A Friendly Church Is Hard to Find

Authors: Gene & Nancy Preston Our family returned to the U.S. last summer after nearly two decades of living abroad, where we were active in several international congregations. We settled into…

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Accepting Criticism

Criticism is one of the sharpest tools God uses in molding us into humble and effective servants of His. How we handle the negative feedback of others can affect our…

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Elders and Women

Men lead, women follow. Right? However, if we male elders aren’t careful, we can look self-serving and disingenuous if that is all we teach on the subject. A great weight…

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Encouraging the Sick

 Quarantined! Upon returning from a trip to Colombia, South America, I was exhausted and dehydrated—feeling miserable. With alarms of “malaria,” the doctors quarantined me in the local hospital. All I…

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Going Deeper With People

We elders are called to rise above our own personal reaction to people’s outward presentation of themselves and go deeper in trying to understand and minister to them. Yet, as…

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Grief & Grieving

This is an annonymous, general letter from a grieving couple: Please… 1. Know that we need you. We may not ask for help (we may be much too numb), but…

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Handling Handouts

The phone rings, his story tugs at your heart. A young man’s car broke down while traveling cross country to visit his sick mother for Christmas. He has no money…

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Honoring Widows

Hands down, the telltale characteristic of a church that is genuinely following Jesus Christ is found in our Lord’s upper-room comment, “By this all men will know that you are…

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Hospital Visitation

As shepherds of God’s flock we take our example from Christ himself: “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”  We need to “know”…

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How To Choose A Church

We want to address helping Christians find a church. For some this is a no-brainer, just find the nearest church of their denomination or movement. For a more thoughtful approach,…

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Internet Accountability

The internet is a great tool for accomplishing a lot in our technologically advanced society. Yet with a single click it can easily bring temptation to the believer. Many people…

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Lesbian Funeral

Homsexuality is becoming increasingly main stream in our society, and the church cannot escape dealing with it. With the recent news of a church that at the last minute cancelled…

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One-Minute Shepherding

Today (Sunday) you, as a church leader or elder, will be busy at church. People to touch basis with, questions to answer, decisions to make, etc. But people need shepherding…

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One-Minute Shepherding

That’s ridiculous, you may say. How can an elder be an effective shepherd in one minute? Shepherding takes far more time than that! We must first grapple with the reality…

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Pastoral Response to Child Abuse

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) - This is the best resource I’ve come across that has a number of articles, presentations, videos and recommended books that are…

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PREP

As an elder, you have probably spent countless hours listening to and studying the Word, in meditation and prayer. Unfortunately, this can render you ineffective in teaching new believers how…

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Shepherding The Sick

Shepherding The Sick In another article, we looked at basic etiquette and the need to listen when visiting Christians who are sick. Now we are ready to consider how to…

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