Tools of the Trade For the Week of September 14, 2020

I hope you had a good weekend. Is your church slipping slowly back to normal? I’d like to hear about it in the comments section or by email.

Here are some great articles for this week:

Older Women, Young Churches Need You is a great article to share with women in your seniors group, women’s ministry, or as as an encouragement to some of the older gals in your congregation who have a heart for the Lord.

Reading the Old Testament with the Apostles. Sometimes the apostles’ use of the OT makes us scratch our head. This should help us understand their approach.

4 Principles for Re-Evaluating Your Missions Strategy

If you’ve come into a church as new pastor, you may look at your missionary commitments and wonder if there is any rhyme or reason to them. This is usually “don’t poke the bear” territory, but you can make some good changes if you move s-l-o-w-l-y.

Advice for New Seminary Students

This is a podcast by Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz. If you are, or know of, someone in school – new or not – this might be helpful/

Why Christians Replace Bible Reading With Other Resources

This article is worthwhile on its own, but it highlights three reasons why Christians struggle with personal Bible reading. It reminds me again that we can’t assume that people know how to read Scripture.

How Should I Pray When I Want to Quit Ministry? Hopefully you never get to this point, but there are times . . . .

What Christian Forgiveness of Abuse Means (and Doesn’t Mean)

Our staff had a very helpful discussion on sexual abuse this past week. Whenever the subject of abuse comes up, a discussion of forgiveness is not far behind. I found this to be helpful reading.

The Top Generosity Trigger for Most Churches

This was good reading, and not surprising.

5 Keys to Preaching to the Kids in Your Pews

Some churches are reopening without children’s ministries because of COVID. This writer has some great suggestions for not leaving the kids behind when they’re with their parents in the service.

Evernote for Pastoral Care

A good part of my job involves pastoral care, and I was looking online for resources to help me track calls and visits. I’ve recommended Evernote for saving articles like these, but here’s another use for this helpful (and free) resource.

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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