Tools of the Trade For May 18, 2020

May 18! Good grief! We should be almost two months into the baseball season at this point! Well, here are some links to some resources that I’ve come up with this week.

Have you ever had the opportunity to attend Together For the Gospel? This biennial conference was mind-altering for me. I attended the first one years ago and was able to go to several others over the course of my ministry. The first T4G was attended by under 1000, but is has grown to close to 10,000 from what I understand. The conference ended up being held online this year because of the you-know-what. All of the sessions are here.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary puts out a weekly newsletter and recommended this book by Aaron Menikoff called “Character Matters – Shepherding in the Fruit of the Spirit.” The premise resonates with me. I hope to read it soon.

Shepherding involves looking after those who wander. Jeramie Rinne writes about 5 Common Ways Church Members Go Astray.

Many churches will have to adjust budgets once the pandemic is over. Often missions is an area that gets cut. But read this article by Paul Chitwood before you decide who and what you trim from the budget.

Alex Hong writes about how to counsel those who are dealing with anxiety, loneliness, or depression. All three are common during this time, but the article has uses beyond these circumstances.

Trevin Wax asks, “What are the metrics for a church’s success? For decades now, pastors have joked about the three B’s: bodies, buildings, and budgets.” Then he blows up those categories.

Do you have moments when you wonder if you’d be better off doing something other than ministry? Here’s an article by David Schrock on what he learned from a guy who followed his calling for 70 years. Yeah, 70 years.

Rachel Green Miller helps us understand what it means to empathize with others.

David Prince tells us why the way we deliver a sermon is so important.

Jeff Robinson and Gavin Ortlund answer the question “What Theological Hills Should We Be Willing to Die On?”

This article, directed at church planters, deals with the subject of reopening after the pandemic. I suspect Dayton Hartman’s questions apply to a broader audience, so take up and read!

Anything there that looks helpful? I hope so! Thanks for stopping by and reading! Lord willing I will see you on Wednesday.

Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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