Lead Well – At Home — by Ed Stetzer
People often ask why I tweet so much about my family. Obviously, I value my wife, Donna, and my three daughters. So I express that in my social media activity.
But once the idea of family comes up, people often ask, “How are you able to take your children with you as you travel and minister?” And, “How do you balance your hectic work/ministry schedule with a healthy family life?”
One great ministry challenge is to serve in a way that values, affirms and protects our children. We talk of burnout with pastors and their wives, but we rarely associate burnout with children. Yet can they not experience the same thing if they are an integral part of your life and ministry? Of course they can.
5 Things I Learned Sending A Son Away To College — by Ron Edmondson
I loved the time with our boys at home. We had great relationships. They were (and are) two of my best friends.
The first son attended a local college and lived at home most of the time. It was a different season, but we still got to spend a lot of time together. The youngest went to school 8 hours from home.
I’ll never forget the feelings of driving away from him freshmen year. Wow! It was painful. I mourned. I cried. It was a deeply sad occasion. If you’re going through that now — I’m praying for you as I type this post.
9 Sins the Church is Okay With — by Frank Powell
I think there’s a lesson [in the Challenger tragedy] for the church. What if the big sins, you know the ones you try hardest to avoid, aren’t the greatest threat to your joy and the church’s mission?
Maybe it’s the sins lying underneath, the ones considered normal or acceptable, the ones going undetected, that are affecting the church the most. I want to address 9 of these sins.
The phrases “do not fear” and “do not be afraid” appear 365 times in the Bible. Ironic? I think not. And here’s what I think the church misses about fear. Let me pose this as a question. What is the opposite of fear? Courage? Bravery? William Wallace?
To Live and To Proclaim — by Lindsay Courina
My kids were six months old and three years old when I prayed a powerful, scary prayer one day in my living room: God, use me.
My life was certainly full of good things, which evidenced God already at work in my life, but it felt small. Not because my work as a stay-at-home mom was insignificant, but because much of my life was lived within the safe walls of our church and home. And although on one level I felt I couldn’t take on more than keeping my home, loving my husband, nursing an infant, and disciplining a toddler, my heart cried out for something more, and I found myself whispering that prayer.
God, use me.
Brothers, Serve in the Nursery — by Samuel Emadi
Six months ago I volunteered to do a stint as an assistant teacher in my church’s two-to-three-year-old Sunday school class. My main motivation for volunteering was to help my son adjust to the class. I hoped my presence would calm his fears and within a month or two I’d be able to quietly slip away. He made the adjustments just fine, but six months later I still found myself serving in this capacity. I entered the situation assuming I was simply helping my son make some adjustments in his life. It turns out God was helping me make some adjustments in mine.
Cultivating Pastoral Character
As I’ve observed, many seminary students and other brothers aspiring to pastoral ministry are always on the lookout for opportunities to serve in the church. Regrettably, I think sometimes we have our sights set on only one type of service—public teaching. Of course, nothing is necessarily wrong with desiring to exercise your gifts, putting them under the evaluation of the church, and cultivating pastoral skills for future ministry. The problem is that many aspiring pastors fall into the trap of thinking this only happens by engaging in the adult teaching ministry of the church.