Over 100 days have passed since Hurricane Michael ravaged Panama City. There really are no words to paint an accurate picture of the devastation that lies in the wake of this storm – even months after the event. Those who … Read More
On October 10, everything changed. Today is December 10. Many of the changes are encouraging, while others remain discouraging. So, here’s an honest look at what has been transpiring in our congregation in Panama City. Encouraging: Immediately following Hurricane Michael, … Read More
Pastoring a small church presents unique challenges and opportunities. However, it’s more about believing God for great things and living in the anticipation and reality of the impact we are making in the lives of people and our surrounding community. Little is much when God is in it. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” You cannot make disciples unless you reach your community. Our church is significant and necessary in our community. We’re making an impact in our corner of the world. Small groups offer more individual contact with the congregation. We listen to people, pray with them, identify with their needs, and challenge them to believe God will do great things in their lives. We believe in God for the greatness that He sees in them. In many cases, the family is so broken today. Therefore, the family environment of a small church can become a surrogate family. Small churches can welcome people in and make them feel like family and get to know them more easily. Young people can be in a smaller-church environment where they have mothers and fathers in the Lord who can love them and make them feel significant. Small churches are able to initiate change more readily. For example, we may say, “We’ll give it a 3 month trial period; if it doesn’t work, we will change it.” We have that ability as a smaller church and are generally more adaptable. If God can use two fish and five loaves, then He can use a small church.
Author: Erik Raymond Introduction As a pastor I often get the question, “Do you have any advice for helping my kids to benefit from the sermon?” This is a question that I really appreciate because it recognizes the importance of … Read More
The next time you go to a movie, look around and spot the person that is in the prime seat—dead middle, eye level with the center of the screen. That’s what 20 minutes early gets you. Popcorn and drink in … Read More
My spiritual journey begins with a childhood filled with religion and religious duties. Not a relationship but a world of tradition and rules. When I left home, I quickly abandoned all thoughts of anything concerning God and religion. By the … Read More