Pastor’s Column: What Pastors Need to Be Talking About Right Now

In this month’s pastor’s column, Dr. Akin Adeniyi writes about what pastors need to be talking about these days. He encourages pastors to balance messages that promote salvation of souls and edification of saved souls. Dr. Adeniyi shares eight truths he believes pastors need to be reminding their congregations. And above all, that pastors should seek to talk about what Jesus would be talking about if he was physically ministering on earth right now.

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Maintaining Healthy Board Relationships

Effective boards are the result of strong and healthy relationships between board members, senior executives, staff and members at churches and non-profits. Our March 14 Effective Board Practices trainers discussed how to navigate all of the relationships and various roles of board members in their church or ministry setting.

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3 Hats Worn by Church/Ministry Board Members

On March 14, at our Effective Board Practices training, Carl Nelson, president and CEO of Transform Minnesota taught about three hats church and ministry board members need to wear, and the appropriate times to wear those hats for effective board involvement.

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Encountering Sexuality as the Church

Does your church actively discuss the topic of sexuality? Or is it more likely to ignore the topic of sex when it comes up? Sy Rogers, world-renown Christian speaker and communicator from New Zealand brought a message of encouragement to Christian leaders on how to tackle the subject of healthy sexuality and responsible stewardship of our sexual desires in the Church. Attendees left the God, Sex and the Church leadership conference inspired by Sy’s depiction of God, and His redemptive advocacy, especially in areas of sexuality.

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Inviting God into Sexual Struggles

On Sunday, February 24 over 450 people packed Substance Church’s downtown campus to hear world-renown Christian speaker Sy Rogers at the “God, Sex and Culture” evening forum. Sy Rogers spoke about the sexual brokenness and temptations of all humans. And offered an assuring message of the hope that God is our redemptive advocate when it comes to our struggles. The sanctuary was full of people from all ages and stages. Many youth leaders said they felt more equipped to tackle subjects of sexuality with their youth groups.

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3 Starting Principles in the Dismantling Racism Process

Dismantling racism has to be a developmental process. It’s a journey.
“If we don’t figure out a way to include this as part of the Christian discipleship walk with Jesus, it’s just not going anywhere,” started Dr. Ruben Rivera.
Dr. Rivera shared that most dismantling racism efforts stall or never get off the ground; so at our first Dismantling Racism workshop, held at Mercy Vineyard Church on January 24, Dr. Rivera offered 3 principles when embarking on racial reconciliation work.

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Engaging Generations Through Generosity

In partnership with Thrivent Financial, we hosted two Engaging Generations Through Generosity seminars that took a deep dive into research Thrivent commissioned Barna Group to conduct around the generosity of self-identified Christians. The research was designed to reveal how each age-group expressed generosity within five categories studied: Monetary Giving, Service/Volunteering, Hospitality, Gifts, Emotional-Relational Support. “The goal of the training was to spur generosity to help support churches, and grow church members’ engagement with their faith,” said Leith Erickson, Thrivent Financial trainer.

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Pastor’s Column: Purity & Pre-Decision in Relationships

Pastor Terry Parkman is the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church. He writes about the importance of tying purity to God’s will when mentoring teenagers. He writes how compromising purity, loses a bit of who God created us to be. Pastor Terry writes about the importance of pre-decision in a dating relationship; deciding beforehand what one’s standards are, not in the midst of lust or emotion. He shares how guarding your heart begins with giving it to the One who crafted it in the first place.

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Pastor’s Column: God’s Plan for Sexual Brokenness

Pastor Peter Haas writes a pastor’s column on God’s plan for sexual brokenness. He writes “all of us have sexual brokenness. Yet, God’s plan isn’t to oppress us but set us free.” This blog also acts as a resource for various questions Substance Church has received about marriage and sexuality, along with Bible and research advice.

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