pastors

  By J. Lee Grady/Charisma News via:blackchristiannews   It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the pastors, and sorrier for the congregations that are having to […]

via:blackchristiannews Two of America’s most popular megachurch pastors, Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church and T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, both in Texas, are joining forces for the annual family-themed three-day conference called MegaFest. “MegaFest” is a family-friendly festival bringing together the best of T.D. Jakes Ministries events including Woman Thou Art Loosed, Manpower, MegaKidz and […]

  By Thom S. Rainer via:blackchristiannews With apologies to Gary Chapman for playing on his well-known “Five Love Languages” theme, I asked 24 pastors how a church member might speak to each pastor in his own love language. And though 24 persons do not constitute a massive survey, I was amazed at the consistency of […]

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  via:blackchristiannews   Although some people poke fun at professional athletes like Ray Lewis, who glorified God throughout his journey to the Super Bowl, a new study has found that Americans look to these types of high-profile individuals more than they do to faith leaders for inspiration.   The Barna Group, a market research firm […]

  By: Thom S. Rainer via:blackchristiannews Numbers of gifted persons and organizations have studied the phenomenon of the church “back door,” the metaphorical way we describe people leaving the church. And there will always be the anticipated themes of relocation or personal crises. We should recognize those issues, though we can respond to the latter […]

via:christianpost A church consultant says that when it comes to pastors’ salaries, the small minority of preachers who live lavishly should not be reason to underpay the other 400,000 pastors leading churches. A pastor’s salary is a quiet issue, Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, acknowledged in a December blog post. It […]

via:chrisianpost One of the more common strategies any candidate or campaign seeks to employ is to use the endorsement of high profile individuals who are willing to lend their name and personal support to a candidate with the intention of influencing others to do the same. But the issue gets a bit sticky when those […]

via:christianpost A pastor in charge of community building and small groups feels it’s so important for churches to make a good impression on first-time church visitors from the moment they walk onto a church campus that he’s come up with a list of 10 statements that just might do the opposite and turn churchgoers away. […]

  By Thom S. Rainer via:christianpost   The expectations of a pastor are endless. Many members expect them to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. But different pastors are wired differently. One pastor may get great fulfillment out of counseling, while another dreads every minute of it.  So I did an informal and unscientific survey of […]

  via:christianpost   Over 1,000 pastors are set to defy the IRS next month by intentionally preaching on politics. The ultimate goal is to reach the court so that the “muzzle” on churches can be declared unconstitutional.  “People in America are allowed to debate these issues except for pastors from the pulpit,” said Erik W. […]