How to SERVE People

In the book Discovering Relational Wisdom by Ken Sande we are called to serve by living the Acronym SERVE  S is for SMILE. E is for explore and empathize R is for Reconcile V is for Value E is for encourage. We are called to put wind under the wings of every person we meet. Let’s Start with a...

The Four G’s of Peacemaking

We live in a world of conflict.  It is on the news every day, nations in conflict with other nations and neighbors living in conflict with each other.  We find conflict in or own families.  We even find conflict within our churches.  Everywhere you turn you find conflict.  Conflict occurs when we...

How to READ Your Emotions

One of the most important things we did as young children was learning to read. We would be severely handicapped if we had never learned to read.  So many things we enjoy doing today we would not be able to do if we had not learned to read words.  Think about it. In the same way if we want to be...

Practicing SOG

How do you become proficient in anything? As with so many things, the answer is simple but not easy. The path to proficiency is through practice. Reflection is important in peacemaking. Discussion is often helpful in conflict resolution. But in the end practice is the key to living a life marked...

Three Gospel Relationships

When I was in elementary school, our classrooms were heated by a boiler. It would heat water to the point of steam which would then travel through pipes to a radiator and heat the room. This is literally an “old school” method of heating.              One day our class was allowed to go to the...

Dimensions

Humor me for a moment. Let’s play a word association game. I’ll say a word and you respond with a word that comes to mind when you hear my word. Ready? Here’s the word: relationship. What comes to mind? The average American would likely associate that word with other people. Relationships are...

Using Emotions Wisely in Pastoral Ministry

In the last article, I began an examination of 8 essentials of core human emotions to harness their energy in practicing relational wisdom. There, we saw God’s design in our emotions, their complexity, and how they can drive our behaviors. Let’s turn our attention to the final 4 essentials as the...

God Designed Your Emotions to Move Your Relationships

Like a locomotive barreling down the tracks, emotions often fuel the motion and direction of pastoral relationships. While many will want to exchange any emotional drive for a perceived healthier “rational approach,” God designed every human with emotions. How you, as a pastor, engage those...

Ministry is About Relationships

John Maxwell popularized the leadership quip “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” True enough. Hang around in ministry for a hot minute and you recognize that even leadership depends upon relationships. Oklahoma Baptists recently welcomed Ken Sande to our offices for a day of outstanding...

Feeding

Reading Scripture Publicly

The Associate Pastor slowly meandered to the pulpit. The congregation could nearly hear the second hand on the clock ticking it took so long as the...

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Leading

How to SERVE People

In the book Discovering Relational Wisdom by Ken Sande we are called to serve by living the Acronym SERVE  S is for SMILE. E is for explore and...

read more

How to READ Your Emotions

One of the most important things we did as young children was learning to read. We would be severely handicapped if we had never learned to read. ...

read more

Practicing SOG

How do you become proficient in anything? As with so many things, the answer is simple but not easy. The path to proficiency is through practice....

read more

Three Gospel Relationships

When I was in elementary school, our classrooms were heated by a boiler. It would heat water to the point of steam which would then travel through...

read more

Dimensions

Humor me for a moment. Let’s play a word association game. I’ll say a word and you respond with a word that comes to mind when you hear my word....

read more

Podcast

43: Training Men in the Church

Jesus invested three years training twelve men to carry out the Gospel mission around the world. Churches can easily lose sight of the benefit (and necessity) of long-term, comprehensive discipleship. Dr. Michael Staton, pastor of First Baptist Church Mustang, shares with Todd and Andy the two-year process they use in developing men in the church for ministry.

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42: Engaging the Church in Missions

Mobilizing the people of God to fulfill the Great Commission is the heart of every pastor. It also may be the most difficult pastoral task! Former President of the IMB and pastor emeritus of First Southern Del City Dr. Tom Elliff join Todd and Andy to examine how pastors motivate and mobilize the church for Great Commission work.

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41: Preaching and the Use of Humor

Preaching is not the platform for a comedy show. However, that does not mean there is no place for humor in our preaching. Jesus certainly used humor in his teaching. Todd and Andy are joined by Nick Garland, retired pastor of First Baptist Church Broken Arrow and former President of Oklahoma Baptists, to talk about preaching and humor.

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40: Church Strengthening Initiative (CSI)

Every church needs assistance at some point in its lifecycle. Oklahoma Baptists desire to strengthen churches that they might fulfill the Great Commission. Today on Feeding and Leading, Chad Balthrop and Griff Henderson share how the Church Strengthening Initiative, or CSI, can help churches to continue the drive toward mission fulfillment.

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39: An Interview with Peter Williams

Dr. Fisher and Dr. Chris Wall talk about the reliability of the Bible with world-class New Testament manuscript scholar Dr. Peter Williams. Dr. Williams is the Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge.

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38: Longevity in Ministry

It’s not how you begin, but how you finish! We have heard this said about sports, politics and certainly about ministry. With burnout and dropout seemingly on the rise, pastors need encouragement and wisdom to run strong all the way to the finish line of ministry. Today on Feeding and Leading, Dr. Ted Kersh joins Todd and Andy to share his experience, practices, and insights into longevity in a single church and ministry for a lifetime.

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37: Preaching the Indicatives of Scripture

Martyn Lloyd Jones said Christianity is not about what we must do, but about what God has done. Today on Feeding and Leading, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Taylor discuss the importance of identifying, exegeting, and applying the big truths of Scripture.

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36: How to Lead an Effective Meeting

Every person who has ever attended a meeting has thought “Why did we have that meeting? Could have been communicated in an email…or a text!” Meetings seem to be a necessity in church life. But how can a pastor make a meeting effective and productive? Todd and Andy talk through some nuts and bolts of preparing and leading effective meetings.

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35: Man of the Word and Prayer

Pastors have one hundred and one urgent items to address daily. But the urgent is not always the important. Todd and Andy address the two most important tasks of a pastors life and ministry in this episode, Man of the Word and Prayer.

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34: Honoring the Temple

Pastors and Physical Health Issues

Physical health impacts pastoral efficiency. Todd Fisher interviews Andy Taylor on some basic steps in beginning to get our physical health in order.

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