One of the blessings of a new year is the sense of renewed energy and momentum that often comes with it. Many of us have recently set new goals or reset old ones and are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities of being used by God in the coming year.
Yet, even as we gain momentum, Satan works to ruin it. And we can easily aid in that process if we don’t guard our hearts, serve as team players, and remain committed to serve.
Here are some of the common ways a pastor or staff member can unintentionally ruin momentum on a church staff team: (more…)
There are many styles of leadership—some biblical and some unbiblical. But there is no question that the world needs spiritual leaders today as never before—men and women of God who are Spirit-filled and reaching the world with the gospel.
We’re asking the Lord to use these three conferences in 2016 to encourage, equip, and edify the hearts of leaders around the world. Please pray for us as we prepare for these needful meetings.
January 17-20, 2016 | Spanish Leadership Conference, Lancaster, California
We’re less than a week out from our annual church vision night, when I share with our church family opportunities to serve the Lord as a church in the coming year. It’s always an exciting time as I attempt to cast vision for what God has placed on my heart and we dream together as a church family.
We need biblical vision—in our lives, our churches, and any sphere of influence God has given to us. Proverbs 29:18 warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
But as you prepare to cast vision, remember that biblical vision isn’t simply listing what you want to do. That is a list of goals. If our vision is not drawn from God’s Word and embraced by faith, it’s not a vision at all; it is simply a to do list.
How can you tell the difference between a biblical vision and a to do list? (more…)
The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.
And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.
In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.
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One of the joys of ministry is striving together with others for the faith of the gospel.
I’m thankful that I get to work and enjoy fellowship with pastors of all ages. Here at West Coast Baptist College, I have the privilege to invest in young men preparing for the ministry, and as I’m in conferences and meetings around the country, I am able to preach and fellowship with men who are seasoned, just getting started, and everywhere in between.
Because I talk with so many pastors over the course of a year, there are certain questions I’m asked more often, particularly by younger pastors. I really love the dialog with these pastors, and I appreciate their spirit to learn and their commitment to serve the Lord with a biblical philosophy. (more…)