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How does a pastor deal with awkward silence with visiting folks?

This is a question that came to me by a young and introverted pastor who is struggling to know how to make conversation with elderly folks when he goes to visit them.  I wish more and more young pastors knew their weaknesses

Posted in Caring for Widows, Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls

How do you respond to encouraging words about your sermon?

“Great job…good sermon…that really spoke to me.”  The list of phrases a pastor may hear as church members exit the church goes on.  Inevitably, whether the sermon was good or not, these quick comments will be spoken to us with

Posted in Preaching

Why did I take the whole month of July off from all ministry?

As many of you know, I wear three ministry hats.  I am the Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church, the founder and ministry director of Practical Shepherding, and now run the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at SBTS.  The rigors

Posted in Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul

Biblical Church Revitalization…Now Available

Excited to announce my new book, Biblical Church Revitalization: Solution for dying and divided churches (Foreword by Harry Reeder) is now available on Paperback and Kindle.  This book defines how I have approached revitalization in my own congregation for the last

Posted in Book Recommendation
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