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.

I grew (more…)

My Take On The Current Sexual Assault Avalanche

and how to stop it

You can’t watch the news over the past few months without constantly hearing about sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment.  What used to be spoken of in police offices and courtrooms has become a subject for daily conversation.  Here’s my take…

Sexual Deviance is Real and Pervasive.

I am not surprised by sexual deviance. When you use God’s definitions, we are surrounded by it every day.  The sexual sins that God warns us about in the Bible are accepted and abundant in our society today.  The two most common forms of sexual sin mentioned in the Bible are (more…)

The Comfort of God’s Sovereignty

Do you ever feel like the world is out of control? I do, but this truth keeps me sane.

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”  ~ Revelation 19:6

Humanist philosophies, in various forms, teach that the universe exists in chaos without thought or intention. This lie causes many believe that life is a series of accidents and coincidences. Not so, my friend!

I take great comfort in knowing that my God is in full control. The Bible plainly teaches that God is (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…)

3 Reasons FantastiCal 2 is My Favorite Calendar App

A great digital tool for time management.

A functional calendar is an indispensable tool of stewardship in life management.  We live life by a series of dates and times.  Is your calendar system helping you stay on top?

3 Reasons I Use FantastiCal 2

Ephesians 5:15–16  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time is life.  How you spend your time is how you spend your life.  The word redeem in the verse above means to ‘buy back’ or ‘rescue from loss.’  Time is wasted when it is not carefully accounted for by a schedule and a calendar.  I use Nozbe for my tasks.  I use Fantastical 2 for my calendar.

A functional calendar system is an essential tool to keep your life in order.  I have used many calendar tools.  From good old pen and paper to the fancy digital apps, I have tried many and found them lacking.  Some of them are even a hindrance to productivity.  Then I found FantasitCal 2. (more…)