Are We in a Southern Baptist Recession?

When I served as a pastor, I was sometimes criticized for emphasizing numbers, such as how many people attended the previous week’s Sunday School and worship services and how many baptisms we had in a year’s time. That is the way most local church leaders think — and rightly so, I contend. Statistics for 2008 […]

The Biggest Giver Ever!

What else can you say on special days? That was the haunting question I asked myself as a pastor after serving a relatively long tenure in one church. Easter and Christmas came every year. So did Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the Fourth of July as well as various other times on the church and […]