Over the past two weekends my wife and I spent time with two groups of Small Church pastors who are doing work that few people would volunteer to do – and even fewer could do if they were asked. These two groups of pastors and the situations they face could not be more different from each other.
UPDATE: We did it! A bunch of Small Church pastors got together, heard from great speakers, worshiped, then left inspired and better prepared to fulfill our calling. All by ourselves, without grown-up supervision. Thank you to all the speakers, to everyone who helped put it together, to those who attended in person and to everyone who
If you’re not using social media, you’re not pastoring your church as well as you could. Whenever I say that in a minister’s conference I make some pastors mad. And I’m OK with that. Because I also get looks of relief and whispers of “thank you” from staff members and volunteers. They’ve exhausted themselves trying to
If I was only allowed to give one piece of advice to pastors about how to make their Sunday messages more appealing to a younger audience, it would be this. Stop making your sermon notes rhyme. For generations, rhymes and alliterations were expected from public speakers. It made them seem credible, authoritative and prepared. And
Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig are funny, bright, hardworking, creative Small Church pastors who love encouraging other Small Church leaders through their blog at 200Churches.com. The highlight of 200Churches.com is their weekly podcast. Very few people can do a podcast well. Most are just talking heads. But Jeff and Jonny have a natural sense of