7 Things We’ve Learned about Reaching Millennials

The statistics are staggering. The older a child gets today, the greater his or her chances are of disappearing from the church. The church must intentionally plan to reverse this trend.

Grace Community Church is built around a desire to reach people who may not have previously been interested in church. We love when people bring their friends. This vision extends to reaching the youth of our community. Along the way, we’ve learned a few things.

If the church wants to reach young people these days, here are 7 things we must do: […] Continue Reading…

Bro. Laida: My Interview with a 92 Year Old Pastor, Part 5

This is part five of my interview with Dr. John David Laida.

If you missed the first four segments, click HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

In this final segment, Brother Laida addresses:

Word of advice to young pastors
Word of warning to young pastors
Future of the church
Advice on handling […] Continue Reading…

Bro. Laida: My Interview with a 92 Year Old Pastor, Part 4

This is part four of my interview with Dr. John David Laida.

In this video, you’ll hear Dr. Laida address:

How he prepares for messages
Weaknesses in ministry
Dealing with controversy
5 things pastors ought to do
The most important thing for a pastor to do.

Love The People from ron edmondson on Vimeo.

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Bro. Laida: My Interview with a 92 Year Old Pastor, Part 3

This is part three of a five part interview with Dr. John David Laida. Brother Laida, as we called him. At the time of this filming, he is a 92 year old pastor  (about to turn 93), who was still doing interim pastorate positions in area churches — preaching every […] Continue Reading…

Bro. Laida: My Interview with a 92 Year Old Pastor, Part 2

This is part two of my interview with Dr. John David Laida — or as I call him — Brother Laida. He has “supposedly” retired once, but never quit working. He’s still serving a church full-time today.

If you missed the introductory video, catch it HERE.

In this segment, Dr. […] Continue Reading…

Bro. Laida: My Interview with a 92 Year Old Pastor, Part 1

This is the introduction video to my interview with Dr. John David Laida. These were filmed over 3 years ago and I posted them earlier, but decided to bring them forward. I’ll share them over the next few days. They are good!

Brother Laida, as we always referred to him, […] Continue Reading…

7 Ways To Be A Best Friend To A Pastor

Every pastor I know needs a best friend. Don’t we all?

Most likely the pastor has a best friend in a spouse. I hope so. I encourage it. My wife is that for me. My boys are also. 

But, I think there’s more. And, more these days than ever. 

And, if “best” […] Continue Reading…