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[15 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 395 views]

Though a minister may have passion, knowledge, etc., a lack of proper ethics will close doors and squelch your ministry.
 Your ethics will be what people will see and remember for years to come.
Following are some tips to help nurture ethics in dealing with family relations:

The needs of the family come first, before your ministry.

God first, Family second, Ministry third

Use your children, but don’t force them. Set an example for them to follow.
There must be a balance with family and ministry.

Be sure your family receives ample attention, and that all …

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[8 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 680 views]

Though a minister may have passion, knowledge, etc., a lack of proper ethics will close doors and squelch your ministry.
Your ethics will be what people will see and remember for years to come.
Following are some tips to help nurture ethics in altar ministry:
The altar must be planned and prayed for as much or more than the rest of your sermon.
The difference between a good and a great service is knowing how to give, make and keep the altar call.
Pray and ask God when and how to make the call for …

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[28 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 464 views]

Do not visit someone of the opposite sex alone in their home.
Do not counsel someone of the opposite sex alone at your office (without the door ajar, a window in the door, or an assistant outside the door).
Do not counsel a married person of the opposite sex more than once without the person’s mate being present (or involved in the process).
Do not dine alone with someone of the opposite sex.
Do not kiss someone of the opposite sex (in private) or show affection that could be questioned.
Do not discuss detailed sexual …

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[6 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 716 views]

Pastor Doug White of Silsbee, Tx proposes the following questions that a man – if he is serious about ministry – needs to ask himself from time to time… and CAREFULLY consider the answers to the questions.
Questions like…

Is there anything in my attitude that would cause my Pastor friends to be concerned about using me.

Spirits make men. When the spirit is wrong the contents of the vessel is going to come out tainted.
Guard Your Attitude!

Am I as serious about God being pleased with my life as I was …

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[5 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 416 views]

Some words of caution and advice from Clayton King regarding the Monday phenomenon that mounts upon pastors, ministers and church leaders.
BE CAREFUL ON MONDAYS:
1.  You are most vulnerable to criticism and discouragement.  Hold off on most calls and emails til Tuesday.  They can wait unless they are a medical or spiritual emergency.
2.  You are susceptible to sexual temptation, whether in person or online.  Monitor your mood and your online activity everyday, but particularly on Mondays.
3.  Fatigue from Sunday means you have less energy to focus on important tasks on Monday.  …

Quotes »

[16 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 454 views]

I need to underscore a foundational fact: God’s goal is not to make sure you’re happy. No matter how hard it is for you to believe this, it’s time to do so. Life is not about your being comfortable and happy and successful and pain free. It’s about becoming the man or woman God has called you to be. Unfortunately, we will rarely hear that message proclaimed today. All the more reason for me to say it again: Life is not about you! It’s about God.

Quotes »

[8 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 650 views]

Lots of men would prefer their messages to die with them than have to share with a young man who might be able to deliver it better.

Illustrations and Research »

[30 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 393 views]

If you have some work to do,
Start this very hour;
You supply the willingness,
God supplies the power.

Ministry Development »

[28 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 819 views]

I’m always just a little leery of the phrase, “called to preach”.
In my estimation, a person is first “called to minister” before they find the distinct area that God is wanting to use them in.
I think people get messed up when they pursue some “high calling” without first learning to minister. Often they end up focused on perfecting a craft and carrying a card rather than reaching the lost and perfecting the saints.
In a tape on ministry instruction, Billy Cole once said, “If a man learns how to preach before …

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[27 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,031 views]
An Insight into Calling vs. Burden

Perhaps every minister desires to be in the will of God for their ministry, and many have given interpretations of exactly how to determine what the will of God is for your life. The purpose of this [article] is to provide a little insight for those who may at this time be seeking a direction or validating/confirming a calling from the Lord.
The Bible is clear that God orders the steps of a good man. Many people in the Bible did things for God only after He had told them where …