You can pick up a copy on Amazon.
- Top blog lists like these always get a lot of attention, but its even more interesting how people interpret them.
- Interesting to see what other people are doing with their email newsletters, lots to learn. By the way have you signed up for mine?
- Worship slides, differently.
- Ministers implode, they don’t explode.
- Christian denominations as NFL teams.
- What Rob Bell is reading.
- Are you a celebrity pastor? Do you want to be?
- Ron Swanson on bacon, slam poetry style.
- So how many unchurched people are there in the U.S.? Would you guess more than 100 million?
- Twitter was designed for introverts.
- John Piper made me cringe and then one of the main innovators and practitioners of the emerging church movement comment on the post.
- The Christian Standard changes their format and tries to reach everybody in the process.
- In my humble opinion Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a horrible idea.
- Some of the basics of multi-site.
- Great take on creative communications using graphics, video, and typography.
- Megachurches and the poor.
- The Colts gave away a win yesterday.
- I’m praying for more boldness in my life, but not weirdness.
- A full post is coming but a big thanks to all the contributors for the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave. Ready to be back into some more regular work here. However don’t be afraid to talk to me about guest blogging.
- Search Engine Term That Led Someone Here of the Week: “when preaching god, it doesnt feal real”
If you have been around here long enough or perused the archives deep enough you know that much of the early work on this blog was spent examining the emerging church and looking for redeeming values to it. I was never a practitioner or proponent of the movement but respected aspects of it from a distance.
In a similar way I do not consider myself reformed and while I hold Piper in high regard I often cringe not necessarily at what he communicates but how he chooses to communicate it.
The Emerging Church has fell apart in many respects but to talk about the leaders living “immoral lives” and being “in shambles” was one of those cringe moments.
So what do you think will there be any expressions of the emerging/Emergent church in 10 years?
Is Piper’s analysis accurate?
Get comfortable saying: “I was wrong”.
The stereotype of you and me, is that we are blinded by our arrogance.
The stereotype that we have about those more veteran pastors is that they are set in their ways and afraid to change.
Being wrong really hurts our ego, but when we protect our ego we cause real damage. See our mistakes aren’t that big of a deal.
The blame passing.
When we don’t own up to the mistakes that’s when real problems emerge. Very rarely does something “just work itself out” and “riding it out” never really gets you anywhere.
Those mistakes you are afraid to own up to, the mistakes you are embarrassed to claim; no one else will remember them in a month. No one else cares about this like you do.
You do have options. You can make changes.
It is called leadership.
Another great guest post in the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave series.
Not every day is an easy day in student ministries.
Anyone the is even two months in on a good internship can tell you that. Well, today was a day and a half for me. While I won’t go into why, I will go into what I learned from this difficult day. Anyone can choose to do a tough day alone, with Jesus, or with their spouse. Occasionally, going it alone will be okay, other times, one may suffer for choosing to go solo. Moreover, moving through a difficult day with a team can also be varied in a few key ways. Recently, the team that I am a part of, has been faced with a couple of rocky days- emergencies with students, families, and each other; all things that are normal in any church environment.
However, today was different in that the whole team was in the office, and we all dealt with the emotion of the situation at the same time. For us, timing was key.
I learned a few things today:
- It’s good to have a team that has your back. Maybe your team is made up of staff in your department, or maybe it’s your church staff working as a team, or maybe your team is made up of elders and veteran volunteers. Any of those options can make a great team. If you don’t have a team, find one! If you feel there is a rift in your team right now, be part of the solution to fix it!
- Moments of honesty are healthy. You need to have moments where you can speak freely with your team. Be wise and don’t let this become gossip, because we all know that it can. However, as a team, with trust and confidentiality, you should be able to be honest. Speak your mind, vent if you have to. If you don’t have some one to vent to, find someone pronto! Continue Reading…
Another great guest post in the Rookie Pastor Paternity Leave series.
I met Andrew Gale the first weekend of college and after an interesting start (a whole other story) we quickly became close friends. After he graduated he was a youth pastor before moving into the role of Pastor of Missions at a great church on the north side of Indianapolis. Andrew serves as a liaison between the church and the various missionaries and projects the church supports around the world. Seeing as how he is this unique position I wanted him to share what the local church can provide to missionaries they support. Andrew was also the first person I knew to really get into Facebook back in the mid 2000′s.
What do most missionaries need?
1. Encouragement: One of the biggest struggles I hear from missions partners is that they feel isolated. And, of course, isolation comes with the territory when you choose to live thousands of miles from friends and family Emails, letters, calls, skype, commenting on their blogs, etc. can go a long way to help provide some semblance of normalcy.
2. Care for their kids: Most missionaries will say one of the most important things to them is to have their kids cared for. Many kids come back to the states feeling like an outsider. They have straddled two cultures in formative years. The term used to describe this is Third Culture Kids. Do some research and find ways to help these kids feel loved and affirmed!
3. To be seen as humans: The same is true for parents as it is for kids. Cross-cultural survival demands a person to learn to live in a new culture. This often means abandoning aspects of their home culture. And yet, you are never fully a part of the culture you are serving and your new life experiences make you less like the culture you came from. You now officially feel like a cultural outsider.
This is part of a blog series that has 30 practical tips for the pastor looking to start or restart well. You can get the entire series as a Kindle book. The landing page will be updated with each new post.
Have I mentioned that ministry is hard? Because it is.
For no other reason than to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t know everything and isn’t immersed in your context. Someone from the outside is going to give you two things that are of vast importance.
Personal care focus.
If you don’t give a mentor freedom to be honest you are wasting your time. Meeting face to face may not be feasible so use technology and the bluntness it fosters. Sending an email or leaving a voicemail forces you to get to the point, and in turn forces them to be clear.
Talking to people you respect and can learn from in your community is important but if you stop there you are headed towards burnout. An outside mentor isn’t primarily concerned with your church; they are concerned about you. As you lead it will be easy to forget about self-care and growing spiritually, a mentor can encourage you and challenge you as needed.
Those who think they don’t need a mentor probably need one the most.
The mission that faces today’s church is clear. God’s Word is direct with the command to “Go and Tell.”(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15) However the question still remains, “What is the best tool or method for reaching people more effectively? How can a church get more members engaged in reaching those in their community?”
It was with that question that the vision of SmartReach was born. Churches have used many tools over the years to help assist in more organized and effective outreach. However these tools have either been hard to use or not convenient to implement and they don’t use key technologies that would help to make outreach more efficient.
SmartReach is a powerful iPhone & iPad Application that focuses on harnessing two key technologies to help make church outreach more effective and productive. SmartReach has been designed to combine the power of Coordination with the power of Location to produce an effective and efficient tool to help the church reach their community.
SmartReach equips churches for effective and efficient outreach by using the power of coordination – a real time cloud based server that is able to update and communicate with multiple devices at a time. This keeps your outreach team updated with the latest changes to information.
This morning I reached the pinacle of my musical career and promptly retired.
I was up to preach and our worship pastor, Cameron Sprinkle led by himself. It was just going to be the two of us on stage for the morning. For the first song he had the idea of setting up a bass drum and pulling someone up to play quarter notes and keep the beat. Sometimes you need a little something extra on that first song. During rehearsal he had me come up so he could practice with someone and I was way off. I’m the guy who can’t clap and sing at the same time.
I told him I wasn’t the guy for the job and he agreed.
Or so I thought. I’m literally walking through the auditorium door to get some water as the first service started when Cameron called me up to play. I could have killed him.
It was literally the most nerve racking experience on stage I have ever had. I think I survived, but like I’ve always said: never trust a man who doesn’t tie his shoes.
Now on to the links:
- So what should I be watching this premier week? Any shows you would recommend?
- I get about half of the jokes here, maybe you’ll get the other half.
- This political season see a lot of people around me advocating for a return to the Founding Father’s intent. Just a couple of comments on this notion: first of all things were not as clear cut and obvious as someone may want it to be and second at the founding the vast majority couldn’t vote and slavery existed.
- While on the topic of politics, who else is excited about this movie?
- Michael Lewis has an interesting piece on the President.
- Set your group up for dialog.
- Ben Arment dropping wisdom.
- Todd Rhoades has been a blogging machine lately, really solid content.
- Ben Reed on what he wished he had known in seminary.
- Stop Trying to Look Cool in Front of Seth Godin.
- Sidewalk chalk, marketing and a new church.
- Rick Warren on Nehemiah’s strategy for handling conflict.
- Jonathan Pearson tells us how social media is changing the Christian faith.
- Tim Stevens on some advice for writers.
So why post this here on Rookie Pastor?
Well you have the leadership aspect. The creation of incredible, substantive art. Perhaps a look at how faith informed the abolition movement.
Plus last time I checked this is my blog