By Josh Reich on Sep 21, 2017
"When we read the Bible, we want to understand it and apply it. We want to know what the Bible says and how it affects our lives. We want something to happen, we want to get something out of it. But we’re often left frustrated and wondering what we missed."
By Josh Reich on Jul 15, 2017
Inviting someone to church or sharing your faith about Jesus can be awkward. It is nerve wracking, scary and often times not what many followers of Jesus want to do. Yet, the reality is if you are a follower of Jesus, you are to be a witness of Jesus. (Acts 1:8) That is a key and crucial piece of your new identity in Christ. It is not optional.
By Josh Reich on Jun 6, 2017
Let’s face it, when someone hurts us, we can brush it off and often move on. We can be tough, ignore it, deal with it or get even (although that rarely helps), but something changes when it is our spouse, kids, a close friend or a family member who is hurt. We feel powerless in that moment.
By Josh Reich on Apr 28, 2017
We know that God is the one who makes a church grow, that it isn’t on us. This is both a comfort and a problem.
By Josh Reich on Apr 19, 2017
Now, we all know that God is the one who grows a church, but often that church is healthy and growing because of the character, quality and capacity of the lead pastor and leaders.
By Josh Reich on Mar 30, 2017
While we often think God’s silence means He has abandoned us or left us, that is not true. God’s silence does not equal God’s absence.
By Josh Reich on Mar 15, 2017
If there is one thing pastors know well, it is the pain that can stem from a poorly run elder team.
By Josh Reich on Mar 7, 2017
If you talk to any pastor or his wife and ask them about friends, more than likely you will get a sad, longing look.
By Josh Reich on Feb 27, 2017
You know the conversation. Someone in your church asks to meet with you, or you set up the meeting because you know they are angry at you, the church or a decision that was made.
By Josh Reich on Jan 28, 2017
Have you had a guest come to your church who seem excited but never come back?
By Josh Reich on Oct 1, 2016
The idea of recruiting volunteers is overwhelming and difficult at times. There never seems to be enough people, and the ones who are serving are often tired and feel like they are the only ones serving.
By Josh Reich on Aug 25, 2016
Most of the time on blogs like mine or other leadership and ministry blogs you read about how tough ministry is, how difficult people can be and how hard it is to be a leader. All those things are true.
By Josh Reich on Jun 6, 2016
At some point as a leader, you will feel hopeless. As a pastor it will more than likely happen after the weekend. It is hard to keep hope alive all the time as a leader.
By Josh Reich on May 31, 2016
Your language and tone tells your church how to communicate it. Not only are you training your church what to believe about homosexuality, but you are also training them how to talk about it, what they will sound like.
By Josh Reich on May 24, 2016
What happens then is the leader says no for the person without giving them a chance to say yes or no. Would that person say no? I have no idea and neither do you.
By Josh Reich on May 20, 2016
Too many pastors work at churches they would not attend if they didn’t get paid to be there. Think about this: If you work at a church, would you attend it if you didn’t get paid to be there?
By Josh Reich on Apr 27, 2016
Nobody likes a crisis. No one likes bad news or being disappointed or being uncomfortable. We like when things work, when things are easy, when things go our way. Yet if you are a leader, at some point you will walk through a crisis with your church.
By Josh Reich on Apr 14, 2016
The best companies (churches) have the best leaders. The second-best companies (churches) have the second-best leaders. The third-best companies (churches), in these times of turbulence, are unfortunately on their way out of business.
By Josh Reich on Mar 19, 2016
The goal of every sermon is to get to the resurrection. Each and every week we do the same thing: “We are broken and can’t fix ourselves. Our only hope is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.”
By Josh Reich on Mar 17, 2016
As leaders, we can sometimes stand in the way of change. Instead, let's take a hard look at our lives and ask these five questions to grow as leaders.
By Josh Reich on Feb 1, 2016
The crash a pastor experiences the day after preaching can be brutal. Your whole body aches, your eyes hurt, you feel as low as you have felt all week.
By Josh Reich on Jan 8, 2016
Hell is in the Bible. Death, the afterlife, heaven, hell, are all questions our culture wrestles with. People wonder about it.
By Josh Reich on Dec 23, 2015
An extra service this week doesn't have to be a chore: it just has to be authentic.
By Josh Reich on Nov 19, 2015
In the end, believers and seekers are asking the same thing, they are asking a gospel question.
By Josh Reich on Oct 8, 2015
If a pastor isn’t careful, he will only preach on the things he finds important.
By Josh Reich on Sep 17, 2015
What's really behind the request when someone asks you to "go deeper"?
By Josh Reich on Sep 1, 2015
Yes: go ahead and take a Sunday off every once in a while. But Josh Reich says be smart about it.
By Josh Reich on Jul 28, 2015
It's hard to do but incredibly helpful to your church. Your marriage is unique because of who you are and who your wife is.
By Josh Reich on Jul 13, 2015
Josh Reich thinks some pastors shy away from this topic for surprising reasons.
By Josh Reich on Jul 2, 2015
It's not just about taking a break; it's about becoming a better preacher.