Balanced Pastoral Authority by Edwin Anderson

The Holy Spirit appoints pastors to the local church to oversee its operation, and He gives the vision for the church to them. It is then the pastor’s responsibility before God to steer the church in that direction. He has the God-given authority to govern it. The pastor is to maintain control over every ministry of the local church. … read more

Church Revitalization

It seems like our church has been in a slump recently… like we’re going through the motions and are seeing some decline. What have other pastors done when they felt it was necessary to revitalize their congregation.

Post-Christianity and the Church by Jon Perrin

While the previous generation valued tolerance, Millennials emphasize acceptance and support for alternative viewpoints and lifestyles. This leads many of them to deem the Church as archaic and useless – even toxic. As a matter of fact, a recent study revealed that public opinion has shifted concerning Christianity. Spiritual practices that were once considered normal Christian behavior – sharing one’s faith, abstaining from sex outside of marriage, praying out loud for a stranger in public, etc. – are increasingly viewed as extremist. … read more

The Digital Genesis for Your Church by Cullen Swanson

I have always enjoyed building websites for churches and ministries. It’s a completely different type of project when compared to a commercial or service related website in that churches have so much more to offer online than a typical company does, and it still shocks me that some do not capitalize on the massive opportunity that’s in front of them to reach out and connect to more people. … read more

Common Mistakes Churches Make Online by Cullen Swanson

Since 2005, I have developed custom websites for churches and ministries all over the world as well as websites for many secular companies. My company’s focus has always primarily been churches and non-profits simply because that’s the world I am most familiar with, and I wanted to offer a quality product to churches that would represent the organization well without charging outrageous prices that churches and ministries often get duped into paying because they don’t know any better. Over the last 7 years, I have noticed a trend of mistakes that a lot of ministries make in relation to their website and other efforts online that cause an unrealized negative impact. … read more

Insights for Building

What wisdom tips do you have for small (growing) churches that are starting their first building program? What wisdom do you have specifically for the pastor to consider before starting and during the building process?