Stay the Course in Ministry

God calls pastors to preach the Word and love the people. Here are 8 keys to help pastors stay the course in their ministries.
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Is Bigger Better When it Comes to a Church?

Brian Wechsler addresses the pervasive thinking that bigger is better when it comes to churches, and he shares how Village Missions is reaching out to small churches in need.
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January 06 Update on Village Missions

The arrival of this New Year has caused me to reflect on the passage of time.  Perhaps you too find it hard to believe that the previous year passed so quickly.  For 2006, I would like to follow and implement the commands of Scripture in Ephesians 5:15-16 (NASB):“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men […]
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The Preacher and the Hurricane

Written in the midst of Hurricane Katrina, Brian Wechsler encourages pastors to represent God clearly, courageously, and wisely in such tragic times.
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Selecting a Pastor: Appointment or Candidating?

Brian Wechsler discusses the pros and cons of candidating versus appointment, and shares why Village Missions appoints Village Missionaries.
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Two Choices in Any Ministry

The small town pastor has two possible approaches to ministry. The first is to focus on earthly wisdom. The second is to focus on the grace of God.
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Earning the Right to Lead a Rural Church

As a new pastor, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was earning the right to lead the country church I served in rural Iowa.
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Lifestyle Evangelism and the Rural Church

No better place exists for lifestyle evangelism than in a rural community. The opportunities for meaningful interactions with people are actually more plentiful in a rural community than in a suburban or urban setting.
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Every Town Needs a Church

It is critical that Village Missions brings the gospel to small town places. Many small towns in North America lack a church that announces the good news of Jesus Christ.
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David’s Sin, Bathsheba, and Me

David’s failed morally with Bathsheba because he was resting, rather than fighting along with his soldiers. As pastors engage in the good fight of faith, we must set up barricades to protect ourselves, our wives and families.
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Pine Beetles, Islam, and Village Missions

Every church across the United States can learn a valuable lesson from the destruction caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
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A Shepherd is Not a Wimp

Almost everything small town pastors read and hear tells them the concept of “pastor as shepherd” is old-fashioned at best and harmful at worst. What’s a shepherd to do when his calling is called into question?
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