The Rock Star Pastor Let’s talk about obscure 90’s bands, shall we? When I was a freshman in high school, the band Blind Melon (some call them a one-hit wonder, but I think that undermines their talent) came out with the song “No Rain.” I couldn’t get enough of it. That’s the song I currently…

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99.9% of the time, your family is part of your church body. That can lead to some sticky situations for a pastor’s family: from church bleeding over into family life, to the big stuff (a rebellious child, a medical crisis that becomes very public). Being a pastor is your job, yes, but it’s a little…

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Are you coming off the Easter glow? The Sunday was a success: people came, heard the Gospel and now you have a lot of momentum going at your church. People are EXCITED to be there. Now the onus is on you to take that momentum and do something. With the excitement of growth comes the…

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Hey, it’s Michael.  That’s me in the white shirt and tie. In 1991, I walked down the aisle at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida to surrender to full time Christian ministry. I didn’t really understand those terms, or the ramifications of that decision. But I remember a strong pull to abandon my desire to be…

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And on the eighth day, God looked down on his beloved people and said, “I need someone to teach them.” So God made a preacher. God said, “I need someone willing to study the gospel, meditate on it for a while, then study it again and write a clear and persuasive message that accurately represents…

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Aside from unique campus pastor or teaching pastor situations, there are several things the senior pastor should not delegate. Vision stewardship.   I think the senior pastor is the primary champion of the specific vision. Like an army general, he must rally the troops to accomplish the specific vision and keep the leaders focused on…

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