Confessions of a Local Pastor (by Josh Ross)

Confessions from a Local Pastor There’s something addictive about a stage and a microphone and the status that often comes with it. It is a gift from God, but power and authority can easily be abused. So, maybe it’s time for a little confession from a pastor. As much as I love what I do, [Read More...]

Church Growth and its Mystery

John Johnston: Back in 1988, Kent Hughes, then an emerging pastor, was part of planting a new church. All the signs were positive. The mother church endorsed the project, and Kent was an up-and-coming star. The community was strategically targeted, and a solid core was part of the initial foundation. As he put it, “We [Read More...]

Failing as a Pastor

Some of you may remember when J.R. Briggs decided, a bit on a lark, to host a conference called “Epic Fail.” Well, it spun out of control quite successfully.  J.R. Briggs has a new book called Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. It’s a good book, and I know of no [Read More...]

The Beatitudinal Leader

In the history of the church, moral teachings often flow from the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues. The seven deadlies are wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. The seven virtues tend to be chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. One might reasonably ask where such lists come from and [Read More...]

Leadership Redefined to Followership

When Joe Stowell sent me his manuscript on leadership to read for an endorsement, I was not but a few pages in when I realized “this is my kind of book.” Why? Some of you will know I have balked at the constant discussion of leadership in Christian circles, and I’m not the first to [Read More...]

The Problem for Leaders

There are two kinds of leaders — outcome-driven leaders and character-driven leaders. So, Joseph Stowell in his fantastic new book, Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders (Zondervan, 2014). Anyone who begins a book on leadership with what Stowell says has my thumbs up vote: In conversations about leadership, I am most frequently asked, ‘What’s your [Read More...]

Do Pastors Need Mentors? By Jim Martin

This post, by my friend Jim Martin, Vice President at Harding School of Theology, puts into print a dimension of Jim’s ministry at Crestview Church of Christ in Waco for which he was well-known. Could A Mentor Help You? In Mentor Like Jesus (p. 12), Regi Campbell tells of some people in their 90s who [Read More...]

Jesus, the Radical Reader

From John Frye, Jesus the Radical Exegete Good, proper biblical exegesis is a key task to be learned in seminary. With the caveat that exegesis is both a skill and an art, most schools want to train students to rightly divide the Word of truth. My seminary years are far behind me and Jesus is teaching [Read More...]

Powerful Leaders and their Enablers

Alan Molineaux: The recent Mark Driscoll episode in which he has been accused of pastoral bullying by former members and leaders at Mars Hill reminded me somewhat of the storyline of the film. In essence the key leader is the culture maker and often rightly seen as the main protagonist but is supported by a [Read More...]

Missional vs. Attractional: What Kind of Pastor? (John Mark Comer)

Source For those who have grown up around an attractional church, it’s a totally different set of metrics for success. It’s a different way of thinking about what it means to be a successful pastor. Attractional churches tend to attract very different leadership personalities than a “missional” expression of church. A different kind of pastor [Read More...]


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