ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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Ministerial Jealousy

February 17, 2020

They call him the little green-eyed monster.   The Bible calls it envy. I call it part of my spiritual journey. I know that I’m experiencing ministerial jealousy when… Instead of Rejoicing, I Find Fault All I can remember thinking when I entered the Children’s Ministry complex of NewSpring Church in Wichita was, “what I wouldn’t give […]

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Mental Illness and the Christian Church

January 17, 2017

As humans, we have the proclivity to speak authoritatively on subjects in which we know very little. “I seriously don’t think Donald Trump will make it past the primaries.” – J. Teis, June 16, 2015. “Disney purchased Star Wars?  They’ll probably destroy it!” – J. Teis, October 30, 2012. “I can say with certainty, that […]

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Pastors Need Pastors

December 26, 2016

In November I found myself in Alabama. I wasn’t there for a football game or family reunion.  I had traveled thousands of miles to attend a one-day event for ministry leaders called Idea Day.  Idea Day is a day to share ideas for pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and all ministry leaders.  We came to share and […]

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The Idea Talks – Episode 11 – 5 Priorities of the Lead Pastor

November 7, 2016

   5. Casting Vision for the Future I Peter 5:2 (Pastors should be) taking the oversight thereof. Each local church is unique. Although we all have the same message (the Gospel) and mission (advance it), we will not all have the same methods for doing so. Therefore, God gives the church a pastor. A Pastor is to […]

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Don’t Give Up

October 31, 2016

“Within three years we’ll be out of here and building a new church building!” We had just started our new church in Southwest Las Vegas and someone asked how long I planned on keeping the church in this temporary storefront location.  I couldn’t imagine that we would need to be there for longer than three […]

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A Day to Share Ideas

September 15, 2016

We’ve now hosted Idea Days in Connecticut, Cincinnati, and Las Vegas.  Now we are headed to the deep-south for an Idea Day like no other. Idea Day is a day to share ideas.  Ministry leaders from across the region come together for round-table discussions on evangelism, discipleship, worship, and ministry.  Ideas flow and concepts flourish […]

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Episode 06 – Refreshing An Established Church

June 2, 2016

  Notes In this episode, Josh Teis talks with Tony Liuzzo about how to refresh an established church. Tony pastors a thriving church in Columbus, Ohio. When he took over as the lead pastor the church had declined to an average of 400 people. Now the church averages 750 people on a weekly basis. Quotes […]

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When God Moves Them Away

March 7, 2016

(**Perhaps the most difficult aspect of pastoral ministry is watching people leave the church you pastor. Though people leave a church for a variety of reasons it always comes down to the same thing: The Great Shepherd is moving His sheep. After several recent conversations with friends who are experiencing this difficulty, I felt led […]

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The Idea Talks Episode 03 – The Impact of Corporate Prayer

February 24, 2016

  In this month’s episode Pastor Josh talks with Pastor Jonathan Blankenship and Pastor Cody Kuehl about the impact of corporate prayer in their churches. Links from Episode Grand Rapids Baptist Church Laurel Baptist Church Subscribe in iTunes  

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Top 5 Tasks of a Pastor

February 1, 2016

I’m a Pastor’s Kid too, so I get it. Being used as a sermon illustration, everyone knowing your name though you haven’t a clue of theirs’, and not being quite sure what your father actually does for a living; these are some of the commonalities of every Pastor’s Kid. So, I wasn’t utterly surprised by […]

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