One of my favorite passages in Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10. In these verses, the Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse into the life a church that he is especially thankful for. In describing what it is that he appreciates about this church, Paul has provided us with an ecclesial pattern worthy of imitation. In […]
When you receive the call to pastor a local church, you also are called to minister to that community. You never fully know what will occur in that community, but you know you better be ready. When shots rang out at the campus of Umpqua Community College on October 1st, 2015, local pastors in Roseburg, OR were challenged with how to respond.
God has a great track record of using the smaller, weaker things of the world to accomplish His will. He gets more of the glory that way. The litmus test for how much a church can accomplish for God isn’t the size of the church, but the willingness to allow Him to work through them. God uses churches of all shapes and sizes.
What does the Bible say our responsibility is in light of large scale geo-political events? As a pastor, do you have any insight in how to shepherd members of my congregation through this issue?
Let’s say you’re in this boat too: being convinced by Scripture and convicted by the Holy Spirit to step out, deeply burdened to see lost people in your neighborhood, bars, coffee shops, gyms, grocery stores, and schools meet Jesus. This means you have to think like a missionary—a mindset that requires both studying the culture you find yourself in, as well as engaging with it.