Sam lays out how his church has walked into the opportunity to deal with and minister to those affected by the opioid crisis in America. In this episode we talk about finding the need in your community and leading the church to do something about it.
One of the greatest mission opportunities of nearly every church is Vacation Bible School. Josh sits down with Sharity to think through some of the distractions and opportunities related this week long outreach event.
Tim Cool of Cool Solutions is on the show talking about some of the common facility issues that churches face and a few tips on dealing with those. Register your team for the EST Conference at ESTCONF.com
Micah sits down with Dr. Desmond Henry from South Africa and some of the distinctions and similarities to the established church in the United States. Dr. Henry's article - http://desmond-henry.com/the-future-of-ministry-in-established-south-african-baptist-churches/
How much influence should pastors have on churches they have left? Sam Rainer and Josh King work through the potential topics and temptations of pastors influencing pastorates they have left. Register for the Oct 4th EST Conference at estconf.com
The guys discuss some of the issues and challenges with raising children in the pastor's home. We think through why it goes bad and potential ways to prevent the negative affects. Bonus - we share a few reasons we think being a PK is pretty great. Register you and your team for the first ever EST Conference at estconf.com
Micah and Josh talk through some of the strengths and weaknesses when preaching certain lengths of text. Are longer text better? Is a shorter line by line or verse by verse a more faithful approach? What about word for word preaching?
Where should the leaders of established churches focus the time and resources of the church - toward outreach of inreach? The guys talk through ways to balance the two and how both can be beneficial at the right time and place.
Sermons illustrations can be the so helpful but many preachers feel inadequate in the area of selecting and delivering the best. Sam, Micah and Josh share a few of the best resources for finding sermon illustrations, as well as some "do nots" on the topic. Thanks to our sponsors Ministry Grid (https://www.lifeway.com/en/special-emphasis/ministry-grid) and the topic submitted from a listener via Twitter.
Some believe all church activities should include the entire family without separating out the age groups, others lead ministries that divide out the generations at every step of the game. We weigh in on the inclusion of children during the worship hour and share some of the things you may want to think through when tackling this topic.