PAUSE (Pt. 2)

In my years of ministry as a pastor, some of the most important things I was a part of were meetings about the Bride of Christ. Working with committees, teams, staff, deacons to determine God’s will for the situation strongly influences the future of churches. Taking the time to Pause and follow...

PAUSE

     Our practice for forgiveness to others reflects what we think and understand about God’s forgiveness.  When you get to the heart of the Gospel it is all about forgiveness. Because of Jesus sacrifice and death on the cross we can be forgiven when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.     ...

7 A’s of Confession

Living at peace with God, ourselves, and others is essential for our witness for Christ.  Everything God does He does in love. He is always working things out for the good.  Even in the midst of conflict, if we allow Him to, He will work things out for our good.  Acts 2:23 reminds us that God is...

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...

Feeding

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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....

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36: How to Lead an Effective Meeting

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

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

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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33: How To Address LGBTQ Issues With Grace

33: How To Address LGBTQ Issues With Grace

The cultural pressures associated with LGBTQ issues are being felt in the church. How can the church respond with both truth and grace? In this episode, Dr. Ryan Smith, the pastor of Arrow Heights Baptist Church in broken arrow, equips us with some key strategies.

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32: Todd’s Testimony

32: Todd’s Testimony

In this special episode Dr. Todd Fisher shares some of his testimony, call to ministry, and an encouraging message to pastors to run the race and finish well.

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31: Pastors Building an Evangelistic Culture

31: Pastors Building an Evangelistic Culture

Pastors must constantly cultivate an evangelistic culture among their congregations. Join Todd and Andy as they explore principles of building an evangelistic culture with Tarvoris Uzoigwe, our new Oklahoma Baptists Evangelism and Apologetics Ministry Partner.

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