How To Thrive in Winter Ministry

Winter can be tough on a church if the pastor and people are not prepared.  Make the most out of your ministry during this Winter!

One of the benefits of serving God in New England is that we get to experience all four seasons.  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter all have their pros and cons.  New Englanders usually have strong feelings about which ones they like and dislike.  Nevertheless, we are privileged to experience them in all of their glory. Each season presents its own challenges to ministry.  We won’t list them all here.  In this article, we will focus on ministry in the Winter.

If you want to have a fruitful ministry in New England, you must make peace with Winter.  That’s easier for some people than others.  If you grew up in the northern United States, you are probably accustomed to cold weather, snow accumulation, and winter storms. Some people even enjoy Winter!  However, if you have never lived or ministered up North, you are in for a treat.  Many well-intentioned preachers have moved to New England believing that God wanted them to serve here, only to quit because of the Winter.  Either God never called them to New England, or they left God’s will because they didn’t consider how to serve God successfully during the cold winter months.  I don’t make that statement as a criticism but as a fact.

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4 Ingredients of Effective Biblical Leadership

Leadership Meeting Teaching Outline

Serving God is a great privilege and a heavy responsibility.  These four simple ingredients will lift your ministry effectiveness to new heights.

This outline was recently taught at our monthly Leadership Meeting for all ministry workers and helpers.  I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.

1. Preparation

Preparation is vital to success. The servant of God must have time to prepare His mind, heart, and material.  Build preparation time into your schedule.

  • Preparation of Schedule
  • Preparation of Walking with God
  • Preparation of a Holy Life
  • Preparation of Hard Work
  • Preparation of Bible Material

2 Timothy 2:21  “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Don’t get swept up in the craziness of life.  You will need to purge some things from your life in order to (more…)

12 Tested Ingredients of a Powerful Missionary Letter

Paul gave an account of his missionary endeavors when he had the opportunity. Through the technology of the day, you can provide regular reports quite easily. The prayer letter is your only regular interaction with supporters. Make sure it is well thought out, prepared, and powerful!

Acts 14:27   And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

Here are twelve tested ingredients to writing a powerful support letter:

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The Foundation of a Great Missionary Letter

As our church was in the process of doing an audit of our Global Missions impact, I spent a year reading through scores of missionary and church planting letters sent to our church.  Some of these letters were from missionaries we supported financially while some of them were from ministries we did not support.  I was amazed at some of the trends I saw in these letters so I went back several months into the letters to see whether the trends I saw were outliers or consistent themes of each ministry.

I came to the following conclusions: (more…)

10 Easy Outdoor Projects For Your Church

People are drawn to activity.  Make sure your church is a good testimony to the community.  Outdoor projects are a lasting advertisement for your church.  Here are 10 easy ideas.

A seasoned pastor told me a few years ago to complete an outside project at church at least once a year.  The positive changes create interest in the community and excitement among the church members.  Activity is a sign of life.  Dead things don’t move.  Make sure your community knows that your church is alive and well. (more…)