Here are my articles from the past few days as well as 5 of the best articles I read this week.
From Earlier this Week at JeremyWallace.net
- 4 Things Pastors Need to Teach Their Churches About Missions
- 5 Things Churches Must be Willing to Do in Order to Experience Revitalization
- Why You Should Pursue Spiritual Growth
5 of the Best Articles I Read this Week
Christian George | 13 Spurgeon Tips for Making the Most of Your Life
Do you ever feel like you’re wasting your life?
Christian history is packed full of people who decided to make the most of their time in this world:
- John Calvin was 26 years old when he wrote the Institutes of the Christian Religion.
- David Brainerd was 29 years old when he died for his faith as a missionary.
- Jim Elliot was only 25 years old when he left the comforts of America to evangelize the Aucas in Equator.
But you don’t have to be in your twenties to make a massive impact for the Kingdom.
I spent the last few years researching legacy churches, specifically four churches in the Southern Baptist Convention: Bellevue Baptist, FBC Dallas, FBC Jacksonville, and FBC Orlando. At some point, I’ll get around to publishing something about them that is more manageable than a 300-page dissertation.
In the meantime, I’ll share four quotes from their senior pastors. These quotes came from personal interviews I did with them for the study.
Jonathan Howe | 10 Outreach Ideas for Your Church this Fall
Outreach events for churches can be predictable in the fall. Your church likely has a back-to-school event for kids, a fifth quarter for students, and a fall festival for families already on the calendar. It’s just what churches do.
But what if you tried something else—maybe something with an intentional evangelistic focus that your community might not expect? These ten outreach ideas will allow your church to be noticed in your community and, most importantly, provide your members with several opportunities for gospel conversations.
Josh Presley | A Crash Course on Leadership Meetings
Many pastors come into a church setting without any formal business training or experience. Many lessons can be learned by fire but with help you can save yourself from 3rd degree burns.
Meetings with your deacons, elder board or other decision makers can be unnecessarily tedious without the right approach.
Thom Rainer | Should a Church Have Financial Reserves?
Almost all personal financial experts will tell you our families need a financial reserve of several months’ income to weather unexpected challenges. I lead an organization where we seek to have some level of financial reserves for contingencies and capital expenditures.
On the surface, it would seem that a church should have financial reserves if at all possible. But there are implications that argue both ways on this issue. Let’s look at eight of them.