Free Guide To Church Spring Cleaning

A growing church is a clean church! These pointers will help you get your church ready for guests. Get your free Spring Cleaning checklist today.

My mom did a good job of keeping the house clean when I was growing up. I’m thankful we didn’t grow up in a filthy home. Although she may have called my bedroom a pig sty (more than once), and I was occasionally asked if I grew up in a barn, mom taught us the virtue of cleanliness.

Even though our house was clean, there were times that we would have to go the extra mile because company was coming over. Apparently, our normal level of clean was not good enough for guests!

Cleanliness is an attitude.

A pastor and church that expect visitors to come look differently at cleaning and maintenance. They realize that they must go the extra mile to ensure the buildings look clean, maintained, and organized to the fresh eyes of guests.

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Do We Really Need More Churches?

Hopefully, you were bewildered by the title of this article.  Why would this question be asked in the publication of a ministry that helps start churches?  Good question.  Let me explain.

I have been surprised by the number of Christians (including some Pastors) who aren’t convinced that we need more churches. Here are a few examples.

Sometimes when we promote a town or an area that needs a church, I will see a message that says something like this, “I searched for churches in that town in google maps, and I found a lot of them.  Does that area really need ANOTHER church?”  Sometimes they will even include a screenshot in case I don’t believe them.  Very helpful.

From time to time a pastor will bristle at the idea of another church in a city with more people than they can reach in a lifetime or in a county with more area than they will ever cover.  One pastor told a would-be church planter, “This town already has a church.  You can go somewhere else.”  That pastor left and the church is no longer in existence. The town is still on our list.  Hopefully, it will get a good church one day.

Yes, we really do need more churches.  Lots more of them in fact.  Hundreds more.  I believe God can use us to do it.  Do you?

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10 Proven Ways To Increase Sunday School Attendance

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…)

Guardrails for God’s Will

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.

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5 Reasons Pastors Need Extra Prayer

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;

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