• 8 Quick Tips for Starting a College-age Ministry

    We are often asked, by both leaders in student ministries as well as lead pastors, the question, “What do you do for young adult/collegiates in a local church context?” One of our good friends, Bob Hetzler, has a key interest in young adult/collegiate ministry and has written a very interesting article identifying 8 quick tipsContinue reading →

  • Setting the Salaries for Church Staff

    Setting the salaries for church staff can be difficult, especially the pastor’s salary.  Here are practical suggestions from Knute Larson to make the task easier and more consistent. For sure a church should have steps for evaluating and setting salaries on paper so that “the wheel” is not reinvented each year. This will also helpContinue reading →

  • 3 Things a Youth Pastor Would Like Their Senior Pastor to Know

    3 Things a Youth Pastor Would Like Their Senior Pastor to Know

    Having people serve in significant roles under a senior pastor’s leadership is necessary, beneficial, and biblical.  A senior pastor needs these key staff members to help equip others to do the work of the ministry. The time and conversations that senior pastors have with these individuals are crucial. But sometimes there are thoughts these staffContinue reading →

  • 3 Things Senior Pastors Should Know About Children’s Ministry

    How important do you think children’s ministry is? A children’s ministry is generally viewed as a necessary part of the church’s ministry, but is it? Are the workers who volunteer in this area seen as a valuable part of the church mission? Jon Rauch, a veteran children’s pastor, shares some thoughts on how a leadContinue reading →

  • How to Minister to a Family Dealing With the Chronic Illness of a Loved One

    By: Matt and Julie Leach We have all felt inadequate and even uncomfortable as we try to give support to a family in need.  We may have said some of the dreaded clichés, such as, “God won’t give you more than you can handle!” or “You’re so strong! I wouldn’t be able to do whatContinue reading →

  • Five Keys to Equip Others and Multiply Your Ministry – Tom Julien

    A ministry with the greatest harvest is one where there is reproduction—multiplication of the efforts of the leader in the lives of others. But as a pastor you can be very busy with day-to-day ministry. How can you do one more thing? Learn how to multiply your efforts by reading this article by Tom Julien.Continue reading →

  • The Most Important Things a Pastor Can Do To Connect With His Local Community

    Pastor Bob Combs has been in ministry for over forty years.  “For all those who know him,” says Timothy Kurtaneck of CE National, “there is no denying that he is one good looking guy!”  We asked Pastor Bob to share what he has seen to be the most important parts of a pastor connecting withContinue reading →

  • The Three Most Important Ways a Lead Pastor Can Invest Himself

    This is for my wife, Jeanine, and every other wife, and God also. Shepherd, lead, and teach, are secondary to my relationship with God and then family, and the love work that is attached to them! But when it comes to the church: shepherd, lead, teach. No question.

  • Ed Lewis Talks About Living ON MISSION

    Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, talks about what it takes for a believer to live ON MISSION. What a joy to see you walking in the faith! I love that you serve Jesus and that you are living for Him. My goal in life has been to stimulate vision for the needs ofContinue reading →

  • Easy Staff Evaluations

    Annual performance reviews can be intimidating for pastors to give to staff. .  But they don’t have to be with the the right tool. Ed Short, CE National’s Church Ministry Coach and Consultant, shared this ministry review he encourages pastors he coaches to use.  Feel free to use this resource, or adapt it as necessary, to best assistContinue reading →

  • Strategic Church Planting Starts Here

    “The start of strategic church planting,” Mike Pumphrey will tell you, “is to reach the end of yourself.” Mike Pumphrey has served as the Lead Pastor for the past five years at Awaken Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has walked his team through the process of a church plant several times.

  • How to do Community Outreach Blitz’s

    Mike Silliman serves on the outreach and evangelism team at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. His team’s outreaches are well known in the Goshen area. Donning matching blue shirts on blitz days, they have built up a friendly reputation within their community. Some of their community outreach efforts have included:

  • Defining “Team” – A Pastor’s Perspective

    Trust is foundational. Before anything else, I believe that trust must be earned, stored, and saved before it is spent. Healthy teams require takes trust which is built upon a legacy of consistency. As the Lead Pastor at Awaken Church, I know it is my responsibility to initiate ways to build this trust within myContinue reading →

  • Don't Put Old Folks Out to Pasture

    Pastor Lee Seese, a long time CE National board member, passed along a terrific article that came through Mike’s Funnies (www.mikeysFunnies.com) By Dr. Pat Otwell Aged and unproductive farm animals were often “put out to pasture” when their days of usefulness ended. They no longer had responsibilities but just grazed on the land becoming receiversContinue reading →

  • Defining Vision: Part Two

    Last week we ventured into how defining ministry vision statements in short, memorable soundbytes allow our congregations to embody the purposes of the Church. This is not about savvy marketing or clichés. Instead, by diving into the unique mission that your church is able to be a light to in your specific community—it is aContinue reading →

  • Defining Vision leads to Action

    Some of the most famous companies in the world are as such because they are indelibly branded in our minds—their slogans firm in our memory. “I’m loving it” “Just do it” “Eat fresh” “Finger licking good” Can you name them? Most of us don’t even have to think. We know McDonalds, Nike, Subway’s, and KFC’sContinue reading →

  • 6 Rhythms to Establish Missional Living

    At the recent Flinch conference, Pastor Kalownaski encouraged pastors and church leaders to embed a missional lifestyle into our daily habits. His six takeaways allow us to glimpse life-on-life ministry as simple and attainable. “We have one life.” He shared.  “How we spend it has little to do with you or me –it is aboutContinue reading →

  • Intentionally Seeking Vital Ministry Opportunities

    Renowned Business Expert, Stephen Covey introduced the world to his Time Management Matrix. The goal of utilizing this tool was to visualize what priorities you and your team place on various types of tasks.

  • Sample Questions for Pastoral Search Teams

    Here is the list of what I think are important questions for an interview for a pastor (or a pastoral staff member, with appropriate adaptations). Three giant issues here are the strong initial investigation, the thoroughness and uniqueness of the various interviews, and the last step of two full Sundays at the church preaching, withContinue reading →

  • Navigating Conflict in the Church

    It’s a fact of life that wherever two or three are gathered together, there will be conflict. Below are some general principles about conflict that have worked well in the congregations I’ve served.