leadership in the early church, but he betrays Jesus in the process and is martyred in the end. David is made king, but wrecks his family and is forbidden from the crowning achievement of building the Temple because of his violent life.
Living in that moment of calling and identity is exciting and exhilarating. The newness of a fresh adventure feeds our egos but it does not sustain.
Sometimes we quit in the middle of it looking for something “more secure”. Or we never venture out past this calling as we wait for the right opportunity or we wait until the conditions are such that we feel we have assured success.
You and I are called to things that may be abject disasters. We could lose income or relationships, church plants and ministries may never take off, critical friends and families are proven correct. Things are a mess but we were obedient.
It is our crippling fear of failure that keeps us disobedient.
You and I will fail.
As followers of Christ we have to accept the fact that God has used failures to do incredible things. What if Peter hadn’t returned to the others to fish? What if Moses walked away from the ungrateful? What if David used his popularity and army to depose Saul before it was time?
Failure can serve a point if we move through it with the confidence of who we are and what our calling is.
Another great guest post in the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave series.
Dan Kihm is a pastor and a Reds fan. Like many of you he started preaching while still in school and is getting ready to head to the Netherlands with his wife as missionaries. Get caught up on their journey here.
I’ve been the Senior Pastor of a small church in Central Indiana for about 7 years now. During that time, I’ve been blessed to have a series of part-time Associate Pastors who have lightened the preaching load. However, I’ve probably averaged 40+ sermons a year.
I enjoy preaching. Truth be told, one of the first reasons I considered ministry as a child is because I like telling stories, and since you have to go to church, you’re bound to have a captive audience. Preaching is enjoyable. And yet, it is exhausting.
If preaching was the only duty of a pastor, that wouldn’t be so bad. But when it becomes an after-thought, an extra assignment tacked onto an already overloaded 40+ work week of meetings, visitation, massaging egos and diffusing tempers, it can be quite taxing.
So what are some ways that I have persevered and preached when not one atom of my being felt like preaching?
I’ve reminded myself of a few things:
- NBC is doing what they always do. Showing tape delayed Olympic footage with way too many human interest stories in the mix. Credit to them for showing some more live footage through the day, but I think 2016 with Rio being a similar time zone it is time to move away from the tape delay.
- Finding balance in your small group.
- Speaking of Olympics if you are looking to buck the tape delay, try this.
- Everyone has good ideas, few people start.
- The Reds are 10-1 since the birth of my son. You’re welcome.
- Did you watch the Hybels family interview yet?
- Seeing an up tick in sales for 30 in 30, not sure why but I appreciate every sale and every review.
- A minister built a 100ft tall church, with no blueprints. Expect this to make its way into sermons and corny jokes soon.
- The Olympic diet, could you honestly get all this down?
- Getting away from the word “missional”.
- My first fantasy football sleeper article.
- Seth Godin – you still have to show up.
- Perry Noble yells at some church planters.
- Church vision and Kony 2012.
- Hey, would you do me a favor and take this survey? It will help me make some important decisions about content moving forward. Thanks in advance.
- Being a parent is overwhelming. In the good, in the tough, in the frustrating, in the joy, in the gross, in the new. Overwhelming.