I talk to youth leaders across the country, many of whom feel like their pastors are not fully behind their youth ministry efforts. Speaking as a former church planter and preaching pastor, here are a few tips that will help get your Sr. Pastor on board with you and your youth ministry:1. Pray for your pastor.
God has given you spiritual leaders at your church who are under a tremendous amount of pressure. Pray for them.
Pastors can be suffering secret spiritual attacks that nobody is aware of and they need the people they work for and the staff they work with holding them up in prayer on a consistent basis. Even the great Apostle Paul asked the Ephesian believers to pray for him to have boldness as he shared the Gospel. more >>
In a message tailored to leaders within the local church, North Point Community Church senior pastor Andy Stanley cautioned attendees of Catalyst Cincinnati against putting theology above ministry, encouraging them to keep people first and to be good neighbors in their communities, loving enemies in order to "be the generation to awaken the culture to the wonder of God."
Seeking to help church leaders leverage their ministries, Stanley explained that rigid ministry systems and "lines in the sand" on cultural issues often "bump" people out rather than win them over. "There are no one-size-fits-all ministry rules," he said at the inaugural Cincinnatti event on Friday.
Stanley reminded the audience of 2,500 of how Jesus Christ disregarded status and appearances when he walked among the people, instead putting their needs first. "If Jesus was worried about guilt by association, he would've stayed in Heaven," Stanley said. The pastor added that the Church can have greater impact when it follows Christ's example of putting the needs of the people first. more >>
The nation is abuzz with the news that nineteenth century abolitionist Harriet Tubman will soon be placed on the $20.00 bill.
Nicknamed "Moses," Tubman led many slaves to freedom during the Antebellum Era and actively supported the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Yet there are many facts about Tubman's life that might not be well known to the American public, who will soon spend money printed with her countenance. more >>
This year's list of the 100 Most Influential People from Time Magazine is made up of the usual personalities and some surprises, too. The magazine released its 13th annual list on Thursday with six different covers showcasing seven of the honorees, including Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, recording artist Nicki Minaj, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, International Monetary Fund's Christine LaGarde, and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Just like the previous lists from Time, this year is graced by all sorts of personalities in different industries, but the common denominator is the fact that they come with the greatest influence to society, be it positive or negative. A mainstay in the list are political and religious leaders, music and film artists, and leaders of the business sector.
However, it is quite interesting to see that many of those who made it to the list this year come from the entertainment industry, including a few surprises like Aziz Ansari, Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie), and Gina Rodriguez, the star of Jane the Virgin. And of course, this list wouldn't be complete without Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner), the most prominent face of a transgender hoping to get the respect in America. more >>
Roman Catholics within the Republican Party apparently are unconcerned about Donald Trump's recent spat with Pope Francis.
According to a recently released poll from Reuters/Ipsos, since February the Republican frontrunner's favorability among Catholics within the GOP has increased.
"Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it," reported Reuters. more >>
Tennessee's legislature failed to override a veto on a bill that if enacted would have made the Holy Bible the state's official book.
After considerable debate the veto override failed by seven votes, falling short of the necessary number of 50 House members.
"Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former Baptist minister who was the main House sponsor of the measure, urged colleagues to follow what he called the 'will of the people' in rejecting the veto," reported the Associated Press. more >>