This past Sunday, I found myself in a unique situation. Pastor Shane was slated to preach, a group of other folks from the church were leading the music, and my only in-service responsibility was to do the welcome prior to the sermon. I’m not entirely sure where the idea came from—maybe it was the Father’s Day mojo?—but I decided to volunteer in our children’s ministry for both services. Here are four things that I’ve been thinking about since Sunday.
In 2010, Christianity Today International conducted a survey of nearly 3,000 church leaders and members. The purpose of the survey was to explore attitudes and beliefs about whether or not to allow sex offenders to participate in church gatherings. According to the survey, 20% of leaders knew of at least one convicted sex offender who was attending or was a member of their church. 80% of the respondents agreed that that sex offenders who have legally paid for their crime should be welcomed into churches. Alongside this welcoming posture of grace, pastors and church have a responsibility to shepherd the congregations we lead with wisdom. We have to think about possible worst-case scenarios before they happen. In light of this, here are 12 things to consider when crafting a policy for registered sex offenders.
This week's roundup features an invitation to a coaching cohort led by Mike Cosper entitled, "The Pastor & Spiritual Formation." You'll also find resources on disciplining children (yes, there is a discussion on spanking), the vitality of solitude, engaging a culture you don't like anymore, and the 10x mindset.
Hi, guys. This is Mike Cosper from Sojourn Network and I'm really excited to announce the launch of our Fall cohort, The Pastor and Spiritual Formation. What we're after in this is not just another conversation about "What are the disciplines," or "What's the theology of the disciplines?" We're really after trying to move from concept to practice, from a deep sense of integration, and really a deep sense of congruency in our lives between things we believe, the things we do, and the ways we think and feel and act about them. So it's truly a time where I think we're gonna be able to have some deep reflection together and some deep conversations about what it means to be reformed and transformed into the image of Christ.
This week's roundup features a paper by Dave Harvey entitled, "What We Mean When We Say 'Care.'" We're also rounding up resources from the ERLC, Verge Network, and Ed Stetzer. You'll find the counter-intuitive wisdom in the power of failing well, and the life-giving grace found in broken mentors. Enjoy!
Pastor Jeremy Linneman of Trinity Community Church in Columbia, Missouri discusses transitioning from a church staff role to church planting, reminding us that "soul work is slow work."
"Celebration Sunday" in Athens, Indiana is a special time. It is an opportunity to hear story after story and see men, women, and children transformed by the gospel of the Lord Jesus. It is a Sunday service dedicated entirely to celebrating what God has done in their lives and in the life of the church. I sat down with Aaron Lentz, Lead Pastor of Athens Church, to ask him about their celebration services and how it is that they've become such an integral part of their rhythm as a church.
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to go to Huntsville to listen and learn from Elliot Grudem with about 40 other guys. Something that he said during our time together resonated with me and has challenged me to take a long contemplative pause. He asked the question, “If you had to describe Jesus in one word, what word would you choose?” That’s a good question…a really good question.