Mercy and Justice on the Path to Gladness and Generosity in a Healthy Church, Part 2/3

Remember that tired and discouraged pastor from early in this series about the focus of Metokos?  He shared a number of things about his church that had him down emotionally. We could hear his frustration at efforts his church made that seemed to show no … [Continue Reading...]

Mercy and Justice Part 1/3

If we think of a blog a free food – free thought food, if you will, then here is the next tray. As you help yourself to the topic offered, keep talking to your conversation partner(s). Soon that conversation can lead to a relationship. The Metokos blog … [Continue Reading...]

Mercy, The Third Leg of the Healthy Church

Since we are looking at the health of the revitalized church as a three-legged stool, it is time to take a look at the third leg balancing the stool – Mercy Ministry. A revitalized church must address Mercy Ministries as well as Worship and Discipleship … [Continue Reading...]

Discipleship Revitalization

Worship, discipleship, and mercy – these are the three strong legs of the stool Metokos helps churches to build as they seek God’s direction in revitalizing themselves. I have given some thought seeds on worship. Now, let’s do the same for the second leg … [Continue Reading...]

I Am Dreaming of a “Flat Christmas”

There is a Christmas song that goes, “Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!” Too often for some pastors it feels like Christmas is coming and my church is going flat. Christmas somehow can become a routine that feels like a rut—a “flat rut” to … [Continue Reading...]

Metokos Ministries 2.0

The name for Metokos Ministries comes from the story in Luke 5 where the first class of disciples is found fishing. After listening to Jesus comment on their net placement, and following his direction, the fishermen of one boat found their nets breaking … [Continue Reading...]

Pray for the Pastor’s Wife: Love

Written by Megan Hill I have a friend who frequently asks me , “Would you pray that I could be what my husband and kids need?” Every time she asks, I am freshly astounded by her humility and love. She is a very gifted woman who would have much to offer … [Continue Reading...]

8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump

BY THOM S. RAINER , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight … [Continue Reading...]

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally answered, as more than 300 people gathered for a Sunday morning service. But … [Continue Reading...]

Small, Struggling Churches Look Outside Their Walls to Attract More Members

By Lindsay Corcoran Struggling with dwindling attendance, building maintenance challenges and the task of keep a staff to help fund the future, small churches are looking outside of their own walls to reach people in new ways to grow their … [Continue Reading...]

Why Villages Matter: How the Church Died in North Africa, but Survived in Egypt

In recent years, it has become popular among evangelicals (especially Reformed evangelicals) to emphasize church planting in big cities.  Numerous books, articles, and blog posts have put forth the call to plant churches in the major urban centers of the … [Continue Reading...]

Learning to Pastor

By Micah Fries I started serving as a pastor when I was 20 years old. Aside from a year serving as a church planter in Burkina Faso, I have been serving as a pastor ever since. I was recently thinking about the ways in which I’ve grown since I first … [Continue Reading...]

Should a Pastor Be Discouraged About His Small Church?

Written by Brian Croft Pastors, regardless the pressures you face in your congregation to “produce the numbers,”  focus on caring for souls.  Be faithful to evangelize, preach the gospel every week, pray for conversions, but make sure your primary … [Continue Reading...]

Small Church, Big hearts: Little Pikeville congregation finds a new way to reach those in need

By Kevin Hardy PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — You might call it the little church that could. Lee Station Baptist Church was already providing its community with a clothes closet, a food pantry and an impromptu winter shelter. But the recent gift of a quaint … [Continue Reading...]

Megachurch Trends We Small Churches Must Face

By Alan Rudnick The appeal of the megachurch is undeniable: big building, large worship setting, youth and children’s programs, and a semi-celebrity pastor. Yet many smaller churches have not learned from their large counter parts.  There are some things … [Continue Reading...]

The Future of the Church Isn’t Youth

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Editor’s note: The following is a summary prepared by Faith & Leadership of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Theses on Youth Work in the Church,” from Volume 12 of the “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works.” 1. The future of the church is not … [Continue Reading...]

Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian?

Written by Todd Pruitt If we associate God’s presence with a particular experience or emotion, what happens when we no longer feel it? We search for churches whose praise band, orchestra, or pipe organ produce in us the feelings we are chasing. But the … [Continue Reading...]

When Your Church Is Not Revitalizing

Written by Scott Slayton “Pastors can be tempted to shift into neutral when the church doesn’t appear to be doing well. There are many ways a pastor can look like he is busy while accomplishing absolutely nothing. The fire is gone, and he just clocks … [Continue Reading...]

Ten Traits of Pastors Who Have Healthy Long-term Tenure

By Thom S. Rainer Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for ten or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median tenure of a pastor at a church is … [Continue Reading...]

Small Churches Relish the Gift of Giving

By Vicky Travis Ministries at two College Grove churches that started with just a seed of an idea and limited amounts of resources have grown, even flourished, and now give food and clothes to many neighbors in need. The small churches, tucked into … [Continue Reading...]