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The pastor’s dilemma: To friend or not to friend

The pastor’s dilemma: To friend or not to friend

A Baptist pastor and columnist recently wrote that becoming friends with members of his church was bumping up against his seminary training. “The standard and dominant view is that the office of pastor has clearly defined boundaries and roles,” Kyle Childress said in a column for Faith & Leadership, an online leadership education journal published […]

Donations are up – Except at church

Donations are up – Except at church

Are people in the pew pinching their pennies? Across the country, congregations and denominations are recording year-over-year declines in giving. For some it’s reached panic time. What’s going on? Have general economic conditions made people stingier? Apparently not. National statistics show that overall charitable giving has actually increased in recent years. And donations are expected […]

Top ten ways churches drive away first-time guests

Top ten ways churches drive away first-time guests

If you attend a church regularly, you’ve probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did a Twitter poll to ask these first-time guests why they chose not to return to a particular church. While […]

I’m Not Just Emotional

I’m Not Just Emotional

I’m just not emotional”…we’ve all heard that before, or, maybe you are the one saying it. The first and most obvious reason for lack of emotion toward God is that many don’t have a strong relationship with Him…people have religion but not a true relationship. For this reason, Jesus states, “These people draw near to […]

7 Qualities Jesus Seeks In His Church

7 Qualities Jesus Seeks In His Church

  It’s been five years since I’ve had a church to call home. Three interim churches, a couple of moves and now I’m adrift. It’s time to start looking for a church where I can be one of the folks. What should I look for? I think I’ll look for the things Jesus looks for […]

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