Archive for February, 2009

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10 ways to protect your ministry from an affair

February 11, 2009

To find a video resource click here.

Click here for an article on marriage.

1. Don’t counsel a person of the opposite sex without someone present.

2. Never go anywhere alone with a woman.

3. Remember the 3 second rule

4. Never touch a woman if you find yourself alone with her.

5. Don’t meet a woman at her home without your wife.

6. Never give private details about your life or marriage.

7. Don’t keep appreciation notes from women to read when your marriage gets tough.

8. When a woman comes on to you stop her immediately. Don’t flirt back.

9. Establish an accountability partner.

10. Have quality talk time with your wife daily. Communicate.

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Do these 10 things define your church?

February 1, 2009

I pray that the following list is not what defines your church. Let me know your thoughts on this podcast.

1. long services– Most churches (these days) have a set time for worship services. This is true especially if your church holds multiple weekend services. Your worship service should not wear out the patience of the saints.

2. geriatric haven– If your church is not a youthful church then eventually it will die. Church growth experts suggest that growth must include biological growth. While we don’t want to kick geriatrics to the curb, we do want to open our church doors to youth and young adults. Is your church a geriatric haven? If the answer is yes, is your church destined to die?

3. dead worship– Any church teaching the Gospel (Good News) can’t be a dead church. The wonderful message of the Gospel should bring excitement to all who hold it dear. However, many Christian churches are plagued by dead worship. Take a look at our worship liturgy to see if you’re guilty of dead worship.

4. boring preaching– This goes along with dead worship. Preaching Christ should never be BORING! One reason preaching is boring is due to the fact that many preachers don’t adequately prepare for the sermon time. If Christ is lifted the sermon will draw all people to Him. It will never be boring.

5. unfriendly– I’ve been to so many churches that are just COLD. These churches are so unfriendly that you have no desire to return. I pray that this will never define your church or mine. Your church should strive to be the friendliest church.  

6. cliquish– We must attempt to create an environment of inclusiveness. We must uphold the biblical model that we are all one in Christ Jesus. We should not have cliques that exclude any individuals in the church or outside. We need to teach through our lives that cliques are OUT!

7. maintenance– I’ve spoke about this topic many times. Maintenance ministry is not needed nor should it be accepted. Maintenance ministry leads to us thinking we can do the same things over again expecting different results-insanity.

8. raggedy building– We must not allow our buildings to be dilapidated buildings. The house of God should look beautiful. The building should be as beautiful as we can make it. 

9. no parking– Your church must have adequate parking. If you expect people to attend your church you must have a place for them to park. Parking is extremely important.

10. lack of innovation– Innovation is lacking in many Christian churches today. Innovation is needed to connect with the culture. Is your church lacking innovation?