Sunday School is an untapped powerhouse of every church. Jumpstart yours with these proven principles.
A Pastor asked me to give him some ideas about reenergizing a stagnant Sunday School program and increasing its attendance. What a great question! As I was meditating on the answer, I sensed that I should write an article about it to help others with the same question.
Also, the article would be a good reminder of the principles we teach to our own Sunday School workers at Curtis Corner Baptist Church.
I believe in the Sunday School ministry. When done correctly, it will strengthen and invigorate your entire church. Here are ten proven principles that will supercharge your Sunday School program.
1. Make Sunday School the preeminent ministry.
Sunday School should be the most important ministry in the Church. It has been used of God like no other ministry since its inception. It has a unique structure that can still be used to change the world. A correctly organized Sunday School program will enhance your church in every way. It will increase the potential of even the smallest church to (more…)
How will you stand when all the forces of Hell fight to run you off from the ministry to which God has called you? Here are 10 principles that will keep you in God’s will.
2 Timothy 4:16–17 “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
The Apostle Paul learned to walk with God when His foes attacked him, and his friends forsook Him. He was able to finish his course and keep the faith. We can do the same with God’s help.
I spend my life trying to help people find God’s will and do it. It’s exciting to see the hand of God move in lives as He reveals His calling and place of service to a surrendered life. However, submitting to God’s will is half the battle. Now, you have to stay in it until you see the Lord!
Serving God in the ministry is simultaneously the most wonderful privilege and the most difficult burden. You will see God accomplish incredible feats, but you will see satan win needless victories. You will see the view from the mountain tops, but you must walk through the valley of the shadow of death to get there. You will witness miracles of resurrection power, but you will weep as some commit spiritual suicide.
A pastor has the privilege of seeing people at their best, yet also at their worst. What will you do when (more…)
Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual battle. They need an abundance of prayer to survive and thrive. How much do you pray for pastors?
1 Thessalonians 5:25 “Brethren, pray for us.”
This verse is the cry of every pastor. They are keenly aware of their need for God.
Here are five reasons to pray fervently and often for your pastor.
1. Pastors represent God.
Wow. Think about that statement.
Pastors represent the Almighty Creator of the Universe in a community. They are the undershepherd of Jesus Christ leading local congregations. This high calling is a great privilege and a terrible responsibility.
A humble pastor knows that he is not worthy of the title. Yet, he accepts it in obedience to God’s call.
1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
Only through God’s grace and intercessory prayer of others can a pastor hope to satisfy his high calling. (more…)
If we hope to turn America back to God, we must Save New England. Its influence is affecting you every day even if you don’t realize it. Here are three ways you can help us plant churches in New England.
God still calls men to do His work. How shall the lost hear the gospel without a preacher? They won’t. We are praying that God would send us called and consecrated men to start churches and pastor existing churches. Some men will come ready to start a church right away while others may need some time to finish preparation. Through the Save New England ministry, God is opening up summer internships for college students and lay staff positions to allow newcomers to New England to acclimate to the culture before starting a church or taking a pastorate.
We love to connect pastors new to the area with (more…)
New England. Is it a hopeless spiritual graveyard or an open door ready for revival? Find out why I believe we can win souls, plant churches, and experience revival in New England.
Countless New England towns enjoy white steeples rising above beautiful buildings and lush tree lines. Unfortunately, many of these churches have long since died. Their buildings and steeples are fossils of a bygone era. New England was the cradle of Christianity in America. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached powerfully throughout the region. Every village, town, and city was influenced by Christ and the power of the Gospel.
Some of history’s greatest preachers shook the territory for Christ. Wesley, Whitfield, Moody, Spurgeon, and more were used by God to save souls and bring Christ to the forefront of New England life.
Astonishing movements of God, such as the (more…)