Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Equipping the Saints for Ministry – Ephesians 4:12 As pastors, it is our Biblical mandate to make disciples and equip the saints to do the work of the ministry so the Church can be built up by what each one has to offer. All too often we become so busy doing the...
Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Do you have people within your congregation who desire to know more about the Bible and grow in their faith, but have neither the time nor finances to enroll in seminary? Do you want your church to not only have a stronger understanding of what and why they believe,...
Molded and Transformed

Molded and Transformed

Blacksmithing serves as a perfect metaphor for the long, hard, repetitive, seemingly violent method of transforming a leader. If the purpose of a transformational leader is, in the words of Dr. King, to “hew out of a mountain of despair stones of hope” then we would...
Opportunities to Deliver Hope Beyond the Box

Opportunities to Deliver Hope Beyond the Box

MONUMENTAL COLLABORATIONS In this unexpected year of hardship, it’s remarkable to see organizations work together to serve households residing in the “Last Mile of Need”: a metaphorical region of families who have fallen between the gaps with unmet...
A Desire to See the Church Do Better

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

I was in high school when Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye captured the attention of the evangelical world. It kicked off a movement and inspired countless other books on dating and sexual purity. I read many of these, internalizing messages about my...
Emotional Support Parent

Emotional Support Parent

You’ve probably seen “emotional support” dogs or other pets. They can provide valuable companionship, but the primary role for providing emotional support shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of a well-trained canine. It really rests on the shoulders of a parent. We are...
Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

As a pastor, you take on much of your flock’s burdens which add to your ever-increasing stress. In one day, you might go from the bedside of a dying church member to performing a funeral. Then return the next day to offer counseling for a member who’s depressed or...
The People of God

The People of God

In this age of cancel culture, individuals, institutions, and groups are publicly shamed for demonstrating or even just affirming an unpopular opinion or cultural value. When mass disapproval of the behavior occurs, they are “cancelled.” If you participate in social...
Home Grown Faith

Home Grown Faith

Brand new research shines a light on faith in the home – just in time for a country that is mostly staying home on Sunday mornings.   As a pastor in the time of COVID I’ve had to ask questions I’ve never asked before. The same is true of the many other pastors I’ve...