Weekly Newsletter: 3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member + Notes on Romans 8 + More!

by | Jul 20, 2023 | The Reflectionary

In the spirit of simplicity, The Reflectionary (the newsletter you’re reading) is now just going to be the Preaching for Change newsletter, because all of the resources referenced point back to the website, Preaching for Change. AND because that’s my ultimate goal – to help leaders communicate spiritual truth in a way that actually motivates people to live differently and love more boldly, like Jesus.

And in this edition, I’m sharing an article about the three ministries every church staff member should be empowered for carrying out.

Churches that continue to operate in a high-control, 8-to-5, on-the-clock vs off-the-clock mentality when it comes to church staff members will continue to miss out on the potential creative energy stored in the hearts of their leaders. AND they’ll also lose opportunities to hire the best talent.

Instead, churches have the opportunity to encourage staff members to think beyond the local church’s walls to enlarge the kingdom and relate to the community.

​READ: 3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member​

I’m also sharing some message notes from Romans 8 and several other links and resources. Just keep reading…

And keep on growing!



This Week’s Big Sermon Idea


Life in the Forever Family of God

A sermon idea based on Romans 8:12-25.

God is growing his forever family, and to everyone, he offers an open invitation on the basis of his own redemptive work in Christ. And being a member of God’s forever family comes with some special spiritual privileges.

Read and Share the Full Article »


Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

Sermon Series on Regret

From the Description:

This series seeks to help believers wrestling with regret. When we’re focused on our regrets, we tend to obsess about the way things could have gone and the lives we could have lived—and taken to an extreme, this can cause us to be poor stewards of the lives we actually have. How do we deal with regret? How do we forgive ourselves and others for mistakes? How do we move forward with a proper Christian perspective? This series will help believers think through these issues.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders

If you have a resource relevant to pastors and church leaders that you’d like for me to include, feel free to message me. I can’t always promise inclusion but I’ll definitely take a look.


The Latest from Walk Humble

Walk Humble is where I host an ongoing conversation about life, faith, and relationships among people brave enough to admit they don’t have life all figured out yet. Here’s the latest if you’re interested…

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