Monthly Archives: June 2017

7 Things to Think about before Firing Your Pastor

This is the most painful subject I ever deal with (and I write about plenty of them). The very nature of church conflict demands that the pastor be found in the midst of the firestorm.  Sometimes, he is an innocent bystander, sometimes he inherited the problem, sometimes he is the problem and at all times […]

Why God Doesn’t Tell You What’s Next

I have spent a lot of my life trying to figure out what the next step looks like before it happens. I like to see the big picture. Not that I’m super organized or want to be fully prepared for what’s coming up ahead. I guess it is just more that I want to be […]

10 Books of the Bible You’ve Never Read, but Should

“I can’t understand it. It’s boring. It isn’t relevant to my life today.” Maybe you’ve heard these phrases before in conversations about certain books of the Bible. Or maybe, like me, you’ve even been guilty of thinking them yourself. Because let’s face it. Some books are more fun to read than others. Take the Psalms […]

Do You Owe Your Pastor an Apology?

Bob is the pastor of a small church in another state. The other day he told me what happened. First, as a layman he was put on the search committee to find the new preacher. Then, they elected him chairman of the team. And then, he began to gather information to present to prospective pastors. […]

How to Take Your Prayers to a New Level

Editor’s Note: Pastor Roger Barrier’s “Ask Roger” column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople, or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at [email protected]. Dear Roger, Is […]