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The Power of “We”—Pastoral Ministry in a Corporate World

How can a congregating exist outside of a church or school? Better yet, how can such a congregating minister to one another amidst these hard times?

A New Normal?

In this new kind of community that we find ourselves, how can we adapt with technology to ensure a close community?

Amazing Jesus in Turbulent Times

Sometimes we overuse the word "amazing"; but Mark, in his epistle, used this word intentionally to describe many facets of Christ's character and actions. How can be continuously be amazed by Him?

Retired Leaders: A Proven Asset

Effective ministry takes time. How can we learn from those who have gone before us and continue to minister beside us?

Get Some Roots!

How can we learn to trust God in the good times as well as the hard times? How do we lay down roots that can weather the storms of life?

Revival and Reformation: By Few or By Many

How many does God need to to pray in order to answer them?

God of the Open Door

How can we view God during this time of uncertainty? Let's take lessons from the life of Paul as we see God as the God of opportunity.

Editorial: Breaking News or Normal News

In these uncertain times, our definition of normal is changing. How are we to adapt? What should we strive to maintain even in this new normal?

Prepared and Protected — Pavel Goia

Jesus performed many miracles when He was on earth. Does that mean that miracles are always from God? How can we tell? How can we be prepared to have spiritual discernment?

Dealing with the Demonic — Kelvin Onongha

What does the Bible say about demon possession? How does it happen? What are precautions we can take?

Dual Allegiance — Christopher Kabwe Mukuka

What happens when we try to compromise Christian beliefs for the sake of of blending with other religions? Is any amount of compromise okay? How can we know if we're compromising or not?

"Come out, in Jesus' name!" — Conrad Vine

We can often throw around terms like "demonic possession" without really knowing what they mean practically or biblically. What are the correct definitions? More importantly, what do the Biblical definitions of these concepts teach us about receiving freedom in Christ?

Revival and Reformation: "You Have No Authority Over Me!" — Jonathan Walter

An experience of an ordinary Christian being led by the extraordinary Savior.

Deliverance ministry—A Biblical Imperative — Michée Badé

Many churches or religious leaders have different versions of "deliverance ministries"—but what is a Biblical template? Is there one? How can we minister to those who are oppressed by evil spirits?

Guest Editorial: If the Son shall set you free . . . — Emmanuel Osei

How can we keep ourselves safe in Christ--safe even from demonic possession?

Keeping Our Sense of the Call — Miguel Valdivia

We are often told to follow God's call for our lives, but this simple phrase is multi-faceted in practicality. How do we sense God's call? What is our part and what is God's part?

Emotional Hurt Lurking in the Pew — Victor D. Marshall

Why are some people unwilling or unable to forgive? What causes these scars, and how can we help people heal in the way Christ does?

How Children Experience Grief — Natalie Dorland & S. Joseph Kidder

Because children also go through loss and trauma, they inevitably experience grief. However, their grief is often overlooked or misunderstood. How do they experience grief, and how can we love them well during this difficult experience?

Making Room for Those with Special Needs — Shaun Brooks

When Jesus called for the little children to come to him, he called all children. How can we make our churches a place where all children and all people are welcome, loved, and treasured?

Playful fathers – by Richard Daly

Practical Pointers: The art of the "ask" – by Tony Foglio

Jesus asked more questions than He answered. In fact, “according to the Gospels, Jesus asks 307 questions, is asked only 183, and answers fewer than 10 of those he is asked.” When we ask for a response, we are asking a question, wanting the hearers to do something. What do we want people to do?

Editorial: God is love, know it – by Pavel Goia

Preachers, there is no other way to tell God’s story. To reflect upon this love, to make it the goal of your life, is the only way to...

Over half of our flock are dropouts – by Louis Posthauer

On average, across the United States, more than 50 percent of those believers who should be in church are not. They are those who profess Christian beliefs but have willfully disconnected themselves from any meaningful relationship to the body of Christ. The Barna Group, which tracks church trends, conducted a survey that presented some startling statistics.

Narrative Preaching: Engaging young listeners as actors – by Stephen Reasor

How can preachers both meet the expectation that preaching be biblical and also capture young hearers?

The inseparable duo: The Holy Spirit and preaching – by Rodney Anthony Palmer

The power of the Holy Spirit is indispensable when crafting and delivering effective sermons. To downplay His role in preaching creates a false dichotomy between the discipline of homiletics and the doctrine of pneumatology. The Holy Spirit plays seven important roles in the life of the preacher, the preparation of a sermon, the preaching moment, and the lives of listeners.

12 principles of evangelistic preaching – by David Klinedinst

As ministers, one of the most awesome opportunities we have is to preach God’s words of life to spiritually thirsty people. Most of us do this on a weekly basis at church. However, a major difference exists between worship-service preaching and evangelistic preaching. Here are 12 practical and powerful principles of evangelistic preaching that anyone can incorporate into their ministry.

Independent congregations or worldwide organized church?

Two church leaders accused James White of something absolutely scandalous. And James readily admitted that the accu- sation was true. So, what was this tale that Iowa Conference president B. F. Snook and secretary W. H. Brinkerhoff spread all around just after the May 17, 1865, General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Michigan?

A multichurch district board: Helping or hurting?

What exactly is a multichurch district council or board? A multi-church district is an amalgamation of several local churches in a given geographical territory under the guidance of a single pastor with associates, if any. The highest decision-making body for a district is referred to as a multichurch district council. What kind of relationship do these councils have to the local church boards? Do they replace them? Is there a duplication of functions? Is there conflict?

Emotional Intelligence for Effective Ministry — Lori Ciccarelli Stotko

For excellent performance, EQ is twice as important as IQ. What exactly is EQ and how can it be practiced effectively?

Editorial: Where are the Miracles? — Jonathan Walter

What is the most effective ministry strategy for one of the most secular countries on earth? Furthermore, how can we experience the successful ministry that Jesus wants us to experience with Him?

What Every Pastor Should Know About Disabilities – Patrick Johnson

How do we relate to people with disabilities in our churches? How do we include them? How do we make them feel?

Hannah in the temple: A spiritual care response to involuntary childlessness

How do we, as pastors, deal with those struggling with involuntary childlessness?

Ministering to the disabled community by the local congregation – Daniel M. Forbes

I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with and ministering to members of the disabled community and their families, as well as their caregivers. Blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth await a congregation willing to prayerfully minister with Christian love and acceptance to the disabled.

​The five levels of commitment and how they affect the local church – by Diego Boquer

In my first three years of ministry, I was committed to preaching—but not to sermon preparation. The result was dozens of halfhearted sermons prepared the night before to be endured by the dear saints. It took a Damascus Road experience to make me realize that if I sincerely wanted God to...

Jesus: God's Story and Storyteller – Kenley D. Hall

If telling stories was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us.

God's longing for His church – by Ron E. M. Clouzet

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a, NIV).

What do you see? – Jeffrey O. Brown

I was working at Agona-Ashanti Secondary School in Ghana when it happened. While I was speaking with Dr. Joseph Addai, the school chaplain, his son suddenly burst into tears. “Why is he crying?” I asked. The father conversed with his son, then turned to me, laughing...

Editorial: Our Greatest Treasure – by Melody Mason

Do I really recognize the treasure I’ve been given in the Word of God? Is spending time in prayer and meditating on God’s Word more precious than all my earthly pursuits?

Not by might, nor by power— but still done only by His Spirit – Jan-Harry Cabungcal

Why not give Him the woes in your life and ministry? Remember, His work in us is accomplished “ ‘not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6, NKJV).

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