After almost 30 years of leading churches and working with individual Christians, I’ve realized there are certain subjects I address repeatedly—subjects that are good for people, good for churches, and good for the Kingdom. In many ways, these themes (focused on spiritual formation, the aims and purposes of the church, building strong marriages, and practical instruction about how followers of Jesus use their time and money) have formed the core of my own pulpit ministry. My interest in some of these themes has resulting in full-fledged books. But all are important to me and, I believe, to God’s church.
And so I offer these seven seminars for your consideration. As you think about your church, the needs of your people, and the kind of world in which we live, perhaps one of the following seminars (more information about each is available under the tabs along the right margin) will catch your eye and prompt your interest:
- A Spirit for the Rest of Us. A seminar that helps Christians and churches develop a closer, more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit—without jumping off the Charismatic cliff. And it offers more than theory and principle; it focuses on practical suggestions for walking in the Spirit and making relationship with him a daily privilege.
- Walk This Way. The Beatitudes are the key to ordinary Christians living extraordinary lives. They were Jesus’ first teachings to his disciples then … and the first place we must go to learn about discipleship now. This seminar unpacks ‘Beatitude living’ and applies it to our walk with God and with those we love.
- A Church That Flies. For too long, we’ve defined “church” as doing things right (faith, leadership, and—especially—worship). Instead, we should have focused on doing right things. What is the essential business God has given his church to do? What is the core mission God has left for us? This seminar outlines seven critical functions that we, as God’s people, are called to address.
- Re-Gospeling. We have forgotten the gospel. We don’t know the essential story of God’s good news. As a result, we’ve added to the gospel things that never belonged there. And we’ve left off pieces of the gospel that are essential to salvation. It’s time to re-dig our foundations and to rediscover the gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel.
- In God We Trust. We have a hard time talking about money. Yet Jesus talked about money all the time. Perhaps the difference is that, when churches talk about money, the subject is giving, tithes, and budgets. When Jesus talked about money, the subject was faith, contentment, priorities, and commitments. We need to start talking about money like Jesus did.
- Twelve Million Minutes. In a normal life span (70 years) we live over 36 million minutes. One third of that is work. One third is sleep. But that still leave 12 million minutes of time that is under our control. How do Christians regard time? Is it ours to do with as we please? Or does God call us to be stewards of time, investing our minutes in the business of God’s kingdom?
- Holy Vow! Marriage is under attack. Our culture, the media, popular attitudes have little respect for marriage. So marriages fail and divorce rates rise. As Christians, we are affected by this cultural tide. Yet our understanding and practice of marriage must be shaped by other factors: faith rather than culture. What does it mean to have a covenant relationship, built on charactered people, in obedience to a principle