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Strengthen: CrossTimbers at 10
Aug06

Strengthen: CrossTimbers at 10

CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp stands on the shoulders of the rich legacy of Camp Nunny Cha-ha for girls and Camp Hudgens for boys and their heritage of teaching children the value of missions. In 2006, while I was serving on the BGCO board, as a pastor, I was asked to chair a task force to make recommendations regarding the future of the children’s mission camps. Both camps had experienced a decline in participation...

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Strengthen: What pastoral candidates should ask
May28

Strengthen: What pastoral candidates should ask

Last month I shared some questions that pastoral search committees should ask of candidates. This month I want to turn the tables and share some questions that I think pastors should ask of the committees. I heard a pastor say years ago that “all pulpit committees lie.”  While I do not completely agree with that statement, I do believe that committees tend to paint a preferred view of reality. The people who are selected to serve in...

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Strengthen: What pastor search teams should ask
Apr30

Strengthen: What pastor search teams should ask

While I know that churches are looking for pastors throughout the year, it seems that spring time is prime time for the pastor search process.  In recent days, I have had numerous conversations with both pastor search teams and pastoral candidates as they seek God’s direction for their next pastor and place of service.  Both groups are asking questions in order to help themselves discern how God is leading. These conversations have...

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Strengthen: Dealing with generational differences
Feb26

Strengthen: Dealing with generational differences

I recently read a book that has captivated my attention because it addresses one of the most prevalent issues in the life of the church today. This issue is not about what we believe but how we behave in the church.  The book addresses how we relate to one another in the church with an emphasis on how the different generations relate to each other in the church. Many, if not most, of the problems that churches from across the state...

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Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness
Jan22

Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness

The Beta Collective recently launched for 2018, and we had the privilege of having Steve Parr with the Georgia Baptist Convention share with the group the importance of the small group strategy we often call Sunday School.  An added benefit of the day was some information that Parr shared with the group regarding a research project that he led with his colleague Tom Crites that they reported in their book, “Why They Stay.” This book...

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