Bible Reading · Children · Christian music · Faith · Ministry · Missions · Prayer · Serving

Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Recently Lifeway Research asked Christian adults about their faith practices as children. The study surveyed 2,000 Protestant and non-denominational adults. If we understand what helped these adults grow in their faith from childhood, we can apply those practices to help our children grow in their faith. First, we must understand that there are no guarantees… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Bible Study · Church · Church Life · Ministry · Pastoring · Theology

Three Ways to Support Your Pastor’s Theology

I am blessed to pastor a small church in the hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania for more than 12 years. This church has been a blessing to me in many ways. I want to share one important way they have supported me, hoping to inspire other churches to do the same: continued theological study. I will… Continue reading Three Ways to Support Your Pastor’s Theology

Ministry

From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

I was a youth and music minister, 2005-2007, in a small town called Wauchula, FL.  I enjoyed my time there greatly, and there were a lot of “salt of the earth“ type people. This was my first full-time job right out of college. The majority of my time was spent being a pastor to teenagers.… Continue reading From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

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 · Ministry · Pastoring · Prayer

Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

From what people tell me at the church I pastor, I have a lot of people praying for me. Prayer is a funny thing in that, often we don’t know what to pray for someone else, and it can turn into vain repetition. I thought it would be helpful to share with people how they… Continue reading Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning