Easter Sunday – Empty

Many years ago I was asked to perform a graveside service for a man I barely knew. I was young and inexperienced and wanted to say a few words of comfort. I fumbled my way through the ceremony and came to the c...

10 Ways to NOT Mess up Your Easter Service

The holidays are a time that we can sometime swing to extremes. As leaders in the church, we are not immune to the temptations. In fact, they seem to become heightened as we plan for the special services of the...

Designed For Connection

Our fast-paced, screen focused life styles have created a void where meaningful relationships are difficult to establish and nourish. God designed us as individuals, families and as churches to function best wh...

Preaching must be gospel-focused

Arturo Azurdia III was the featured speaker in Southeastern Baptist Seminary's recent Adams Lecture Series. Azurdia is associate professor of pastoral theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., and the sen...

Listen Up!

In an issue of his Ministry Toolbox, Rick Warren advises, “One of the most common causes of frustration and friction in ministry is that we don't really listen to each other. Too often we talk at each other rat...

You can’t do it all

In a recent issue of his Ministry Toolbox newsletter, Rick Warren said, “Every church must eventually decide whether it is going to be structured for control or structured for growth.  For a church to grow, bot...