About Tom Hypes

Tom Hypes is an ordained Pastor who has served in churches and the camping ministry for over 25 years. He currently leads at The Shepherd's Fellowship and volunteers at Leapin' Outreach (clothing ministry), Marion County Citizen Circle (helping clients with transitions from prison to community), Kirkpatrick Food Pantry, and ministers in the local nursing homes. He has also contributed to Group Magazine, CBA Marketplace, and Youth Worker Magazine. He serves in his ministry in the partnership with his family; wife Jenni, son Ryan, and daughter Emily.

Should I tithe off my income tax return?

A friend of mine asked me if they should tithe off of their income tax return the other day. It’s a question I usually hear every year so here’s my quick thoughts in case you wondering…. If you tithe off of your “take home” salary, then yes. This is finances coming back to you that […]

Disrespectful Leaders

A friend of mine put on Facebook…. “Where do ” leaders” in the church find it in the Bible to be disrespectful to anyone? I am tired of supposed “leaders” posting disrespectful videos, memes, etc. We are to love everyone and pray for our leaders whether you like them or not! Please stop! You are […]

Pastor Tom: Control Freak

One thing you need to know about me is one of my spiritual gifts is administration. Whenever I am in a discussion with a decision to be made, I find I am not thinking about the repercussions of the difference choices. I am thinking of the repercussions of the repercussions of the repercussions of the […]

Why did God Allow This?

Reminder: Not everything that happens is God’s will. Since we have been given free will (the power to choose to act in God’s ways or the world’s ways), many things happen that are not God’s will. I say this because often times I will hear people attribute divorces, financial struggles, broken friendships, loneliness, or other […]

Conversations

con·ver·sa·tion: the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words. I watched a “conversation” between Trevor Noah (Daily Show) and Tomi Lauren today. What I saw were two intelligent, informed individuals who had no interest in hearing one another. They only had an interest in hearing a couple words from the other that they could twist […]

Trump Wins! One pastor’s thoughts….

I wake up this morning to the same news you do. Donald Trump is now our president elect. For some of us, the news is exciting and a breath of relief. For others, it brings great anxiety. For most, we fall somewhere in between. I am sure that many will be using their voice to […]

Back to Church 2016

Did you know that most people who have stepped out of church have not lost faith in God? We have found that a physical move, a change in schedules, or being hurt by Christians or a church before have effected many when it comes to being in Christian community. At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we have a […]

How to Make Decisions Well

“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 Life can be hard to navigate and it seems to always be changing. What felt right yesterday is now disjointed. The plans we have been holding onto for years shift to new possibilities. Part of living this life is making decisions and […]

If Church Doesn’t Feel like it Used To…

It’s August and this is the time of year that it seems I start hearing people saying they are thinking about leaving their church and going someplace else (from our church and other churches). They say things like “It doesn’t feel the way it used to” or “I don’t feel like I fit in anymore”. […]

The Conversation Pit

Here’s a little look inside my church office…specifically, this is the conversation pit. Many in depth talks have been held here. This is where the church elders study, pray, and meet on church matters. This is where the deacons often meet to work together for the care of those within our church and the community around […]