Many churches write a "vision statement." These are useful if we adopt them the right way. We mustn't get so caught up asking, "What is our vision?" that we forget to ask, "What is Jesus' vision for us?"
You've heard Burger King's slogan - "Have it your way"? This is how churches are starting to treat visitors. But is that really what Jesus wants? Shouldn't we let Him have it His way?
Preachers spend huge amounts of time preparing their sermons. But sermons aren't getting the job done anymore. Where has the power gone in preaching? How do we get it back?
In America, we think ministry should be "risk-free." But this isn't the case in most countries. And it certainly wasn't for Martin Luther! Jesus not only risked but sacrificed His life for us. How can we not risk losing our jobs for Him?
Common sense isn't that common in ministry. Pastors "burn out" when they neglect their personal life. Here's how I'm making sure that doesn't happen to me.