Weekly Newsletter: 4 Values Churches Can Model + A Sermon Idea About God’s Word

by | Oct 19, 2023 | The Reflectionary

I recently asked myself, if I were starting a church again today, what would be the values that I would consider most pertinent and timely in our current cultural moment in which the nonbelieving world is asking so many hard questions about the church.

These four came to my mind rather quickly.

  1. Safety (literal and spiritual)
  2. Authenticity
  3. Empathy
  4. Generosity

Are there more? Of course. But a relationship built on trust is the ground upon which we share the message of the good news.

I wrote a whole article about this on my Patheos blog and wanted to pass it along here.

READ: 4 Values Churches Must Model in Today’s Cultural Climate

I’ve also made BIG progress in the last week on a course / coaching program I’ve been developing to help pastors and Christian leaders to move from burnout to breakthrough.

There are a ton of resources, seminars, and coaching networks that focus on “how to” issues like how to use digital marketing or how to follow up with guests, etc. (Like Jacob Schmelzer’s UpLevel Leader Church Growth Coaching.) But I see this tidal wave of pain being experienced by leaders and a huge need to step in front of it as much as possible.

Personally, I’ve walked through burnout and I’ve experienced breakthrough. I’ve also spent many years helping a lot of other pastors and leaders walking through similar things. So I want to help leaders through it! If you’re interested…

Read More About the Burnout to Breakthrough Course

And if you’re a leader who feels stuck, depleted, and exhausted and you’re not sure what to do, let’s talk. I’m reopening my pastoral coaching, or just email me. I’d love to hear your story and pray over you!

Let’s keep praying for peace and protection for innocent lives in the Middle East, and let’s keep growing from the inside out!



This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

When the Word Has Had Its Way

A sermon outline based on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.

The evidence that the word of God, the message of the gospel, has had its way in the hearts of people is that people turn to God, serve God, and wait for Jesus with hope and expectancy.

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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:

From the Description:

This four-week series examines the theological tension of the kingdom of God and the Christian life called “the already and the not yet.” The kingdom of God is both already on earth because of Christ’s resurrection and a yet to come event with his return. Different biblical interpretations have stressed present versus future understandings of God’s kingdom, but the New Testament shows that both exist. Through looking at the teachings of Jesus and Paul we can see the importance of this tension and the hope we have in Christ already and yet to come.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


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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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Is It Time for a Website Redesign?

When I start a website redesign project – for a church, a nonprofit, leader/pastor/speaker, etc. – I get obsessed with the details. I want it to shine! And more importantly, I want it to show up in search results.

If your website feels “clunky” or disorganized, hard to navigate, hard to find using Google, or just outdated in its style, let’s talk!! This is what I do!

Visit my creative services page and use the form to let me know about your current site, what you’d like to improve, and the budget you want to work within and we’ll have a conversation!

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