Avoiding and Overcoming Discouragement and Depression

Avoiding and Overcoming Discouragement and Depression

Guest Post from Jim Baize… Christian ministry has been my life for the last 50+ years. Full time Christian ministry should not be considered a profession– it is a calling. No one should enter the ministry just because they think it might be a good job! A pastor...
STAY – 5 Advantages of Pastor Longevity

STAY – 5 Advantages of Pastor Longevity

Guest Post from Jerry Burton… I was driving into my new town for the first time to assume the pastorate of my first church, and the question went through my mind, “Wonder how long I will be here?” I preached my first sermon as pastor on December 15, 1979. My...
Is Church For Christians?

Is Church For Christians?

Churches face challenges like never before. Most statistics show a decline in church attendance. Other statistics reveal that churches are closing faster than new churches are starting. If things don’t change, the church will disappear. It has always been a...
Three Marriage Tips from Doug Fields

Three Marriage Tips from Doug Fields

Marriage isn’t easy. Ministry isn’t easy. And when you put the two together, it can make for a pressure like no other. At a conference for the Baptist Bible Fellowship International (February 2019) held at Cornerstone Church (Pastor Brian Moore) in Anaheim (CA) I got...
How to Respond to Critics

How to Respond to Critics

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Hogwash! Words do hurt. It’s better to say, Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will break my heart. The effect of harmful words outlast any physical blow. Among the trials we face in...