FIRST-PERSON: The small-church pastor search
No two churches are identical, and no two churches approach their search for a new pastor the same way either. While most churches follow the same general five phases of the pastor search process, they differ in how they complete those phases.
FIRST-PERSON: Look out for these red flags when searching for a pastor
A red flag is a metaphorical warning sign. It signals a potential problem with a particular situation that will require attention to address. Red flags are everywhere. You can spot them in business situations, in relationships, and in emails that claim the sender wants to share their multi-million-dollar inheritance with you!
FIRST PERSON : When the church is silent during Pastor Appreciation Month
If you’re an active church member, you probably know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It’s a time set aside each year for churches to show their pastors how much they love and appreciate them and their families. From the pastor’s perspective, it’s such a joy and encouragement to their soul whenever a church member writes a handwritten note of thanks or the preschool class makes a homemade sign or someone gives him a gift card to take his wife out to dinner at a nice restaurant.
The Recent Resurgence of Baptist Associations
I believe the pandemic has highlighted a recent resurgence in the relevance and value of local Baptist associations within the Southern Baptist Convention.