Can I take a minute or two to defend ritual and tradition? It's true that this might seem a bit odd for me. I have spent my life in an Evangelical stream that is anything but high church. In my world I have heard, more often than not, Matthew 6:7 used as a prooftext for…Read more In praise of ritual & tradition
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, SC. He is also the author of Aspire, a book that seeks to help the church develop and deploy disciples. Aspire is available today. Click here to purchase a copy. I’ve never met a pastor that said “Discipleship…Yeh, we don’t really do that. We’ve…Read more Guest Post: Do we really care about discipleship?
In my experience as a pastor, one of the single most difficult responsibilities I faced was the selection of staff members. Knowing what to look for, where to go for candidates, and how to focus in on the right candidate when you are faced with a stack of resumes has always been daunting for me.…Read more The difficulty of selecting staff
Today I joined the pastoral team of our home church, Fairview Church, located in the greater Nashville area. I'm very excited to join the team as Fairview's new Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission. Fairview is an incredible church that loves Jesus and their community; who preaches the gospel well and who is committed to…Read more Why pastor?
In Dr. Thom Rainer's excellent little book, "I am a church member", he walks us through the picture of biblical church membership. With an emphasis on attitudes that church members should embrace, Dr. Rainer lovingly encourages us to engage in church life in a way that honors Jesus. I have been preaching a series of…Read more The church with blinders on