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Challenging my think for 2013!

As pastors, changing how we THINK and ACT is critical to our being successful in LIFE and MINISTRY! It is our thoughts, beliefs, and attitude – not what happens around us, that cause us to feel a certain way or to do certain things.   The goal of this blog post is help each reader and myself look at our current life and ministry situation and develop an understanding of the causes and objectives for change as we approach the new year. These are the Simple Questions I’m asking myself this year, and as I move into 2013. 1.                   Do I personally feel that spiritually and practically I’m where God wants me to be in my ministry? 2.                   What has happened in my life to bring me to this point of my life and ministry? 3.                   What problems have I had that were the direct result of my personal attitude, choices, or poor decision making? 4.                   What issues do I feel have been the result of a poor prayer life or lack of prayer

Thoughts about the churches response to the next Shooting ….

My heart is breaking along with the rest of America and the world over the senseless violence on Friday. The school shooting that occurred this past Friday is beyond the imagination of anyone. The horribly news, the terrifying description of the pain, anxiety, fear, and depression on the faces of those affected was heart wrenching to watch on T.V.              As a Christian my heart breaks, and my prayers go up for the family that is suffering through such tragedy of losing a child to this senseless and unexplainable act. I also pray for the minds and hearts of the first responders, the memories that have been formed in their mind from what they found as they went through the doors for the first time, for the children and teachers in the school that survived, but will forever be touched by this event. My prayer is simple “God grant them the presents of your Holy Spirit, and the helping and healing touch of your love, as you minister to their hearts and minds through this time.”  

How do I determine a successful Men’s Ministry event…

                I have been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, and have been focusing on Ministering to Men for the past eight years.   Over those years I have seen several things work, and I have seen several others fall flat. However, what is interesting is that some ideas I implemented were successful in one place, and a failure somewhere else.   This difference in success from place to place can be found in the attitudes of the attendees and the opinions of the leaders.   As a leader I would sometimes view an event or activity as a failure or unproductive, but this may have been the farthest thing from the truth.                 I have spent a great deal of time looking at the activities and events I have encouraged men to partake in, trying to determine the success and flop of each. The only formula that I have come up with is what the Lord has laid on my heart. ·          Was the activity/event Christ centered?   Personally, this is the most important aspect.  

The 2nd Man within the Church

                The 2 nd Man within the church is generally referred to as the Associate or Assistant Pastor. He is often the go to man for most things within the church and is often considered the right arm of the Senior/Lead Pastor. However, there often is a misunderstanding of the 2 nd man’s role within the church by both the pastor associate/assistant, and especially the congregation.  Having been in pastoral ministry for the past 33 years, I have been the 2 nd man in churches with a small congregation of 40 to a larger congregation of over 3000 and assisted the various pastors in a full-time capacity, as well as, part-time and volunteer positions.  However, no matter where I have been, the job has been the same: assist the Pastor.                My definition of a 2 nd Man is quite simple, “To assist the pastor in accomplishing the mission that the God has called him to do within the Body of Christ in which we both serve together.”  I’m about to make a statement tha

White man preaching in the African American church!

                I recently preached on Sunday morning for a dear friend of mine as he celebrated his anniversary as pastor of his church in Cincinnati Ohio. I have known this pastor for a number of years, and have spoken to his men’s group prior to the invitation for Sunday morning. It is important to understand this is not my first go around in the African American church, my best friend for over 20 years pastors a African American church here in Cincinnati, and I have spoken in at least a half dozen African American churches over the past 20 years.                 Growing up in the Fundamental Baptist movement of the 70’s was a God send when comes to crossing over to the A frican American church.   The fiery preaching of the Pulpiteer’s of yesteryears in the white church are all but gone.   They have been replaced by the teaching pastors, the encourager, and sermonette. One of the great pastors I remember as a young preacher was A.V. Henderson he used to tell us in college … “Get

My Heart is breaking …

  In June of 2002 following the events of September 11, my family and I moved to Staten Island to work with individuals that were affected by that tragedy in New York City.  I was in charge of a ministry called “The Hope Center.”  The ministry only functioned for about a year, and we had to return to Cincinnati. The purpose and vision of The Hope Center was to help individuals deal with emotional and psychological crisis, such as the East Coasters are currently experiencing with the recent storm, Sandy.  My heart breaks as I read the news, watch television, and listen to the radio. The entire region is experiencing overwhelming grief, isolation, and desperation, and many do not have even the most basic necessities. It is time for local churches, the universal denominations, and the Para-church ministries to stand up and tell the government to move out of the way and let us do what God has called us to do.  Food, clothing, and shelter should be available to anyone and everyone

The Lord's Supper is truly about the Act of Worship:

The majority of churches across a America celebrate the Lord’s Supper in some form (some refer to it as Holy Communion, the Eucharist, Sacrament at the Alter, or the Blessed Sacrament). Some get hung up on the name. However, I believe without reservation it is not about the name it is about the ACT of WORSHIP. I’m fearful that in the majority of the churches today that Lord’s Supper has become a tradition or monthly/quarterly requirement and not the act of worship it was meant to be. It has become a set date on the calendar. It is simply the act of passing a tray down the aisle, a short prayer, and verse of hymn and thank you for coming and out the door. There is no longer a call to repentance of sin, a discussion of forgiveness that we have been hurt by others, or a time of reflection of what I have done to others, no serious reflection on what Christ did at the cross. Paul clearly set the stage in II Corinthians 11: 17-34 that the Lord’s Supper is not about the church meeting i

Standing on the Banks of the Ohio River

I was recently standing on the banks of the Ohio River in the small town of Rising Sun, Indiana, where I live, and thinking of the folks of this quiet little community, with its population of only 2304. Of which 1139 males, it is one to those communities that you wished you had raised your kids in. As I watch the river flow, with the occasional barrage, and the big tree logs floating past. I often wonder what this city was like years ago. Stories abound that tell of it being one of the main stops on the Ohio River for the ferries, and barges, wood cutting mills, stores, and   an abundance of boarding houses.   I wonder about the men that lived here, worked in the mills, and jumped off the barges. I bet they were some really tough men. It’s only a small spot on the map and things change over time, I guess. But I have come to like it here.   I love it here in Rising Sun.   However, as I stand by the river wondering about those 1139 men, I would bet that less than 20 percent of them go

It’s Not About Hats, or Hair Length

The following post was written by a dear friend of Through HIM Ministries, Bro Jim Jenkins is Pastor of First Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Indiana (and is my wife's and mine pastor). Originally written for the website "He Restoreth my Soul" ... Bro Jim has agreed to allow us to publish here on our blog for you to be blessed. It’s Not About Hats, or Hair Length. After preaching a sermon from 1 Corinthians My friend Darlene Harris asked me to write an article on the roles of men and women. As we look at 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 we see some points that need to be understood in their proper biblical context.   When we understand what is being said, the apostle Paul makes a lot of sense.             What is Paul talking about in this passage?   Why is he worried about if ladies wear hats and how big they are?   Why is he so concerned that men don’t wear hats (or literally down from the head)?   Remember in the day in which Paul lived the non-Christians were in the majority a

Ministering to Men in Small Churches!

The skills of ministering to men is often misunderstood because we are working with a group of individuals that by virtue of their life are wrapped up in dozens of things at one time, generally running from one place to another, dealing with the stress of family responsibility, work, and taking care of a home. The average church today is running between 100 and 200 people, and these are considered small to medium churches. As a Minister to Men it is important to understand that we cannot keep up with the Mega churches, nor should we want to. The men of your church have chosen your church for a reason, many like the small intimacy of the church, the friendships they develop, others attend small to medium churches due to living in small towns, or small local communities.   Whatever reason they chose to attend your church you have a unique opportunity to minster to them that big churches miss out on. As a Minister to Men in three small to medium size churches, I have found it critical to