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What is the Local Church?

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And why are the reforming markers of the church (preaching and ordinances) so crucial for understanding what the church is? The church is a group of Christians (those partaking in the New Covenant with God by believing in Jesus Christ) who, together, identify themselves and others as followers of Jesus through regularly gathering in His name, preaching the Gospel, and...

5 Essential Things to Consider When Planning Communion

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Communion services are one of the most important services we have the opportunity to lead our churches in on a regular basis. Communion should never be something that becomes so routine that it loses it impact, it should also be something that is done regularly and with great intentionality. When planning a communion service, here are five things to keep...

14 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Pastors

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By definition, a pastor is one who "shepherds his flock."  You know this means he preaches, officiates weddings, and probably has meetings in his office to explain some theological question; but what is the role of pastor really like?  Here are 14 surprising facts you may not know about pastors: We fight the balance between pleasing...

Questions a Pastor Should Ask in an Interview

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In preparation for my assignment to Grace Chapel (by God’s sovereign will) I had already served in four other churches. One of those churches was the role of Senior Pastor. Because of my experience in candidating before, my wife and I were resolved to ask the right questions, this time, to ensure we had a proper understanding of the...

If We Wait Long Enough, Will Change Just Go Away?

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The church where I serve, Grace Chapel, has experienced a lot of changes over the last few years. Whether by policy changes, process changes or pastoral changes, we have had many things adjust around us. When these changes happen, they can be unsettling, worrisome and emotionally draining. There comes a point when we want change to stop, so we ask...

Tips and Templates for Performing a Wedding

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One of the joys in my pastoral ministry has been to prepare people for marriage and then stand at the end of the isle with them as they make their vow for a life of love. Weddings are special. Each one is full of life-long memorable moments. Every wedding I have done has been as unique as the couple that...

6 Strategic Initiatives for Discipleship

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We have no greater mission as followers of Christ, or as His bride, the Church, than to see people come into a relationship with Christ AND live out their faith by observing all that Jesus has commanded. At Mission Hills, we will live out our cause to call people to greater Disciples of Christ by being intentional not only...

The Essential Elements of Christian Corporate Worship

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Within the Body of Christ, worship is more than musical songs of great arrangement or harmonious melody. Worship is the underlying effort of all the saints gathering together to praise God through song, proclamation, fellowship and giving. In the book, Worship and Entertainment, A.W. Tozer states that worship is to be the perfect mixture of admiration, fascination resulting in...

The Biblical Mandate and Procedure for Church Discipline

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God has laid out a clear mandate and plan the universal church to call people to repentance because He cares for the souls of men and their reconciliation unto Himself. Many people over the years of church history have avoided the commands to discipline people for the sake of repentance. Some church congregations have made excuses as to why...

Why OmniFocus is Great for Pastors

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The main role of a pastor is to care for the sheep. One of the main ways that we care for those in our churches is by meeting (or exceeding) expectations. If a pastor remains unorganized, then he is bound to fail expectations and therefore not tend to the sheep. Why are met expectations essential for shepherding? As pastors, we represent...

Swindoll on Spurgeon and Pastoral Criticism

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My sister sent me this article, and I felt it was something that needed to be shared. For more resources from Chuck Swindoll visits www.Insight.org. Spurgeon's Channel of Encouragement  by Charles R. Swindoll Read Matthew 5:10--12 Charles Haddon Spurgeon remains one of the most colorful and gifted preachers in the history of the church. Any man who loves to preach and desires to cultivate...

Church Incident Report Form

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If you have worked in a church, you are aware that ministry is messy. There are times where things happen that require a record for liability reasons. I've created this form and it have served as an adequate tool for capturing what needs to be captured for events of great enough magnitude to require it. I hope it is...