5 Reasons Your Church May Be So Small

Written by Allan Edwards I pastor a small church. I love small church life. I love the familiarity, the closeness, and the pace of life in small churches. We’re in a small town/rural community. We’re striving to repent of our self-righteousness. We’re … [Continue Reading...]

6 Tips from Small Church for Ministries of Any Size

A few years ago, my neighbors, Dan and Jill Johnson and their two kids, became enthralled with a megachurch. About every other month, they’d travel 200 miles to attend and soak up the excitement of the super church—the lively, professional worship, the … [Continue Reading...]

Hymn vs Praise Music

The differences between Hymns and Praise music: An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. “Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, however. … [Continue Reading...]

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part (Patience In Ministry And Parenting)

Written by Toby B. Holt “When ministering to others, it is easy to get frustrated with people who just “don’t get it” or don’t seem to have the will power to stop certain behaviors. It is easy to throw one’s arms up in the air when ministering to the … [Continue Reading...]

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The Top 5 Problems with Churches Needing Revitalization | Part 2

The insufficiency (or even total lack) of involvement in Mercy Ministries Don K. Clements Last week our topic (Number 1 on the list of Gaps in Ministry) was communication between the Session and the Congregation (including both ways; two and from … [Continue Reading...]

Building an Effective Ministry Team in the Smaller Church

By Glenn Daman Pastor John sat at his desk frustrated and discouraged. In the past several months he had been working with the board and the Christian education committee to form a new after-school program for children as a community outreach. When he … [Continue Reading...]

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The Top 5 Problems with Churches Needing Revitalization

What are the most common issues that Revitalization Plans have to work on? Don K. Clements This past Sunday (Aug 17) I had the privilege of preaching morning and evening at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. You may recognize the name … [Continue Reading...]

A Review: Some Reasons for Pastoral Burnout

Written by Shane Lems Clay Werner, a pastor in the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America), has been through the pastoral ringer and lived to write about it in his new book, On The Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pastor (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2014).  If … [Continue Reading...]

Tips For Hospital Visiting

Written by David Murray  “That fear of “What will I say?” deters lots of people from hospital visits. But you don’t need to say a lot. In fact, silence often communicates more than our words. You can speak of Christ’s sufferings and of how He … [Continue Reading...]

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Metokos Ministries | Schedule

At the end of each week, usually on Friday's, I'll try to post the schedule for the next couple of weeks in advance so you can keep track of my travels and pray for the various churches. Also, I will keep you informed of some times in the near future I … [Continue Reading...]

Personal Organization For The Sake Of Fruitful Ministry

Written by Derek J. Brown “Your time is much like your money: if you want to be generous with it, you must get organized.  Take a given week for example.  If you neglect to plan how you will use your time each day, you will most likely waste a lot of … [Continue Reading...]

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Our Newest Book is Now Available | Beyond The Sun: A Bible Study on Ecclesiastes

Metokos Press has just released our newest book, Beyond the Sun: A Bible Study on Ecclesiastes by David Feedes. Actually, it is the first book of what will be a series of about 8 books in what the author, David Feddes, former featured speaker on the … [Continue Reading...]

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Would a Division be Good for the PCA?

Did not the Prophet Amos pose the question: 'Can two walk together, except they be agreed?' Don K. Clements Monday July 28th was the 40th anniversary of my ordination in the PCA, although my certificate says I was ordained in the National … [Continue Reading...]

Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy

Written by David R. Wheeler  “Working multiple jobs is nothing new to pastors of small, rural congregations. But many of those pastors never went to seminary and never expected to have a full-time ministerial job in the first place. What’s new is the … [Continue Reading...]

Expectant Churches vs. Reactive Churches

Written by Chuck Lawless Reactive churches are led by “fireman” leaders. That is, their leaders spend their time “putting out fires” rather than casting vision and raising up leaders. Keeping the congregation happy today consumes more energy than … [Continue Reading...]

Nine Questions You Should Ask Before Leading a Church Revitalization

Written by Thom Rainier  “While we can’t presume upon God’s timing in our lives, we do not need to enter the leadership of church revitalization as a stepping stone assignment. Change is often painfully slow, three steps forward and two steps backward. … [Continue Reading...]

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It’s Only Pain

But when it lasts for over six months and is so debilitating you can't work, that cliché' doesn't work too well.  I haven't posted anything on the Metokos website for about a year. And I have not been able to do much else - including work - during the … [Continue Reading...]

You Might Want to Fact-Check Your Pastor’s Sermon

Written by Bob Smietana I’ve heard most of these in church or seen them in the pages of Christian publications. You may have heard a few of them, too: Church members get divorced at the same rate as anyone else. The church in the U.S. is dying. Most … [Continue Reading...]

Diagnosing the health of the church by Biblical Standards

Business models should not to be used in the church, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. In a recent article on The Aquila Report, PCA Teaching Elder Timothy Hammons gives a harsh critique to an article about unhealthy churches by zeroing … [Continue Reading...]

A Celebration of Revival: The Farmville Project

A Celebration of Revival:  The Farmville Event BACKGROUND: In recent years a group of PEF evangelists gather in one place to do a few days of intensive evangelism.   Because of the strong connection of Farmville, VA in the history of revivals in … [Continue Reading...]