Showing posts from September, 2014

Exit Etiquette

Last night I  finished a great ministry in an awesome church.  Not all exits are bad.  In our case, God was moving me into church planting - so leaving was bittersweet.  United  respected our decision and loved us till the end.

That said, the way you leave a ministry says a lot about you as a leader.  The calling of God does not end when a man resigns.  The way you leave will define your ministry in the minds of that congregation for years to come.  How can you be sure you leave...well?
1.  Understand your role.  You are no longer their pastor but you can still offer helpful advice that will aid their transition.
... be an encourager.  It is perfectly natural for a church to think "What's wrong with us?" when a man they love resigns for another work.  You need to be sensitive to their needs and affirm them.
... be helpful.  Help the church publicize the vacancy and include contact info of members of the pulpit committee.
... put together a list of immediate needs the chu…

Determining the Will of God

Would be nice to hear from God sometime, wouldn't it?  I mean, we want to be in the center of His will, working in a ministry that honors Him.  It is the deepest desire of my heart to do and be what God would have me do and be.  So...Why is finding the will of God so difficult??  We pray, "Lord, if it is your will, open the door,"  but then two or three doors open simultaneously.  How do you know you are where God wants you to be?

It's interesting the answers you get when you talk to peers about 'God's Will.'  A lot of men believe there is only one church on earth they can serve and be in the center of God's will.  Similarly, and I admit it sounds very romantic, people believe there is only one person in the world they could marry and be in God's will.

If true, what happens if one guy makes the wrong choice in a church or mate??  The whole world is thrown off its axis and people are marrying the wrong people unintentionally; pastors serving the wr…