Most preachers have preferred topics and themes with which they are most comfortable. The problem with sermon non-planning is the tendency to rerun our favorites or fly to our comfort zones.
It is excruciating for me to recall some of the dumb things I did. I am so grateful for church members who demonstrated love and grace.
The needs of both believers and unbelievers are the same in any church, no matter the size. And the Savior who meets their needs is the same One.
In a session on marriage and missions, the trainer asked a group of hopeful church planters, “Men, who’s your pastor?” He waited. Crickets.
Never let the ministry become just a job, or preaching just a task, or worship just a calendar event, or prayer just a ritual.
God knows exactly what kind of pastor your church needs. God called you, not someone else, to be the under shepherd at that church.
While preaching the gospel—the one story of Scripture of God’s plan to redeem people from sin through Jesus—is critical, it is not all a pastor does.
God is much more interested in your faithfulness than your fame. Before you seek to expand your platform, dig in to Jesus.
We are a people who are deeply connected to and influenced by the content we absorb.
You do not have enough time or energy to do everything that is expected of you. I’m in that same leaky boat.