Church Life · Counseling · Culture · Encouragement · Ministry

Creating a Church Culture of Helping People

This post was written for the Foundations Christian Counseling blog and originally appeared on January 18, 2019. Tim Madden is the Pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church in Northeast, PA.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve noticed how he encourages his church to get trained in ministry, even if the training is over ten hours away! … Continue reading Creating a Church Culture of Helping People

Church Life · Discipleship · Spiritual Growth

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part III

This is a three part series on how to help people grow spiritually.  Part I explained that we need to listen well, be gentle, and help bear others’ burdens. Part II addressed  how we need to speak truth, check up on people, and how we can minister to them in the area of the fruit of the… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part III

Church Life · Discipleship · Spiritual Growth · Uncategorized

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part II

This is a three part series called “Helping People Grow Spiritually.” In Part 1  we talked about how we need to be good listeners, gentle, patient, and help bear others’ burdens This week we will talk about why we need to speak truth, check up on those we are helping and how we can minister… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part II

Bear Burdens · Church Life · Discipleship · Great Commission · Spiritual Growth

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part I

Jesus assigns His disciples The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20. Fulfilling that commandment is important for every believer, not just a church pastor. Training Christians to train Christians is our goal. When it comes to helping people in the church grow spiritually, we have several different definitions of how we do that. Some would use… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part I

Bible Study · Church Life · Pastoring · Sermon

Why Cross-Centered Preaching?

Almost a year ago I wrote articles on what is known as cross-centered theology. Cross-centered theology basically declares that everything that we are called to do as Christians is directly related to the cross.  Salvation is our primary benefit of the cross, reconciling us with God again and securing our eternity in Heaven to worship… Continue reading Why Cross-Centered Preaching?

Church Life · Confession · God's Word · Meditation · Sermon

3 Ways to Interact with a Sermon

For about six years I had no molding on the inside of my office door. There was just a large gap between the door and sheetrock. As someone who is a little of a perfectionist, this bothered me. After a while, however, I completely ignored it because I became comfortable with it. Finally today, as… Continue reading 3 Ways to Interact with a Sermon

Church Life · Conflict · Leadership · Marriage · Resolution

Praise in Public, Confront in Private

I first heard the phrase, “Praise in public, confront in private,” years ago. I was with a group of leaders from my church and we were at a conference in Rochester, NY. The speaker talked about how this was one of the policies that they had in their church. Conflict is one of the things… Continue reading Praise in Public, Confront in Private

Church Life · Decorating · Music · The Tabernacle · Worship · Worship Arts

Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle

One debate  which rages on within denominational Christianity is what worship in the church should look like. How we dress, what instruments we use, what our buildings look like, and how we present the truth. The way things look, smell, and sound are different in every church. Some churches may seem (what some would consider)… Continue reading Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle

Celebrate · Church Life · Pain · Worship

Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the Church

We hear a lot of talk about how churches should be diverse. How Jesus breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, age, economic status, and academic knowledge. All these things are true, but I think there’s one place we forget to look for diversity within our church service. We come to the church from different places.… Continue reading Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the Church

Church Life · Communion · Cornerstone · Men's Ministry · Spiritual Growth · Top Topics · Womens Ministry

10 Ways to Spiritually Grow at Your Church

There are many people who can grow spiritually at their church. The problem many people have is not a lack of opportunities to grow, but they are not taking advantage of those opportunities. I am going to list some ways to spiritually grow at our church. If you are reading this, and attending another church,… Continue reading 10 Ways to Spiritually Grow at Your Church