The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call READ MORE
Many things have changed since I became a preacher. The one thing that hasn’t changed is my commitment to boldly proclaim the powerful, life-changing news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am convinced that READ MORE
Easter is when we celebrate the greatest comeback in history. It’s the greatest story ever told. It’s an epic day! Why? Because Jesus conquered death for us and we celebrate the miraculous event of His Resurrection! He is risen! He is risen indeed!
What is more exciting than declaring the risen King? Easter is the prime time to proclaim the … [Read More...]
Whenever my mother makes a significant purchase, one of her children jokes, "There goes our inheritance!"
Although stated in jest, in many families, the subject of inheritance is a big issue. Some children think their parents owe them something. Many older parents do without because they fell obligated to leave an inheritance to their children. … [Read More...]
We are commanded to “make disciples.” Have you ever wondered what exactly is a disciple? We can’t know if we have made someone a disciple, if we don’t know what a disciple is.
Very simply the term disciple means a learner. However, we know from looking at the New Testament pattern that the kind of disciple we are commanded to make is more than … [Read More...]
After decades working with churches around the world, I’ve discovered one of the most difficult challenges pastors face is finding the right “Executive Pastor.” Smaller churches don’t usually need one, but as churches grow, a leader in that role becomes more and more important. But in a significant number of cases, local pastors don’t really … [Read More...]
Joe Lightner is the Lead Pastor of The Legacy Stone Church, a church plant in Indianapolis, IN. Joe and Rebekah Lightner and Mark and Terra Caswell have been friends for many years. Yearning for something, someone greater, God led them to start a church together. They loaded their belonging into some moving trucks and moved their kids and dogs … [Read More...]
It doesn’t take long in any ministry to realize that you can’t do everything yourself. It’s impossible. The key to success in ministry then is recruiting leaders and volunteers. But the recruitment phase is just step one. More important than recruiting members of your church to serve in different ministry areas is the ability to keep those … [Read More...]