Saturday, September 2, 2017

Notable Voices and the Week in Review: September 2, 2017

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3 Reasons Pastors Have Access to Their Church Members’ Giving RecordsArt Rainer

Many pastors want to avoid knowing their church members’ giving recordings. There are a few reasons for their avoidance. They don’t want to be perceived as showing favoritism, desiring to spend more time on other ministerial duties, and receiving advice from their peers who recommend avoiding it. But some pastors have a different view. While they understand the reasons why pastors avoid giving records, they feel that reasons to access the records outweigh the reasons for avoiding them. Here are three reasons pastors have access to their church members’ giving records:


Renovating Your Church Without Wrecking Your MinistryChris Hefner

Our church just completed a sanctuary renovation in the spring. The renovation updated our sanctuary significantly and created more stage space so our contemporary service could worship in our sanctuary (we had been meeting in our fellowship hall). We were also able to add effective seating by transitioning from pews to worship seating. We are grateful that the project is completed and have benefited from worshiping in our renovated sanctuary. These several considerations I trust will save you some headaches as you envision and complete a renovation or new construction.


How to Blow Up Your Local AssociationSam Rainer

In our denomination, an association is a group of local churches tied to a specific geographic area. Think of it as a network of churches in one area focused on community-specific needs. Some associations are large and thriving. Ours is neither. We’re the Manatee Association, named after our county, but it’s an apt name. Manatees are gracious and kind animals, but they just tend to float and graze. Sea cows. The locals call them sea cows. Sea cows don’t go anywhere fast. That is our association. But not anymore. We blew up our association. Perhaps that’s not the best phrase. Nothing is destroyed, but I believe everything will be different now.


4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families — Jaime Owens

Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so. Below I want to offer four lies that can cause young pastors to neglect their families:


5 Good Reasons A Church Should CloseCarey Nieuwhof

Once we rediscovered the church’s mission, things began to change dramatically. That’s my wish for every church. But sadly, it doesn’t happen nearly enough. So how do you know the end is near? When should a church close? Here are 5 good reasons a church should throw in the towel and close its doors if it doesn’t want to change.


3 Unhealthy Reasons Pastors Talk to Search TeamsEric Geiger

Some pastors engage in ongoing conversations with pastoral search teams with little to no intention of really considering going to the church they are supposedly considering. They make trips, enjoy dinners, fill out questionnaires, look at homes online, and spend months in conversations just to play the game of going through the process. Some ministry leaders flirt with a church search team with no intention of really even having a date. Why on earth would they do this? What is going on? At least one of three things is at work in the pastor’s heart:


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