The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant

Overlooked People

The other day I got a question from a church planter that I hear a lot: How do I get older, more mature Christians to my church plant? How do I engage and utilize the gifts of business leaders in my church? The answers are deeply connected. Most church plants are filled with young professionals, young families, and singles. Because of this, most church plants have a lot of energy and a lot of Read More

Where Shall We Stand?

Where shall we stand-

SCRIPTURE I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. – Revelations 3: 15 OBSERVATION This scripture speaking to the Church in Laodicea about the “lukewarm” way they pursued their religion and followed their God. It is a rebuke to the Church, Read More

Worn and New

Worn and New

Have you ever noticed that everything in your life wears out? The jacket you loved so much at the mall is now beaten up, with stains and smudges and frayed ends. The brand new car you drove off the lot doesn’t shine like it used to, and now is just a normal old ride with scratches and squeaks like everyone else. Your smartphone and tablet don’t run as flawlessly as they did the first day you Read More

Don’t Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Matters into your own hands

Unfortunately, Abraham and Sarah did just that. Remember the story of when God promised them that they would bear a son, even though they were already on Medicare? This took place before God changed their names: from Sarai to Sarah and Abram to Abraham. The story goes something like this: God said to Abram, “Abram, you’re going to have a child, you and Sarai.” Abram looked at his reflection Read More

How to Counsel Towards Resolution

Counsel Towards Resolution

  Part of your role as a pastor or staff leader in the church is to counsel people under your care. The people that come to you are in spiritual warfare. Your goal is to move towards quick resolution in a biblical manner backed by scripture. There is a huge difference between being empathetic about their situation or bringing about a resolution that connects the person back to Christ. I Read More

Faith & the Pygmalion Effect

Faith and the Pygmalion Effect

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49) This reminds me of the Pygmalion effect. In simplest terms it means that what we believe may eventually come to pass. Read More

Looking in the Wrong Places

LOOKINGIN THE WRONG PLACES

A daily devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro. Scripture But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24 Observation It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure Read More

Life Skills – Etiquette and Manners

Life Skills

This post was one part of the multiple post series Life Lessons. To view the previous post of the series: Life Lessons – Six Indispensable Lessons click here. Etiquette rules help us value other human beings. Each of us should behave respectfully toward others, regardless of their age or gender. Manners are important because they build character, build self-esteem and help create a positive environment. Manners Read More

Ambassadors For Christ

Ambassador for Christ

If you’ve heard me speak or if you’ve read any of my books, what I’m about to write shouldn’t be new to you: if you’re an adopted child of God, you’re not just called to be a recipient of saving grace; you’ve now been called to be a participant of that same redeeming grace. In other words – pastors aren’t supposed to be the only Christians in ministry. Every believer is called to be in ministry, Read More

Bold Faith or Rash Impulses?

Mentoring Leaders - Bold Faith or Rash Impulses

A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” – John 11:16 OBSERVATION Thomas is commonly known to be the “Doubter!” He along with the other disciples fled the scene of the gloomy garden, when Jesus was arrested. John records Thomas displaying Read More