Is it time to close our doors?

The leadership of Grace Church was facing a pastoral vacancy, a recurring challenge in the life of a congregation. They were also challenged by declining worship attendance, the absence of new members (by birth or profession), insufficient resources to call a full-time pastor, and a tired but dwindling core-group of dedicated members who felt an…

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Request #1: On Worship Attendance

Can we stop claiming it’s not about numbers while at the same time advertising our worship attendance? Have you ever asked the same question? Perhaps you were at a conference featuring the pastor of a large church. The short bio in the program informed you of the thousands attending the church. The host who introduced…

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Solo Pastor opportunity on the banks of the Mississippi

The First Reformed Church of Fulton, IL looks forward to discovering the woman, man or couple God is preparing to serve as its next Pastor. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced general practitioner, a pastor who loves planning and leading worship, preparing and delivering sermons, providing pastoral care and spiritual direction, working alongside…

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What is the mission of your church?

It was hard to admit but after several weeks of conversations with congregants, Grace Church was forced to acknowledge that their mission as a church was maintenance. They discovered that their entire purpose boiled down to keeping the church running and paying the bills.  Now there are people who get excited about maintenance, auto mechanics…

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Worship Leader Opportunity

Parkview Community Church (Glen Ellyn, IL), a nondenominational church serving the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking its next Worship Leader. Each week this gifted artist will be responsible for creating and delivering an inspiring gathering through words (both spoken and sung) which encourages 750-800 adults who gather weekly to join their hearts and voices…

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What is the Mission of God?

What is the mission of God? Much has been written in recent years in response to this question, especially among those in the “missional movement.” From this impressive pile of literature we find agreement on, at least, this much: The mission of God is to create a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people…

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A Pastor Who Affirms But Doesn’t Agree With Every Jot or Tittle

What is of more value to the local congregation? A pastor who wholeheartedly and unreservedly believes in, agrees with, and subscribes to the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Or a pastor who promises to affirm wholeheartedly and not publicly contradict the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Granted, a congregation…

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Worship Leader Opportunity in Central Valley of CA

First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) The First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) has begun a search for a full-time Worship Leader who will have the privilege of developing and leading the worship ministry of the congregation, both on and off the platform. The ideal candidate for the Worship Leader is a maturing and competent…

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Question #12

The time has come to search for a new pastor and you wonder how to go about such an awesome responsibility. You hope and pray for a candidate who embodies the 5 Cs: Character, Competency, Chemistry (fit with your congregation), Culture (fit with your community), and Credentials. But how do you find such a person?…

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