May 23, 2019 | Jefferson City, Mo. | Car DealershipDavid Bell was in his truck on the side of a highway when a tornado struck Jefferson City, Missouri, Wednesday night. Houses collapsed around him. Poles snapped and transformers blew out. The tornado sent debris thirteen thousand feet into the...
Pastor Dimas Salaberrios | June 20, 2015 | Charleston, S.C.Emanuel Kidega Samson intended to kill at least ten white churchgoers when he attacked the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in September 2017. This according to a prosecutor’s statement Monday in Samson’s trial. During his shooting rampage, he murdered a...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify “What should I do when I’m ready to quit?” That question is faced every week by countless pastors across the country. Today, we cover how best to respond to it. Episode Highlights: Most discouragement in ministry is related to issues with people. Start...
Kirsten Gillibrand has been serving in the US Senate since 2009 and announced her candidacy for president in March. Last Thursday, amid the furor over Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” she booked a trip to the state, where she protested what she called “a war on women.” According to CBS News, the...
Most pastors are amazing. I am honored to serve them, and my appreciation for pastors grows every day. For example, I recently conducted a social media survey where I asked pastors to share their most common pastoral care challenges. The volume of responses was huge, a very impressive number. But...
Podcast Episode #538 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Almost every church has some kind of facility issue. From being too big or not big enough, facilities rarely match the pace of a church’s growth or decline. Today, we discuss these facility changes...
Game of Thrones ended Sunday night after eight seasons. It was broadcast in 207 countries and territories and was one of the most popular series on television. Because of its pornographic sexual content and extreme violence, I did not watch the show. But I believe culture-changing Christians can learn something...
On occasion a church leader at Church Answers will share with the community that he or she received an anonymous letter. The leaders are inevitably hurt, and they are frustrated because they have no way to respond. Over the years, I have seen a common theme with anonymous letters. I...
There are more than four thousand colleges and universities in the United States. I’m guessing that none of them heard a commencement address quite like the one delivered at Morehouse College yesterday. Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor known as the wealthiest black man in America, told the crowd that...
Location: Asheboro, North Carolina Pastor: Scott Kidd Weekly Worship: 11:00 AM, Eastern Fast Facts: Union Grove Christian Church is an independent Christian church set in a rural farm community that has its roots in community and family ministries. Please pray for the church to develop a passion for the lost and that...
4 Questions to Ask the Pastoral Search Team — If You Dare — Jared Wilson There are questions every pastoral candidate ought to ask a search committee or hiring team when evaluating possible relocation, and then there are the questions every pastoral candidate ought to really ask. 14 Non-Traditional Classes Your Church Should...
The following article is excerpted from chapter 9 of Dr. Jim Denison’s latest book, How Does God See America? Request Dr. Denison’s new book today. The biblical writers presupposed the existence of God, as did their readers (“In the beginning God . . .”). But this informal, unexamined belief will...
Podcast Episode #537 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify How ministers are trained has radically changed over the past few decades thanks mainly to the rise of digital training. Today, we discuss these changes and where they might be headed. Some highlights from today’s...
Would you pay hundreds of dollars for something that lets you hang your mobile phone around your neck? Retailers are hoping so. As clothing fashions get tighter and cellphones get larger, manufacturers have developed phone bags we can wear. The Wall Street Journal recommends options ranging from $18 in...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify Revitalization won’t happen in a church that doesn’t put forth the effort. Today, we discuss why some churches actually don’t try to revitalize. Episode Highlights: There are two types of job coasting: laziness and avoidance Sometimes churches don’t think they need to revitalize because...
Actress Alyssa Milano has been making headlines for years. In 2017, she was instrumental in the #MeToo movement. She has advocated for vegetarianism, supported political candidates, and crusaded against abortion restrictions. She even called for a “sex strike” to protest Georgia’s recently passed “heartbeat bill.” Accordingly, you can imagine...
Why Some Church Members Don’t Want Their Church to Grow Loss of familiarity. Loss of memories. Loss of comfort. Loss of power. Loss of perceived intimacy. Loss of worship style. Loss of worship time. Some highlights from today’s Rainer Report: Typically, people who don’t want their church to grow are not leading in a Great Commission fashion. When a...
The actor Keanu Reeves (of The Matrix fame) was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently. At one point, Colbert asked his guest, “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?” Both men are no stranger to tragedy. Colbert lost his father and two of his brothers...
Podcast Episode #536 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The way churches hire staff is changing. Today we begin a three-part series on emerging trends in the church with a discussion on church staffing. Some highlights from today’s episode include: When you have a staff...
Doris Day | 1955Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922. Known to the world as Doris Day, she recorded 650 songs and appeared in thirty-nine feature films. She was voted Top Box-Office Female Star for four straight years during the 1960s. Her television appearances spanned from...
About once a month, I am contacted by a person serving on a church staff voicing a similar concern. The pastor has retired, resigned, or been fired. A new pastor will be coming at some point in the future. Life has changed for the staff member with one announcement...
Actress Alyssa MilanoListen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. After Georgia’s governor signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, more than one hundred actors pledged to boycott productions in the state. Five film production companies announced they would no longer work in the state as well. In...
Location: Dunkirk, Maryland Pastor: Robert Kendall Weekly Worship: 9:00 and 10:30 AM, Eastern Fast Facts: Friendship Community Baptist is a 40-year-old church running about 200 each Sunday in the middle of rural southern Maryland. The church is on the border of two counties, and within 10 miles of the church are around...
God Sent Jonah to Nineveh—Where’s He Sending You? — Micah Fries We are the followers of Christ. We love him and we have been loved by him. We believe that everyone needs Jesus, but do we believe that everyone needs grace? If God called us to go to those who we fear...
Sex education guidelines now approved by California for public school teachers are being praised by LGBT advocates. However, some parents and conservative groups are opposing the document as an assault on parental rights, claiming it exposes children to ideas about gender and sexuality that should be taught at home. As...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify Disappointment plagues many pastors and church leaders. And in revitalizations or replants, it can be an ever bigger issue. Today, we identify five common areas of disappointment and how to deal with them. Episode Highlights: Some of your biggest early supporters as a...
A religious liberty group claims that a school district in the Seattle area has urged teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic during the month of Ramadan and give them preferential treatment. The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) alleges that the Dieringer School District is following a script written...
Two suspects were apprehended yesterday after a school shooting not far from Columbine High School left one student dead and eight others injured. The STEM School Highlands Ranch now joins the long list of such tragedies. While Americans were grieving yet another school shooting, stocks fell significantly on fears of...
I often share with this audience some of the key ways churches are revitalizing and experiencing turnaround. Yet, too often I neglect explicitly giving God credit for the revitalization. Shame on me. I have heard from countless numbers of leaders how specific prayer efforts have led to revitalization in hundreds...
Podcast Episode #534 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Low attendance days happen in the life of every church. While they are often unavoidable, you can potentially improve them and make them fewer and farther between. Some highlights from today’s episode include: In your new...
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