Church Press Newsletter
February 2013
Willing To Change?

"Why do some people resist change in your church? Do you? Unfortunately we confuse the content of our faith (Jesus who is always the same) with the baggage of our religion: certain songs, instruments, programs, buildings, etc. What happens? We baptize the containers, the rituals, the methods, and call them Christian doctrine. But Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a commitment to biblical truth" - Dr. Kent Hunter (LCMS)

7 Tips for Recruiting Today's Volunteer
By Thomas McKee

Ask personally rather than rely on announcements.
  1. Remember that you're not looking for someone to "volunteer;" you're looking for someone to commit to a ministry.  
  2. Develop strategic recruiting partnerships - build your network or a recruiting team. Don't go it alone.
  3. Recruit short-term project teams. The more specific the time limit, the more people you'll likely get to join in help with a project. And short-term commitments might open the door to longer commitments.
  4. Assume that a "no" means "not now," or "not this position." Think of a "no" as an open door to listen carefully to the reasons behind the "no."  
  5. Develop roles and responsibilities or a ministry description for each position. Don't fill any position until you find the person who matches what you are looking for.
  6. Recruit specific people for specific roles. Ask people to be in charge of significant areas that also represent what they love doing. - Church Volunteer, January, 2013   

"Tell me often that you 
love me through your talk, your actions and your gestures. Don't assume that I know it. I may show signs of embarrassment and even deny that I need it - but don't believe it, do it anyway" (Loving Each Other, p. 69, Leo Buscaglia).

When A Friend or Relative Leaves Jesus 
By Rev. Bob Tasler (LCMS)


Jim and Jack were the same age and became friends in elementary school. Both boys were brought up in the same church, made friends easily and were enjoyable to be around. But as they grew into adulthood, Jack observed Jim growing callous towards religion. [complete article]

You Won't Regret It

As important as your responsibilities are as a pastor, a computer specialist, or owner of your own business, your connections with your spouse, your children, and your friends are much more important. At the end of your life you will never regret having preached more sermons, mastered more computer software, or increased your net profit. But you will regret time not spent with your spouse, your children, and your friends!

It was no mistake 

Dear Abby:
   The letters about kids wetting their pants at school reminded me of an incident when I taught second grade.
   I noticed a little boy squirming 
in his seat, then I saw a puddle on the floor under his desk. I walked over to him and whispered quietly, "Honey, did you have an accident?"
   He looked at me and replied, "No, I did it on purpose." - Katherine Kelly (Pastor - here is an illustration that will drive a point home in almost any sermon)

A Responsive Ash Wednesday Reading

Pastor: Earth to earth. Ashes to ashes.
Congregation: Palm leaves go into the tin can crematorium. Flames leap up, subside. Embers glow. When the glow is gone, nothing remains except ashes. [complete article]


"Come, Now is the Time to Worship" A good way to start your next worship service. Take two minutes to watch, listen or sing along. Click "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship". Go ahead and do it!  
Valentines, Valentines, Valentines
By Pastor Don Ginkel

God has two valentines for you:

His Word and the Cross.
He gives you what you need.
You have one valentine to give
what He wants: your heart!

During church one Sunday morning the pastor stood up and announced that a guest was going to speak. With that an elderly man stepped into the pulpit and told this story.

He said, "A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific coast when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high that even the father, who was an experienced sailor, could not keep the boat upright and the two boys were swept into the sea." [complete article]

What Good Shepherds Don't Do
By Skye Jethani

In 2005, townspeople in Gevas, Turkey, watched in horror as one sheep jumped to its death, and then 1,500 others followed over the same cliff . . . Some 450 sheep were lost, but amazingly 1,000 survived. As the pile grew, the dead bodies cushioned the fall of other sheep. . . . The fact that Scripture compares God's people to sheep ought to humble us. We are irrefutably sinful (and often stupid) creatures willing to throw ourselves off cliffs of self-destruction. This truth, however, can tempt shepherds to overstep their role. Sometimes the most difficult part about pastoral ministry is knowing what is not our responsibility. [complete article]

Stack of Stuff

A few days ago I
saw the movie, "Lincoln." A few months ago I read the book, "The Killing of Lincoln," by Bill O'Reilly. I encourage you to see the movie AND read the book. Excellent history. - Don

Do you meet regularly with your teachers for (1) training, (2) lesson planning, (3) encouragement, (4) problem solving, and (5) goal setting? Imagine what could happen if you did. Praise God if you already do.

Does the Honeymoon Have to End?
Marriage is never perfect, but does the honeymoon really have to end? Here is excellent article by Sandi Greene. Click honeymoon.

Two suggestions
(1) Forward these Newsletters to key leaders in your church. (2) Make a hard copy each month for your personal use. Highlight items that need special attention from you.

The Three Basic Parts To A Sermon
are (1) Introduction, (2) Body. (3) Call to Action. In all three parts be as direct and to the point as possible, and - don't forget to stress point 3.

For pastor's eyes only: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The first edition. 334 pages. Retails for $19.95. This single copy is available to the first pastor who emails us and asks for it. There is no charge. We'll send it to you by Media Mail.

For church secretary's eyes only: Chicken Soup for the Soul - Stories of Faith by Jack Canfield & Mark Hansen. Inspirational stories. 382 pages. New. Retails for $14.95. This single copy is available to the first secretary (or office administrator) who emails us and asks for it. There is no charge. We'll send it to you by Media Mail.

Hobby Lobby Refuses to Pay for Abortion - Inducing Drugs, Faces Heavy Fines

The arts and crafts retailing giant is suing the government over a mandate requiring that most businesses offer contraceptives and possible abortion - inducing drugs faces $1.3 million in fines per day for refusing to comply with the new law. Kyle Duncan . . . said the store will continue offering health insurance to all qualified employees, but will not pay for possible abortion - inducing drugs (by Bethany Monk, Citizen Link, January 7, 2013).

Deep Sermons Are Interesting

By Dr. J. Kent Edwards




Not only is it a sin to bore people with the Word of God; it is also counterproductive. If the people to whom you are speaking have no interest in listening to you; the communication process has failed. You cannot impact people who are not paying attention to you . . .
Audience interest is especially important in a culture like ours that is facing information overload. All of us are overwhelmed with data. As our information age generates an ever-increasing amount of data, it threatens to bury us beneath its bulk. . . . Deep sermons have to be so riveting that people want to give us one of the rarest gifts of our generation: their undivided attention . . . What can you do to be more interesting? Organize your material like a funnel. . . . You want your sermon to have a sense of urgency and importance. People should be thinking, I need to hear this! (Deep Preaching - Creating Sermons that Go Beyond the Superficial, pp. 165-166, by Dr. J. Kent Edwards) 202 pages. $19.99. To order click #351 or email

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By Jennie Riddle, Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

Born of wounds from Jesus' side; saints of God and heirs with Christ.
The veil was torn; creation cried. The Bride was born from Jesus' side.

Man was fashioned from the dust, molded by the hands of One
Who breathed to life an earthly son, made for fellowship with God.

Born of wounds from Adam's side; given to the man a bride.
They made a tryst* with sin and died, and birthed the fall of all mankind.

Now born again and clothed in white; crowned with glory, justified.
A child of wrath is brought to life. I was born from Jesus' side.

Hallelujah! I am born again. He's alive now; I'm alive in Him.

*A "tryst" is a secret pact between lovers.
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