Top 10 Mistakes Pastors Make in Planting Churches

The National Association of Christian Ministers conducted a survey of ministers from a wide variety of backgrounds asking this question: What are the top 10 mistakes pastors make in church planting?  The responses were collected and reviewed by a smaller team of diversely selected ministers to chose the 10 responses that they thought were most … Read more

Difference Between a Church and a Ministry

Often people sense a call of God to ministry. In response to the call they find themselves not knowing whether to start a church or a ministry. The best way to approach this question is to consider the differences between the two:   A Church is a well structured organization defined in scripture regarding its protocol … Read more

Strategy for Ministry Planning

By Michael Mooney, Exec. Elder   Jesus once said something very important about planning:   “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all … Read more

What if it Does Not Work?

By Michael Mooney, Exec. Elder   When it comes to church/ministry planning, there is always a very important perspective to consider:   What if God is or is not in it? Does success mean blessing? Does failure mean you did not choose the path of God’s will? How are success and failure correctly defined?   … Read more

The Condition of Denominations in Christianity

Michael Mooney, Exec. Elder Reporting for the National Association of Christian Ministers The Present Condition of Christianity According to the World Christian Encyclopedia (2001), there are approximately 33,820 denominations of Christianity in the world. How should we resolve this conflict? Frankly this large number of division should not come as any surprise; before Christianity was … Read more

Using a Concordance to Enhance Your Bible Study

Words from the Word, and Other Words… By Michael Mooney, Ministry Practitioner Preliminary Information   We will be introducing the use of Strong’s concordance in this presentation.  We realize that several of the things in this message will be unfamiliar to some and overly simple to others. However, we have groups of people in both … Read more

Ministry and Reality: Know the Difference

By Michael Mooney, Ministry Practitioner What is already has been; and what was shall be (Eccl. 1:9).   It is my experience that the majority of Christian interactions can be summarized into one of at least three categories: 1) What was; 2) What is (normative); and 3) What should be.  Here are three examples:   … Read more

How to Tell People They are Wrong

By Michael Mooney, Ministry Practitioner     Let’s face it, there is no fun in correcting people or telling them that they are wrong about something… However, if you are in ministry, or especially a pastor, you are bound to have to do it sometime.  Consider the following words of wisdom:   “People ask you … Read more