7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church

Finding a new church home can be a major challenge faced by many Christians. Each local church is a family. Leaving one, whatever the reason, is difficult — as it should be.   Although saying goodbye to a church family is tough, what’s even more difficult may be finding that new church.   How doesContinue reading “7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church”

Working “On” It, Not Just “At” It

I can remember stores and businesses that served our community and nearby town where I grew up that are no longer in existence today. There are many reasons why these businesses sadly did not make it.  In some cases, they may have spent so much time working “at” their business that they forgot to workContinue reading “Working “On” It, Not Just “At” It”

Finding Hope in Depression

Years ago, I found myself in a tunnel of depression. I call it a tunnel because I came into it suddenly, but walked through it for a long time—several months in fact—before seeing signs of light on the other end.   There were several factors that likely contributed to me being in a depressed stateContinue reading “Finding Hope in Depression”

Is God Calling You?

Dr. Tim Searcy, former KBC president and Kentucky Baptist pastor, often tells the story of his call into the Christian ministry. He was 12 years old, attending the church where his father was the pastor.   The church had scheduled a revival and one of the older deacons did some research on the last timeContinue reading “Is God Calling You?”

Praying for Pastors

For a long while now, I have been praying for pastors — but maybe not in the way you might think.   I pray for many pastors by name because some are facing ministry challenges. I pray for others seeking guidance on their current place of service. I pray for some who see great open doorsContinue reading “Praying for Pastors”

Ministry Runs at the Speed of Trust

“Ministry runs at the speed of trust.” I am not sure where I heard the statement or if I coined it myself. Either way, I know it is true. When trust is diminished in a church, association or a convention of churches, then ministry is greatly hindered. But when trust abounds, much good gospel workContinue reading “Ministry Runs at the Speed of Trust”

Associations and Church Planting

Last week, while attending an annual meeting in a Kentucky Baptist association, I witnessed something I had never seen before. Half of the churches represented in the meeting had been planted in the past 10 or so years. The Purchase Area Baptist Association in west Kentucky has eagerly embraced church plants and church planting.  Continue reading “Associations and Church Planting”

Benefits of a Scheduled Revival

I still remember attending revival services at Northside Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind. I was a 24-year-old Christian — excited about Jesus and His church. I looked for opportunities to be with God’s people and saw every gathering as a blessing.  During that week of gathering, singing and preaching, we witnessed God move the heartsContinue reading “Benefits of a Scheduled Revival”

Mistakes I have made

Every pastor and church leader can sympathize with the first line of a Queen song which says, “And bad mistakes, I’ve made a few.” The number and severity of those mistakes may be commensurate with the number of years one has spent in vocational ministry.   Many of us tire of hearing the success stories ofContinue reading “Mistakes I have made”

Equipping the called

When only about 10% of the churches in your association are served by full-time pastors, you need a strong bench of biblically qualified men to fill the pulpits of the churches. That is the case with the Three Forks Baptist Association in eastern Kentucky, led by AMS Jamie Reynolds.  In 2005, two local church pastorsContinue reading “Equipping the called”