Lawrence Downing

Lawrence G. Downing, DMin, is a retired pastor and professor residing in San Luis Obispo, California, United States.

The preacher's weekly dilemma

How do you go about the important task of deciding what you will preach on? Last-minute decisions not only add to the stress you must carry, but also are likely to result in an unbalanced spiritual diet for your congregation. In this article) Lawrence Downing relates the various approaches he has tried and tells what works for him.

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What I expect of an administrator

What is the conference administrator's role? More specifically, how should he relate to the churches and their pastors in the area in which he works? A pastor gives his perspective on the characteristics, attitudes, and skills that a conference administrator needs to bring out the best in those he leads.

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"The Wall of Adventism'' and Baby Fae

Cutting edges. Controversies. Challenges. Creative energies. They suggest exciting possibilities I Jesus handled them all well. The author of this Viewpoint suggests that in recent times our church has quite literally experienced mixed success in dealing with them. What do you think?

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Keeping lay leaders active

If you've ever watched in frustration as a lay leader became less and less involved, and finally faded from the scene, perhaps meaningful involvement was what was missing. How is your church's involvement quotient?

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Fresh air at 9:30

Have you taken the pulse of your Sabbath school lately? Does its condition worry you? Have you thought of what a Christian education specialist might do for your Sabbath school? What about trying a Sister Church program?

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Conduct an annual church planning session

If your board is suffering from the church board blahs, an annual planning session can add new life to your meetings.

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A multiethnic church: an intentional decision

"An House of Prayer for All People" is more than a slogan.

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Viewpoint: Church management: How is it different? What brings success?

Legitimate adaptation of corporate management principles to church leadership

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