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This next year plans to be a huge year for us!  We have 7 books being released in 2015 as well as 8-10 workshops scheduled.  Pastors all over the world are being helped, counseled, trained, and cared for through our efforts.  Many exciting things happening, but we need your help.  The best way to do that is to give an end of the year donation to Practical Shepherding so we know what resources we have to work with for next year.  Even the smallest gift would be a huge help and would let us know you are with us and excited about all we are doing.

How can I donate a tax deductible gift to Practical Shepherding?

If you wish to give financially to this ministry, all gifts are tax deductible.   Please send a check or money order to:

Practical Shepherding, Inc
P.O. Box 21806
Louisville, KY 40221

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Posted in Promotion

First Practical Shepherding Workshop (Monday, January 5, 2015 – Erlanger, KY)

We will be offering several of our half day Practical Shepherding Workshops in 2015.  The first will be through the Northern Kentucky Baptist Association (NKBA) on Monday, January 5, 2015.  It will be held at the NKBA office from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The address is 3001 Riggs Ave.  Erlanger, KY 41018.  Lunch will also be served.  If you live around this area, I would love for you to be a part of this.  For those interested in reserving a spot, you can do so through one of the following options:

  • Call (859) 727 – 6522 NKBA office
  • Email at lorne@nkbaptist.org

For more information on the content of our workshops, visit our PS workshop page.

Posted in Promotion

How does a pastor organize his weekly schedule?

I have often described pastoral ministry as this joyful burden of being able to spend so much time doing such fruitful things, yet never getting close to completing all that needs to be done.  I recently received an email from a pastor struggling with his schedule who asked me how I arranged my weekly schedule.  Just because I schedule my week this way, doesn’t mean you should.  Hopefully, the following will provide a template for you to think through your own schedule.  Here are 3 main bullet points of how I prioritize my week:

1) Prepare to preach/teach.

Regardless what is happening  in our family and church, Sunday still comes 6 days later.  We must first prioritize having adequate time to study to prepare for our responsibilities to preach and teach for the upcoming week.

2) Schedule “essential meetings” with people.

These are the meetings that must take place this next week.  For example: setting aside time to pray for your people, service planning, staff meeting, a marriage in crisis, hospital visitation, etc.  Your wife and other pastor/elders are your best resource to help you determine what meetings are actually “essential” and what are not and must wait.

3) Fill in the gaps.

If you are like me, then after these first two are in my schedule, there are only a few other pockets of time to schedule other discipleship meetings, times for administration, writing projects, counseling, fellowship with other pastors, and continuing the systematic process to visit and care for widows and other church members.

I feel the burden of my failures every week without exception to meet all the needs that need to be met and accomplish all that needs to be accomplished.  Yet, in God’s kind design of our calling these failures give us an edge that we all need that make us strive to be better, more faithful pastors.  It also reminds us of our need to depend upon God alone and his grace as we labor in this fine work and that our worth is not in what we do or accomplish, but in our identity in Christ.

Allow this 3 step template to help you determine how you need to spend your time laboring in this fine work.

Posted in Preaching, The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

What is Church Revitalization?

Recently, I met with a group of pastors each of whom is in a challenging church revitalization situation.  We had a very fruitful conversation about the difficulties that usually accompany taking an existing church.  Although this idea is not nearly as popular as church planting, I would argue it is just as needed and important.  Yet, it is hard to have helpful discussions about church revitalization if we do not know what it is exactly.  What is church revitalization?  How is it different from church planting?  Here are 5 characteristics that help begin to define the work of church revitalization:

5 characteristics of church revitalization:

1)      It is an effort to revive an established, but struggling church.

2)      It mandates a change in direction.

3)      It requires patience and understanding with those there before you.

4)      Its goal is to become a healthy, diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-generational church.

5)      Its purpose is to display the glory of Christ to the world.

I wrote an article about the 5 unexpected lessons I learned from church revitalization on a 9 marks ejournal on church revitalization.  I commend them both to you as you think through this idea of church revitalization.

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul
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