A Respite for the Soul and Reaching Out for Help

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

One thing pastors often fail to do well is to take some time of Sabbath and Sabbatical.  Times of rest and refreshing are so important to our long-term health but the pressing needs of ministry priorities and life responsibilities often drown out the crying of our soul.  This is even more prevalent among our bi-vocational pastors who manage full-time jobs … Read More

College – The Most Strategic Ministry?

Adam BurtAll Enews, Next-Gen

Do you remember your college years? Do you wish there was more gospel presence or less during that time? For many young adults, college is the first time out of their parent’s home; quite far from that home in some cases.  During college, many will meet lifelong friends, future spouses, cement their priorities/world view and make Ramen Noodles one of … Read More

God is Good…All the Time

Rhonda MagnerAll Enews

God is good…all the time. And all the time…God is good. This is something you frequently hear at Trinity Baptist Church in Billings Heights. It was the first Sunday morning in March when the members at TBC voted on a goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. “Well, we stretched ourselves last year when we set a goal of $2,500.00. … Read More

What to Do When You Want to Give Up

Pastor Rick WarrenAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Originally published by pastors.com on July 23, 2019 I hear from pastors all the time who are ready to give up. They’re tired. They’re frustrated. They feel like they’ve failed their family, their congregation—and God. Any veteran church leader has experienced discouragement. In fact, some of us have been through several trying seasons. It’s not a sin to get discouraged—it … Read More

Governing Documents: Protecting your church or putting it at risk?

mtsbcAll Enews

What is the state of your church’s governing documents? Incomplete, out-of-date, in need of review? Maybe you’re not sure what state they are in, or maybe your church recently updated them – but an attorney wasn’t involved. Your church’s governing documents, such as your employment policies, bylaws, constitution, facility use policy, and others, are important. They can either provide legal … Read More

On the border: ‘Urgent need’ to show Christ’s love

Baptist PressAll Enews

Written by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press TIJUANA, Mexico (BP) — The two adult sisters risked their lives in a months-long journey from Cameroon in Central Africa to Tijuana, Mexico. Southern Baptist pastor Marshal Ausberry was surprised to see them at the Southern U.S. border seeking asylum in America. Marshal Ausberry, first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, traveled to … Read More

Making Our Churches Safer Places

Barrett DukeAll Enews

The report of the SBC Sexual Abuse Advisory Group was recently released. Every church should be concerned about the findings of the report. For starters, just consider the incidence of sexual abuse in society: The Center for Disease and Prevention cites that 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact … Read More

Partnership Benefits Everyone

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

Partners are defined as a group of people engaged together in the same activity. For partnerships to be successful, members of the group are like-minded and are working for an agreed upon goal. Even though partners can be a lot alike, diversity within the group often enhances the partnership and provides for others in the group to learn from each … Read More

The Netflix of Christian Media

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

It has been several months since we shared free access to RightNow Media.  Summer is upon us and there is a lot of new content being added for your benefit.  If you did not follow through with the first opportunity, here is another chance to get signed up.  Just send an email to dhales@mtsbc.org and you will get a personal … Read More

Drips (not tips) to Fruitful Student Ministry

Adam BurtAll Enews, Next-Gen

The beauty of technology these days is that we have access to more information and people than ever before in history.  As a result, there is no shortage of lists, tips and lists of tips on how to do something like, “10 tips to keep you sane when life gets crazy” or “3 tips to cook a great steak.”  Eating … Read More