The recent CDC Report on Teen Mental Health is out and it is not good.
Pastor, I believe it is absolutely critical that as lead pastors, whether we are in our 20's or 60's - we must develop rapport and relationship with the kids in our churches. They need to have a connection to us. We must influence them.
When the tough times come, we need to be able to speak into their lives. When they are learning and growing the most, forming their world view and their assumptions about God - we should have a connection with them. Today I share 5 Reasons Why We Should!
2/25/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 40 - Fantastical Thinking (Deep Dive!) Into Peter's First Letter with Dr. Jeannine Brown
(This is the first 20 minutes of a recent 60 minute conversation I had with Jeannine Brown for my 200churches Podcast. It has not been released yet, so this is a sneak preview!)
Dr. Jeannine Brown from Bethel Seminary joins me to talk about her work on the First Peter volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series. We discuss the content and context of 1 Peter. A fascinating conversation on the text of 1 Peter itself. Let's geek out together!
This week for me has been full, varied, exciting, and filled with a moderate amount of high drama. Today, on Friday, I share two lessons I learn from this week - and truly wonder at the opportunities that next week will bring!
Too often we just try to get by with what we have in ministry, and that includes the volunteers and staff we have, when in reality it just might be that we need more!
And, the MORE we add to our human capital in our church, the better the Body of Christ will be served and equipped. Then, one wonderful cycle starts to turn and people are added to the church, souls are saved, families are healed, and true life change is experienced.
All because we weren't afraid to ask for help!
Okay, maybe it's not my biggest, but this is certainly one of my worst leadership failures in pastoral ministry! I led a team to the cliff, to stand in awe of the view, but then I essentially pushed them off. :-(
The story eventually takes a good turn, in that I want to learn and grow - and I haven't given up, but have gotten much better.
I hope you learn something from this all too true story of ministry failure...
Today Jeff gives you Part 2, where he shares some assumptions he has about preaching, and then some ideas for you to implement that will help you connect with your people and avoid those boring sermons!
We'll all hit those preaching slumps. This is not an episode about how to get out of a slump. It might help, but I've found the only way out of a slump is time, and prayer, and a little diligence.
But this IS an episode about how to create an interesting sermon or message. The things on this episode are true! Move heaven and earth to not bore your people with God or his Word.
This is Part 1 - tomorrow is Part 2. Enjoy!
I've been a part of A LOT of leadership team meetings over the last 40+ years. The good, the bad, and of course - the UGLY.
I was thinking the other day about what the essential elements of an effective leadership team meeting are, and I've come up with three. Likely, you are planning for your next meeting even this week - and I hope that this episode gets you thinking in some helpful directions!
2/11/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 39 - Discipleship, Bi-Vocational Ministry, Church Planting, Roosters, and Airplanes with Ray Brandon
Ray Brandon is a pastor who planted his church almost 20 years ago, and has like many of you expanded his ministry reach and involvement. I've known Ray for more than 30 years and am not surprised at the level of pastoral and ministry excellence and integrity he has achieved.
Enjoy this episode - i hope you are inspired and encouraged as much as I was!
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2/10/2023 0 Comments
Episode 225 - A Very Sad Week
This week's earthquake in Turkey and Syria have been catastrophic and horrific. How can we even fathom the horror? It causes me to consider the Great Commission and the need for the Gospel around the world, and right next door..
Jeff Keady has been a pastor for 35 years and podcaster to pastors for 9 years - Coaching For Pastors is his latest podcast!