Category Archives: Pastoring

Intense Emotions

We all experience them, and God can help us in incredible ways. I WAS ON A WALK WITH LARRY, one of the dedicated church members in my new district. “The church nominating committee would like to recommend that you serve … Continue reading

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Change Your Church Culture with these Baby Steps

This article was published in abbreviated form in the June/July 2022 issue of Ministry Magazine. By Jacob & Dan Serns Dan: Celebrating Changed Lives “Melinda, how has God brought you to this place in life?” Sabbath morning during the worship … Continue reading

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The Church’s Role in Discipleship

How do we strengthen and mobilize the church in ministry and mission? How to we win souls and develop soul winners? How do we make disciples who make disciples? This spring It Is Written media ministry has assembled a team … Continue reading

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“We’re thinking about marriage but we can’t afford to…”

Her Question: “Good morning Pastor Dan. I have a question. So recently I have been feeling convicted on a lot of things but mostly that my significant other and I should get married…mostly because living together ….with two kids is … Continue reading

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Baptizing During a Pandemic!

(An abbreviated form of this article is the Evangelism & Sabbath School Report to the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Mid-term Constituency in May 2021.) Jesus is transforming people’s lives all over Texas, but how do you baptize them during … Continue reading

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Pastoral Visitation Made Easier

I once saw a cartoon. In the first frame a pastor was visiting with someone in their home but thinking “I really should be working on my sermon.” In the second frame the same pastor was working on his sermon … Continue reading

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Pray for and Reach out to Religious Leaders in Your Area

In 2012 the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church initiated “The Great Controversy Project (Read It! Share It!).”  As part of the project Pastors Dan Serns and Adam Keating distributed God’s Holy Word: Is It Still Worth Dying For? (a portion of The Great … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Former & Inactive Church Members

“Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world…” 2 Timothy 4:10. How tragic! Paul’s close friend and fellow worker (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:24) abandoned Paul at the time Paul needed him most. Not only that. Demas abandoned the message and … Continue reading

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Lockdown Victories

There is a good chance you have been in lockdown this year. Use nicer terms if you like – quarantine, shelter in place, hunker down, stay home 2 save lives – but it’s all the same. Severe limits on your … Continue reading

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Group Leaders Who Thrive and Multiply

There’s no doubt that the Bible gives us counsel on the need for groups. So why is it so hard to get them going or keep them going in a local congregation? Recently I presented an interactive training on zoom … Continue reading

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