“Keys” to Ministry: A Church Pianist’s Perspective

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com      There have been untold hundreds, yea, thousands of books written about ministry from the perspective of a pastor, or perhaps even a missionary.  However, it is uncommon to find a book about church ministry from the perspective of the church pianist.  This is actually somewhat surprising to me; almost … Continue reading “Keys” to Ministry: A Church Pianist’s Perspective

God’s Schedule, God’s Supply: A Message For Ministry

This post is a condensed version of a message I preached last fall. In Mark 6, Jesus calls the 12 disciples to go out and preach.  As they were doing so, they were to minister to those they met.  They were to take none of the comforts of life with them.  They were to trust God to provide for them, and evidently, God did, because they … Continue reading God’s Schedule, God’s Supply: A Message For Ministry

Guest Post: Will Berry – Spiritual Abstraction

I certainly don’t agree with everything discussed on TED Talks, but I find some of their content to be quite insightful. I recently watched one of their videos titled “When Money Isn’t Real: The $10,000 Experiment.” It featured a money expert, Adam Carroll, talking about an experiment he enacted on his children. He theorized that … Continue reading Guest Post: Will Berry – Spiritual Abstraction

Book Review: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

     One of my New Year’s Plans for 2019 was to read a book each month.  I kicked things off with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in January.  I had heard a lot about this book, but had never personally read it.  Last summer, I came across a copy of it at … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

Guest Post: Ted Inman – The Sandbox

I remember trying to dig to China in the sandbox with a plastic spade and bucket, and I imagine that you probably did the same. In a kid’s brain, it made sense that if you dug a hole deep enough you would eventually end up behind the Bamboo Curtain. It goes without saying that I … Continue reading Guest Post: Ted Inman – The Sandbox

Youth Pastors, Don’t Be Cool; Be Biblical!

Teens today face many problems unique to their generation.  They live in a society that constantly attempts to pressure them into ungodly living.  Meanwhile, church attendance by younger generations seems to be declining.  Often, when teenagers reach adulthood, they drop out of church completely.      The modern youth pastor wants to build a lasting relationship … Continue reading Youth Pastors, Don’t Be Cool; Be Biblical!

Don’t Make A Resolution — Make A Plan!

It’s that time of year again: Christmas time, with all its activity and celebration, to be followed by New Years, when we all make resolutions.  Let’s be honest, we all know that most of the time, these resolutions only last a short while.  Much has been said about how to actually keep your New Year’s … Continue reading Don’t Make A Resolution — Make A Plan!

10 Tips for a Successful Special Music Ministry

Special music can add so much to a service, when done with the right heart and in the right manner.  It is a blessing when a church has a great number of folks willing to volunteer their time and effort to be a blessing to others and praise the Lord through song.  However, it can … Continue reading 10 Tips for a Successful Special Music Ministry

Guest Post: Will Berry – Be The Real Deal

There is not much I envy about ancient days or even just a century or two ago. I love running water, electricity is nice, and I don’t think they had waffles back then. Modern advances in medicine, transportation, and entertainment are wonderful for quality of life. But there is one thing about the past that … Continue reading Guest Post: Will Berry – Be The Real Deal

Scheduling Blocks of Time: A Helpful Time-Management Tool

Confession: I’m very bad at time management.  I’m not an expert by any means.  Everything I’ve learned about it, I’ve learned the hard way. Not too long ago I learned the importance of carving out blocks of time to accomplish weekly tasks.  During what has been the busiest season of my ministry life yet, it … Continue reading Scheduling Blocks of Time: A Helpful Time-Management Tool