Thursday, October 30, 2008

My New Assignment and Contact Information

Hey Friends

I wanted you to know that in a couple days I will move to a full time role at Gladeville Baptist Church as their Pastor for Vision and Purpose. I will be leading the staff and helping to align our leadership and church family to our vision and purpose. I would appreciate your prayers!

I've been on staff at GBC as Pastor for Spiritual Growth for the past 2 1/2 years in a bivocational role.

My last day at LifeWay is tomorrow (Fri, Oct. 31) but I will continue to send the weekly pastors today e-newsletter and edit the pastors area of lifeway.com on a contract basis.

You can connect with me here ...

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig_Webb/526681166

Twitter http://twitter.com/pastorstoday/

Church Website http://www.gladevillechurch.org/

thanks so much!

Craig

Friday, October 24, 2008

15-Page Sample of Let's Worship Magazine

A month ago, I let you know about the eight sermons from Exodus by Calvin Wittman that coincide with the 2009 January Bible Study. I wanted you to know that there are four more sermons on Exodus by Calvin in the Winter 2008-2009 Edition of Let's Worship Magazine (One in the print and three on the included CD-Rom). If you don't already subscribe to this great magazine for pastors and worship leaders I encourage you to view the 15-page sample I posted here.

The sample includes info about the Acts 1:8 Challenge, Calvin's sermon, "Preparing for Service" from Exodus 4:18-26, as well as 13 "Missions Moments" by Trent Butler to call attention to missions anywhere your church serves or sends.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Howard Dayton's Four Steps to Prevent Further Personal Financial Problems

Howard Dayton of crown.org has a simple and practical article on LifeWay.com called Help in a Financial Crisis. Here is an excerpt ...
What we do and allow in moderation, our children will allow and do in excess. - Benjamin Disraeli in an 1865 address before the British House of Commons
Financial problems can be devastating, so it makes good sense for families to practice prevention rather than recuperation. You may feel it's too late to practice prevention, but it's not. In fact, the only way to correct a downward financial spiral is to institute basic, simple, preventive measures in order to counterbalance unbiblical financial practices and to prevent further financial problems. 

Here are four steps

The first is obvious – stop borrowing
"The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous is gracious and giving" (Psalm 37:21).

Scripture clearly indicates that borrowing isn't God's best for His people and should never be used as a routine part of financial planning – especially now.

Start saving
"Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them" (Proverbs 21:20).

Today, spending and borrowing are promoted, and saving is discouraged. But God's principles encourage saving for future needs and purchases, rather than borrowing or using credit.

Avoid hasty decisions and ignore pitches such as, "buy now, before it's too late"
"The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless only becomes poor" (Proverbs 21:5).

Patience and consistency, rather than quick decisions and looking for instant success, are the ways to financial security. Discipline yourself to work and save to reach a goal.

Develop and live by a budget
"Poverty and disgrace [come to] those who ignore instruction, but the one who accepts rebuke will be honored" (Proverbs 13:18).

Learn to develop and live on a balanced budget – a monthly spending plan. If you don't, chances are that the cycle of debt will continue and could easily worsen. Those mounting monthly payments probably aren't quite as "easy" to make as they are alleged to be.

If Christian families would live by sound biblical financial principles, they would be lights to show others the way to financial freedom. Larry Burkett believed that with consistent teaching and discipline of God's principles, it would take less than a generation to break the financial bondage under which so many Christians live, and free them to fund the work of the Lord.

How to Raise Expectations through a Membership Class

Dan Garland, our Director of Pastoral Ministries and Church Consulting says, "raising expectations begins by clearly communicating the expectations associated with the discipleship process of your church." He suggests the following:
  • Begin by developing a clear, easily explained, and communicated mission / purpose statement.
  • Communicate this mission statement to all the membership.
  • Develop a membership class for all new members.
Dan has written two very practical articles to help you get yours started

Thursday, October 9, 2008

At Chris Ediger's House with Friends 7 People 8 Macs


We are all staying at Chris and Andrea Ediger's House and having a great time. After eating out at Armando's Cuban Restaurant we are back at their house.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Top 10 Ideas for Clergy Appreciation Month

Pastor, I hope you know I appreciate the work that you do. I'm thankful for the opportunity that I and others at LifeWay have to express this by providing strong Biblical resources as well as complimentary articles and free model sermons.

For those of you who are not pastors and want to express appreciation for your pastor, Diana Davis, author of Fresh Ideas, offers 10 Ideas for Clergy Appreciation (includes a free download of a complimentary pastor appreciation worksheet).

Read Top 10 Ideas for Clergy Appreciation Month now and access the free download.