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Sabbatical reflections: the team I left behind

A pastor can’t seize sabbatical. He can only enter it with confidence in a team of leaders who will support and enable his extended absence.

An open letter from a pastor

This heartfelt letter from a pastor in Clinton, Arkansas is written as an open letter to churches everywhere, appealing to their members to consider the role of the pastor in these days of 2020 that are so strained and a test for all spiritual leaders.

Tribute: Dr. W.O. Vaught

I never realized expository preaching wasn’t common for all churches as I grew up because it was all I knew. This post is a tribute to Dr. W.O. Vaught of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and his faithful preaching and teaching of scripture. His consistent, biblically-centered messages shaped my life and my preaching.

Pastor Church Staff Appreciation Month

A few radical (and thoughtful) ideas from a pastor about encouraging your entire church staff throughout the year.

10 years of ministry (and lots of coffee)

Here are seven things I’ve learned/re-learned after 10 years in ministry at Northstar Church and ten things I’m thankful for.

Nuff Said: “Ordinary” Sundays, Methodists circa 2014, Top 35 Christian blogs and the Youth Pastor Accidental Screenshare

In this collection of articles, you’ll read about the danger for ministers of hyping every Sunday, a glimpse at the Methodist debate related to sexuality circa 2014, Brian Dodd’s recommended Top 35 Christian blogs and John Crist’s video about a youth pastor trying to use screenshare.

More reasons people leave the church

It’s hard to believe that saying “yes” too much may lead someone to leave your church. Another possibility for leavers is when a member becomes embarrassed about their uninvolvement.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 2

Part 2 of the review of Andy Stanley’s book “Deep & Wide..” We must learn to think deeply again. We’ve become like the “Modern Family” sitcom in our ecclesiology – adrift and in reaction mode to what’s happening around us. We have no strategy and act like we have no mission. We’re simply in our church living rooms spouting off one-liners and have become the slapstick of society. Our youth and college students struggle to apply (or even know) scriptural principles to living and decisions.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 1

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley was one of the books I began 2014 reading with Dave Farris, our campus pastor in Pulaski, Virginia. Andy is the pastor of North Point Church near Atlanta, and his book Visioneering is on… Continue Reading →

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