Communities in the North American Division have been dealt some hard blows in recent weeks – Houston, Tampa, Las Vegas, Santa Rosa, and more. When the media goes home and the excitement dies down, here are six ways you can provide important support for the mental health needs of disaster victims.
If there is one theme that consistently runs through my conversations with Adventist pastors, it is their struggle with narrow minded, uber-conservative, power abusing members and leaders in their local church and beyond. So how do you keep from becoming narrow-minded with those who are narrow-minded?
Here is a powerful story that reminds us of what the tithes and offerings are all about.
In an ideal world, Adventist kids enjoy the threefold support of the Adventist home, Adventist school, and Adventist church. In the real world, not every teenager enjoys the benefits of an Adventist education. Here are some ways pastors can step in to help fill the gap.
Wearing culturally appropriate clothing says you take your job, message, and audience with the appropriate dignity and respect.
Some view the church as the resister of evil, proclaiming God's displeasure and imminent judgement to the world. They view the church as a fortress of right doing and living, and believe they are at war with the world. Their goal is to sanitize culture, eradicate pluralism, subdue liberal ideology and defeat every expression of darkness. However, God actually established the church for a different reason.
The average person reads 12 or less books a year. If you want to live and minister above average, you need to read more. Here are some strategic steps to make more time for reading.
Imagine what would happen in the local church if young adults did every possible job in the church, while seasoned leaders supported and mentored these growing leaders!
An attorney and financial services provider team up to share lessons learned in their recent school capital campaign.
On Sept. 9, 2017, churches across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will collect a special offering to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey.
When Minner Labrador Jr., D.Min., Vice President for Church Ministries and Ministerial Director at the Southwestern Union, realized that Hurricane Harvey, a storm of unprecedented magnitude, was a day away from making landfall in Texas, he knew he needed a plan to care for the caregivers—the pastors and teachers who would look to the needs of others above their own needs.
Longevity has changed the way Baby Boomers view the world and what they expect out of their retirement years. So how do you best prepare for retirement in these rapidly changing times?
When you are beginning a new pastorate, how do you identify who the leader of your church is? Here’s one way--
Wherever you may be in the North American Division, you can lend a hand to the people of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Here are some important best practices for your church’s next community health fair.
In this powerful sermon illustration, the what then question invites us to ponder the matters of beyond then.
On Monday, September 11, 2017, pastors are invited to attend the Pastors’ Summit on Abuse from noon to 4:30 eastern daylight time. Today I talked with several leaders at the North American Division to find out why they believe it is so important that pastors attend this event.
Questions and Answers about the Summit on Abuse being held September 11 & 12.
Abuse issues have been a huge issue in the news and in the church over the past number of years. Too many lives have been broken because of abuse. We MUST address this issue.
Suicide rates are highest in the summer months. Here are some ministry tools you can use to help a hurting friend.
Facebook has a whole set of tools that can help you save the lives of those dropping hints of their suicide plans in their FB posts.
At some point in your ministry you are going to have a boss that is crazy, bad or clueless. One veteran in ministry puts some names on these faces and shares some ideas how to cope.
As a pastor you are probably active in the volunteer placement process in your congregation. As your team begins to explore possible candidates for the position of worship leader, the following article may be helpful.
It’s not your parents’ offering plate anymore. What moved previous generations to give doesn’t necessarily move today’s generation. So what does it take to develop giving hearts today? Tom Evans and Lilya Wagner offer important clues.
Of all the issues busy pastors must deal with, religious liberty often ranks near the bottom. Barry W. Bussey tells us why religious liberty matters.
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