Skip to content

My New Book is on Kindle!

We are up on Kindle! This is my first venture into the world of eBooks!
 
Here is the link:
 
I have word the book will be restocked on Amazon next week. Yes we sold out!
 
Thanks!
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
img_1088
Advertisements

My new book is now available on Amazon!

You can now order my new book “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.” on Amazon!

This collection of stories moves from death toward life with plenty of warmth, Southern Illinois grit and humor.

Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532360177/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_tKVjAbB0C857V

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, a Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.

 

Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.

My new book “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.”  Will be released on Amazon and Kindle this week.

 

More information is coming…

Love God Love People DDDC

7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry

sunset creagh

Are you discouraged in your service to the Lord? It happens to all of us. As much as we would like life to move “up and the right,” we will all endure seasons of feeling inadequate, dejected and downright pessimistic. Sometimes we just want to become 10 years old again and “take our ball and go home.” Such seasons can be times of growth but we must not allow these seasons to become our new norm.

Here are some words to the discouraged:

1) Double down on the mission

Discouraged people are often people off-mission. Refocus your energy toward your church mission statement and get back to doing the stuff you were doing when things were going well. Getting back to the basics of effectiveness is always a good mantra in difficult times.

2) Stop feeling sorry for yourself

Everyone in the Bible had tough times and everyone God has ever used throughout history had tough times. Jesus had tough times for heaven’s sake! Realize you are in good company and cancel the pity party due to lack of interest.

3) Be faithful

Being faithful is easy when things are going great but can be quite burdensome when they are not. “What is the use?” is a lie the devil uses early and often in such seasons. The Bible commends faithfulness above all things. So keep battling in such a way as we hear God say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

4) Remember tough times don’t last forever

They seem like they do but they don’t. God wins. Something has to turn around at some point if you are on God’s side.

5) Learn any lessons you need to learn

Some rough seasons are self-inflicted, others are inevitable but all offer an opportunity for learning, leaning on Jesus and growth. It is often the skills we learn in the valley that enable us to once again soar on the mountain top!

6) Attack the distract

In times of discouragement, sources of distraction are deadly. Silence the negative and divisive voices by choosing not to listen to them and firmly rebuking them. You need voices of hope in tough times, not selfish people with an uncanny and disheartening grasp of the obvious. Misery missionaries go home.

7) Live in victory

Just start living in victory. Just do it. Speak victory, celebrate the victory promised in the Bible and claim the victory God is about to give you!

There is nothing wrong with seasons of discouragement. They are a natural and normal part of serving God in a fallen world. But discouragement must never become your permanent address. That address is “life and life abundant.”

Hang in there. Don’t waiver. Keep planting good seed.  Be faithful. Good things are coming!

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church has been the Sr. Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.

Ravings of a United Methodist Pastor (Who really needs to get back to work)

 

At a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball game a few years back, a fellow United Methodist clergy member and I were discussing the need for our denomination to attract more gifted people into ordained ministry.  It seemed to us that many of our brightest and best young people don’t even consider whether God may be calling them to ministry when they head to college.

 

Then it hit me!  Like a bat squaring on a 99 mile per hour fastball, it hit me.  Crack!  What we need are clergy trading cards!  Baseball cards are what got me interested in baseball.  Football cards are what got me interested in football.  Hockey cards failed to get me interested in hockey (but this is clearly the exception that proves the rule).  Surely clergy trading cards would get young people interested in becoming pastors.  There is something big brewing here!  I assume you are feeling the excitement as well.

 

Here is the deal: The cards would capture clergy in exciting poses and put our church statistics on the back.  I am not talking boring head shots like a church directory; we are talking exhilarating, exciting, action shots!  Preaching shots, performing baptism shots, eating at an unlimited buffet shots, work trip shots, dressed up like John Wesley while riding a horse shots, playing slow pitch softball shots, walking out of the Garden Tomb shots, prophetically teaching a Disciple class shots!  You know, good stuff!

 

The children of America would soon dream about owning a John Ed Mathison or a Maxie Dunam rookie card and those who owned one would have to fight pride (again helping them become great pastors one day).  Young collectors could open packs hoping to get an Adam Weber card, arrange their clergy cards into the correct annual conferences and the proper jurisdictions, stack them from largest to smallest churches and imagine they were Bishops by trading pastors from one church to the other.  We could start on-line fantasy leagues where members hold a clergy draft and receive points each Monday for the church growth, professions of faith and baptisms performed by their pastor that week.  If their pastor was slumping or injured, they could dump them and get someone else (real churches do this all the time).

 

And think of the fun the kids will have trading!  There they will learn negotiation skills (another great arrow to have in the pastoral quiver) as kids will have to decide as to whether five or six Shane Bishop’s for one Jessica Moffatt is the best trade.   With that will come price guides, subsets of seminarians sure to be stars and United Methodist Clergy Trading Card Conventions will be held in hotel ballrooms and rural interstate truck stops all over America.  We could also have subsets for people appointed “beyond the local church” which would include seminary professors and counselors.  Who wouldn’t want a Dr. David Watson card?  Soon the cards will be so popular that non-denom preacher’s kids will ask their father disapprovingly, “Why is there not a card of you?”  The father will have to reply in a downcast manner, “Because I am not a United Methodist.”  And won’t that feel good?  As you can see, the upside is unlimited, the downside is non-existent and there are wins everywhere.

 

Since I am not really into product development, manufacture, marketing, transportation or distribution; so my part in the next, new, big thing to hit America ends here.  And for the new batch of young pastors that returns United Methodism to the most powerful spiritual movement in the nation simply because of the Clergy Trading Cards, I will humbly accept my proper place in history.

 

Consider this article my intellectual patent.  Or more accurately, the “tongue wedged firmly in cheek” ravings of a United Methodist pastor who really needs to get back to work.

Shane Baseball Card

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

What I See Coming for the American Church

What I see coming…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change. You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself. Many years ago, a wise mentor named Dr. Roderick McLean taught me to read futurists, analyze the world around me, anticipate trends and have a church prepared to be effective once the future arrives. It is the difference between a young soccer player chasing the ball around and a more experienced player learning to anticipate where the ball is going to be. I began to read authors from both business and theology like Faith Popcorn and Leonard Sweet and in time, I began to apply my own sensibilities to anticipate what is about to happen and to follow what is happening to a logical extreme. The skill set…

View original post 487 more words

12 Things I See Happy People Do (that unhappy people do not)

Published in the late spring, this one is nearing 2.9 million views.

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people who wouldn’t be happy, were they not unhappy but I am not talking about them.  We will just let them be.  I am also not thinking theologically here (i.e. juxtaposing happiness and joy), today I am going to err on the practical and pragmatic side of things.  With that being said, let’s get going.

I think most people want to be happy; they are just not quite sure how to get there from their present location.  Many people honestly believe that happiness is a lucky bounce; a sunny disposition or favorable circumstances but I disagree.  Happiness is a choice…

View original post 601 more words