Blog Archives

COVID and Harmony in the Church

Contributed by Ron Johnston, Director of Small Church Connections and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s liaison to small churches. He is the author of Reality Check For The Church. He served for twenty-seven years in pastoral ministry. He holds a DMin … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Minutes to Describe Preaching

I was preaching for a call. The chair of the board gave me 3 minutes to identify what I consider to be the essentials of preaching… Continue reading

Posted in Author Submission, Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Return to Normal – What Does It Mean?

At the start of the pandemic, I read… Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Return to Normal – What Does It Mean?

Today’s Youth Desire Mentors

Mentoring relationships may be one way in which youth cross from meaninglessness to purpose and begin to experience the fullness of life in Christ. Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Today’s Youth Desire Mentors

Are Pastors Essential Workers?

The Covid19 pandemic…I’m sure you are as weary of it all as I am. I look back on the year and my role as a pastor and think it is a fair question to ask, “are pastors and church staff members essential workers?”  Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“Leaders and Followers” in the Church

Whereas in the 1960s and 1970s great effort was made to dispel the myth of the clergy-laity distinction within the church, we have resurrected it in a new guise… Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faith Formation for Children through Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis

We live in a society that has increasingly separated families according to age groups… Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Creator God Versus the Coronavirus

A couple of months ago I was the victim of a random assault. I was innocently playing with my phone and minding my own business when… Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Active Christian in a Post-Covid-19 World: Understanding the Christian-Ecclesial Imperative

The first question to ask in respect to Christian witness in the contemporary context is… Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Church, Ministry and Heroes in the “Novel” Normal: Reality in Virtual and Actual

Covid-19 is a black hole. Its event horizon threatens to take every experience and assurance of what life used to be like beyond the point of no return… Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Church is Still the Church

As churches adapt to a new reality, let us do so in full consideration of our understanding of the nature and mission of the church… Continue reading

Posted in Church and Covid 19 Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pressure of the Weekly Sermon

Why Preach?  Sunday’s coming. It doesn’t matter whether you are crazy busy, worn out, discouraged, embroiled in conflict, or sermon-blocked. Sunday’s coming. Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your First Day in Ministry

It was Monday morning. Bright, sunny, and pleasant. As I looked forward to my week of ministry, I envisioned spending the rest of Monday carefully crafting a sermon for the upcoming Sunday. As a relative newcomer to sermon preparation Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Your First Day in Ministry