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Endorsements for FINDING YOUR NEXT PASTOR

Here are a few endorsement quotes about my new book, Finding Your Next Pastor. Rev. Curry Pikkaart, Author of 7 Habits of Highly Healthy People, says…. Finding Your Next Pastor is a must read for churches (and pastors) in transition. Ed Schneider offers ample valuable information, processes and tools to support and accomplish his premise of “The right person in the right place at the … Continue reading Endorsements for FINDING YOUR NEXT PASTOR

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I Know a God!

By: Rev. Ed Schneider revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com There I was, sitting in an old friend’s living room having a conversation about a church I used to lead many years ago. This happened at approximately 5:00 pm. (you will discover why this is important shortly) During the conversation the subject of two young men in their mid to late 20’s, who I had invested considerable amount of time … Continue reading I Know a God!

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Disconnected Churches & Christians

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th. revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com Unfortunately, far too many “Christian” locations of worship, also known as “churches,” have fallen victim to what I am labeling as “marginalized faith.”What I mean by marginalized faith concerns compartmentalizing certain areas of personal comfort in areas of Christianity where little, if any, growth or even struggle is required. An example of this would be someone who enjoys a … Continue reading Disconnected Churches & Christians

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Is My Church Healthy?

by: Rev Ed Schneider  revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com It should be no secret to those who have a passion for “church growth” that far too many local congregations seem to be floundering in a sea of mediocrity.  In some cases outright failure is all but assured because the requirements of vibrant and sustainable growth are completely out of the scope of possibility.  Even if local church leaders wanted … Continue reading Is My Church Healthy?

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The Sanctity of Life: A Father’s Joy!

Rev. Ed Schneider – Life, all life, has great value. It is not to be taken lightly. It is to be cherished. It is to be honored. It is to be held in the highest regard. The vast majority of people who have no connection God also have the highest level of rationalization regarding what human actually is and what intrinsic value a person’s life equals. Continue reading The Sanctity of Life: A Father’s Joy!

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A church “home” should never be taken for granted

As we began to rebuild this shell of a church, important lessons began to emerge. Lessons revolving around shared trials and shared joy were experienced. We also discovered that every congregation was a missionary society unto itself, and every band of believers was their own church growth experts. Continue reading A church “home” should never be taken for granted

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A Grandmother’s Blessing: A firm Foundation of Christian Understanding

By: Rev Ed Schneider revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com There she stood, my grandmother, the very anchor of my existence. With her feet firmly planted in the front yard of our small brick three bedroom house in a working-class neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, she looked like a weird version of the Statue of Liberty. As she stood in the middle of her neatly manicured, vibrantly green lawn, sweating, … Continue reading A Grandmother’s Blessing: A firm Foundation of Christian Understanding

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Rock Solid Proof of the Resurrection of Jesus PART 1

By: Rev Ed Schneider revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com CHAPTER ONE  During the time surrounding the Christian Church’s annual celebration of Easter each faithful and enthusiastic Christian soul is overjoyed by the privilege of observing the memory of what believers proclaim as a historical event; the resurrection of Jesus. Believers find themselves both severely challenged before an unbelieving world and as well as having the opportunity to express their personal … Continue reading Rock Solid Proof of the Resurrection of Jesus PART 1

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No More Excuses, Please!

By: Rev Ed Schneider The other day I found myself contemplating the following two questions. Why is it that we make excuses all the time for others and ourselves? Why does humanity find it remarkably difficult to take an honest look at itself and others, while holding both accountable under God’s word? I am fairly comfortable the foundational issues surrounding these two questions has a … Continue reading No More Excuses, Please!

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Spitting in the Face of God

by: Rev. Ed Schneider revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com Please read the following scriptural references as a backdrop to this posting. 14 His birth will make you very happy, and many people will be glad.15 Your son will be a great servant of the Lord. He must never drink wine or beer, and the power of the Holy Spirit will be with him from the time he is born.  16 John will … Continue reading Spitting in the Face of God

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How to Grow any Christian Church

by: Rev. Ed Schneider Over the course of more than 3 decades of pastoral leadership God has blessed me with both significant amount of successes and failures.  Like most people I have a tendency to enjoy trying to recapture the successful experiences and try to learn what NOT TO DO from the failures. To be truthful some of the major successes in my ministerial life have been associated with … Continue reading How to Grow any Christian Church

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62 Women in a 4 Foot Kitchen

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th. Luke 6:37; John 12:47; James 4:11 My grandmother had a constant and unswerving call to include and affirm people. She would often tell me that, “If you’re gonna go through all the trouble of inviting folks into the church shouldn’t you ought to do what’s necessary to make them feel as though they are a part of what’s going on?” … Continue reading 62 Women in a 4 Foot Kitchen

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The Ultimate Nonsense: The Post-Christian Era!

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th.  {revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com} Recently I was at a gathering of “CHRISTIAN” ministers and non-clergy local church leaders. They were brought together to discuss the current realities of the Christian Church in America. During the course of a little more than 2 hours I heard the term “Post-CHRISTIAN Era” 14 times when speakers were referring to the times in which we live. I … Continue reading The Ultimate Nonsense: The Post-Christian Era!

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Starting a New Ministry: How Do You Actually Do That?

By: Rev. Ed Schneider Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being a priest for Me;  Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. So, you think God is calling you to start something new? Here are some important things to remember as you … Continue reading Starting a New Ministry: How Do You Actually Do That?

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Five Keys to Developing an Environment of Positive Christian Leadership

by: Rev. Ed Schneider In any growing, vibrant organization, the multiplication of leadership involves continuous cultivation of an environment where leadership is welcomed and encouraged to grow. When you’ve built a Christian Fellowship where new leadership is valued and embraced, the impact God can have through your ministry is greater than you could have imagined.  Sharing an environment of leadership is the most important growth … Continue reading Five Keys to Developing an Environment of Positive Christian Leadership

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Throw that Snake into the Fire and Get Back to Work

by: Rev. Ed Schneider In the last chapter of Acts it seemingly ends the story of an incredibly hard sequence of events in the life of Paul. Within a few short years Paul had been through the most difficult of times.  His newly found awakening of the life and mission of Jesus had cost him greatly. Earlier in Acts it tells of Paul having a … Continue reading Throw that Snake into the Fire and Get Back to Work

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The Disease of the Christian “Life-Style”

by Rev. Ed Schneider Acts 26:15-28 reads…. 15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I … Continue reading The Disease of the Christian “Life-Style”

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E.S.P. Equals Tangible Transformation

by: Rev. Ed Schneider Sometimes I truly believe us Christian-folk make Christianity far more difficult than it needs to be. WHY? One reason may be that humans often become frozen by either fear of the unknown or prideful in assuming they have all the answers to the bigger questions of life. Clearly, humanity finds itself trapped in a persistent emotional trap of THINKING TOO MUCH! To a … Continue reading E.S.P. Equals Tangible Transformation

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The Fallacy of “FEEL-GOOD” Christianity

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th. You know what I love about “modern” Christianity? It is so easy to be a part of it. There are almost no rules to follow, no guilt to experience, and certainly no process of personal discovery regarding the fundamental flaws within the human condition. No one seems to find it necessary to look into the spiritual mirror concerning humanity’s foundational … Continue reading The Fallacy of “FEEL-GOOD” Christianity

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When a Fresh Pair of Eyes Meets a 3 Day God

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th. Woe is me. What have I done to deserve this mess? Oh, my God! There doesn’t seem to be any way out. Has God completely deserted us? These and other wailings have plagued humanity almost since the beginning of time. People will always find themselves in circumstances where it seems like there’s no way out. There hasn’t been one person … Continue reading When a Fresh Pair of Eyes Meets a 3 Day God

Judging Others: Yes or No?

Someone responded to this posting and said Christians are not called to judge others. The person told me that by judging others I was both, not recognizing the innate faults all human beings have, and the grace God requires as we interact with others. Then he went on to say I needed a better Commentary to be more effective in my teaching. Here’s my response … Continue reading Judging Others: Yes or No?