THE KEY TO MINISTERING TO MILLENNIALS

BY COLEMAN RAFFERTY Despite its self-contradiction, the principle that exclusive, objective truth is unknowable has gained much traction in younger generations today. Our postmodern age has indoctrinated specifically the millennial generation with claims such as, “the truth is relative,” and, “what’s true for you may not be true for me.”…

BEWARE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Have you heard this joke? A person bought an elephant for a friend’s room. The friend thanked him to which the person said, “Don’t mention it.”  Think about it, you will get it. Hint: What is true of the elephant in the room?  Does your church have the proverbial elephant in the room? That uncomfortable…

7 REASONS TO BRING BACK THE INVITATION

I believe an invitation for people to respond to the preacher’s message should be given every time the Word is preached in a corporate gathering. From personal observation and from what I’m reading lately, it seems to me that a growing number of pastors disagree with me. Here’s a recent blog…

IS YOUR CHURCH DOING ONLINE GIVING?

As a District Superintendent I am always on the lookout for ways to help leaders. Sometimes I might be able to point leaders to biblical or theological resources, and sometimes it’s purely practical. If I find something that can help leaders save time and money I’m definitely interested. In recent…

FIVE PREACHING SINS

For those who have a high view of scripture and take seriously the call to preach and teach the Word, we are standing on a sure foundation.  However, there are still some of what I call “preacher sins” that are way too common and MUST be avoided: 1. LAZINESS “Those…

TIME FOR SHARPENING

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 This verse speaks to an important principle: leaders NEED other leaders to speak with and do life with in order to keep growing.  With that in mind, I want to invite you into two things that I believe may…

MEET THE WILSONS!

Our EFCA mission is to multiply transformational churches among all people. That’s why I’m excited about the work God is doing with the Wilson family as they begin their new season of ministry in Roanoke, Virginia. Charles and His wife Tranay began serving in youth ministry at their home church in…

HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE

As I see what’s happening as the result of Hurricane Harvey, I can’t help but be drawn back to another recent storm and the lessons I learned through it. It was only a few years ago that I sat in absolute awe of two opposing forces: the destructive power of nature and the…

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

On Monday, President Trump did what many people thought he should’ve done on Saturday – when he finally denounced the specific hate groups (the KKK, neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists) who were at the core of the violence in Charlottesville. Many Americans were incensed that the one who is notoriously quick to call out people on twitter chose silence in this…

EVERYONE NEEDS A COACH

Think about this… Steph Curry has a shooting coach. Serena Williams has a tennis coach. Mariah Carey has a voice coach. Jordan Spieth has a swing coach. Do you look at that list and wonder, “Why?” Who is qualified to teach them how to get better? I certainly do. Good things…

WHAT GOD CAN DO

A friend and mentor of mine is Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Though he has been in high demand for conferences and events around the world for decades, he routinely hosts small gatherings of 25-50 pastors and leaders at their location on Smith Street.  On a couple of occasions he invited me and…

WHY BE CREDENTIALED IN THE EFCA?

Did you know that not all of our pastors are credentialed in the EFCA? I have never quite understood that. I get that the ‘free’ in Evangelical Free Church can mean that no one can tell me what to do. But why not become credentialed in the EFCA? It’s like not getting a license…

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