By Joe Mckeever on Sep 22, 2017
"Any pastor can tell you about it. Even when you do your best to serve God by ministering to His people, some church members are not going to forgive you. You didn’t do it their way, weren’t there when they called, didn’t jump at their bark." So how do you handle these kinds of situations?
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 7, 2017
Get out of the office, pastor, and knock on some doors. Later, you can get your people to do it. But first, you do it. Do it by yourself, if you must. Or take someone with you. Do it by appointment or cold-turkey. But do it. That is as profound a way as I know to build a great church.
By Joe Mckeever on Aug 12, 2017
“I have all this education and training. Why won’t churches call me as pastor?”
By Joe Mckeever on Aug 9, 2017
To serve people “for Jesus’ sake” means we ask Him how to serve them.
By Joe Mckeever on Jul 18, 2017
When a pastor stands to preach, he never knows who is listening to him. And if his sermon is recorded or broadcast, he has no clue who will be hearing his words. He will do well to make sure he knows what he’s talking about.
By Joe Mckeever on Jul 14, 2017
"Nothing is so lovely and so welcome and so healing in a church as for a member to go before the congregation and admit to his/her destructive behavior and ask for forgiveness."
By Joe Mckeever on Jun 13, 2017
“Consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself lest you also grow weary and lose heart,” (Hebrews 12:3).
By Joe Mckeever on Apr 22, 2017
The church member stares and wonders what’s going on and why you’re making so much noise until the day he/she meets Jesus.
By Joe Mckeever on Apr 6, 2017
Churches do programs and ministries which no one will ever partake of except themselves.
By Joe Mckeever on Jan 1, 2017
See how they treated Jesus? Expect the same for yourself, pastor.
By Joe Mckeever on Dec 17, 2016
Tell it with gusto and love. Tell the story of the birth of Jesus with all the excitement of someone hearing it for the first time. Tell the story without detouring into theories and guesses and myths and controversies.
By Joe Mckeever on Dec 10, 2016
Disciples of Jesus Christ must never try to calculate the cost/benefit of some act of ministry.
By Joe Mckeever on Oct 6, 2016
To expect to carry the message without feeling the weight is asking a little much.
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 21, 2016
You’re sitting in his church listening to him preach. He’s not five minutes into the message before you realize Mr. Hotshot is appearing before you in the flesh. His words and mannerisms give him away.
By Joe Mckeever on Aug 27, 2016
It’s so easy for a preacher to exhibit fear and not faith when standing before the church and calling the congregation to faithfulness and righteousness.
By Joe Mckeever on Jul 20, 2016
“They will still bear fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and very green…” (Psalm 92:14).
All generalizations are false. Including this one.
Every rule has its exceptions. Including this one.
Even so, I’m going to make some general statements about seniors.
By Joe Mckeever on Jun 3, 2016
They call you Preacher because nothing you do is as important or as critical to the work of the church as your preaching.
By Joe Mckeever on May 18, 2016
Consider these five reasons to be involved in the local association. I promise you that Christ will be honored, your church will be strengthened, other ministers will be encouraged, and most surprising of all, you will find yourself to be more fulfilled in serving your Lord.
By Joe Mckeever on Apr 29, 2016
Show me a Christian who can please God better alone than with other believers and I’ll show you a one-of-a-kind, something never before seen on planet Earth. The Lord thought you and I would be needing each other, so placed us in a church fellowship when He saved us.
By Joe Mckeever on Apr 6, 2016
There is a danger turning faith into fairy tale for our own comfort. At the same time it may help us to approach someone with biblical truths after we understand their line of thinking.
By Joe Mckeever on Mar 30, 2016
You ask the question and–this is critical–you remain standing. You are not just expressing a point of view, you are asking for answers. And you are doing so in such a sweet manner, no one can accuse you of trying to stir up anything.
By Joe Mckeever on Mar 14, 2016
It was December 1961, the Christmas season. Margaret Henderson and I would be married five months later and then spend 52 years together serving the Lord. We had no idea all the Lord had in store for us, of course. The one thing we knew and wanted with all our hearts was that God was leading us and would use us.
By Joe Mckeever on Feb 20, 2016
Great advice from Joe McKeever: "Don’t ever resign your church in a fit of passion. In a rush of anger. That’s a huge no-no for preachers."
By Joe Mckeever on Jan 23, 2016
The preacher told the church, “My job is to preach and your job is to listen. If you get through before I do, please be patient and I’ll try to do the best I can.”
By Joe Mckeever on Jan 6, 2016
If you're OK with what R. G. Lee called “sermonettes by preacherettes to Christianettes,” then preaching is easy.
By Joe Mckeever on Dec 16, 2015
Joe McKeever helps reframe our calling: "The people who make up your congregation do not require anything new from you regarding the Christmas story this season or any season. "
By Joe Mckeever on Nov 28, 2015
Joe McKeever tells us about the day he sat in on a Sunday school class and made a startling discovery.
By Joe Mckeever on Nov 4, 2015
I asked my friend: weren't times when church members rose up and demanded new leadership? Did he not get the urge to try something new?
By Joe Mckeever on Oct 13, 2015
Pastor, even if people get it wrong, don’t let that stop you from doing it right.
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 25, 2015
The smart preacher never tells a story that clobbers his sermon and destroys the point he is trying to make.