“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” —Ecclesiastes 3:11
The question when you are engaging ministry today is this: are you the owner of the ministry, the steward of the ministry, or you an heir in the ministry? Are you a slave, a servant, or a son?
The worlds of marketing and business will lie, cheat, and kill for attention from the 18-35 demographic. The Church is no different.
I want to ask you a question: What are you struggling to hold on to? What has the Lord spoken into your heart that you’re having a hard time maintaining confidence in?
Mission for the sake of mission is still idolatry.
Newsflash! The Bible wasn't written in English! (WHAT!?) Language can be a tricky thing and the nuances of words in one culture don't always translate well into another culture.
Lewis’ experience of the incarnation of Jesus forms much of the foundation of his other deep theological teachings on the nature of salvation, the power of love and most of all, the humanity of Christ.
I had been out every night of the week on a different ministry assignment. I was backed up on my email. Things seemed to be bursting at the seams. But still, why was I so angry in this moment?
Worship leader Joy Courtright shares an original worship song with the Netzer Network entitled ROOTED.
Election Day is quickly approaching and with it come a myriad of emotions, thoughts and wonderings. A lot of people are committed strongly one way or another, and this is true of a lot of Christians. But many Christians feel stuck. What to do?
Those who serve and lead the church can often carry the weight of ministry above and beyond how God calls them to. This can lead to burn out, works based legitimacy, frustration, and over-reliance on a few parts of the Body rather than the Body working as a whole under Christ.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. To all you pastors reading this, we appreciate you. Seriously. We are not just saying that. Netzer deeply, truly appreciates your toil in the trenches for the sake of the God and His people.
The difference between the relationship with my wife and the relationship with my landlord was that one was based in a covenant and one was based in a contract. When things get difficult in one, we stick it out, we figure it out, we grow, we get closer. In the other, when things aren't working out we simply end the contract, we end the relationship, we move on.
One of the consistent challenges of church leadership is the move away from understanding covenant as what guides our relationships. For pastors, elders, small group leaders, and other church leaders this is often very practically felt in the concept of cohabitation.
Leadership can be really complicated, particularly in church environments where you don’t necessarily have direct ability to affect people’s practical lives. In the marketplace world, you can give a performance review or dock someone’s pay. In the Church world, there is no such avenue and what’s worse is that oftentimes the most challenging situations we face are things we have created by our own leadership. As such, it’s nice when leadership is simplified and that’s the beauty of this article.
With our local congregation we periodically bring up stories of past adventures where God did amazing things among us. Relationships tend to be built on shared experiences. We have memories that form our bonds, growing us into people who are comfortable with one another, building trust, and opening channels for vulnerability and intimate friendship.
We’ve all heard people -- or said ourselves (horrors!) — something about “the culture”. “The culture” this or, “the culture” that…all leading us to a grand generalization of some point of what is usually the disingenuous minutia of some personal opinion or religious critique of some point regarding our “relevant” engagement with the world around us. Soapbox-buidling is a personal hobby for which I’ve often leveled the phrase “the culture” or worse yet, “the church”.
Have you noticed mission trends in Christian culture? It may be a focus on global missions, adoption, church-planting, relief of trafficking, local city reaching, poverty... the list goes on. Sometimes it feels like those missions are in competition for our focus and attention. Why?
Back in 2009, I ran into an old friend who is also in vocational Christian ministry who told me about David Platt’s book Radical (Multnomah Press, 2010). She sang its praises, noting its impact on her and The Church’s deep need for this book. So I picked it up. Then I put it down. Couldn’t make it past page 40. I had such a visceral emotional reaction to what this guy was teaching, it was crazy…but I couldn’t figure out why. Then I read Anthony Bradley’s review of the book and he said what I could not
God’s Church has been around for 2000 years, and now God’s people are to recognize and shift to accommodate the whims and preferences of a bunch of American twenty-somethings? Or whatever it is that makes American men comfortable and happy in a church setting? Or the preferences of young people as divulged through through a surveyed cross-section of the American church scheme, crafting for any church what is assumed that church most wants: lots of people and lots of money?