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Strengthen: How to communicate change
Sep09

Strengthen: How to communicate change

A couple of Sundays ago was a great day in my world. The church where I am currently serving as transitional pastor heard dynamic testimonies of how God is changing lives through the Celebrate Recovery ministry they sponsor. The church I previously served in called a new pastor with excitement and anticipation for the future. Leaders of the church I served prior to that were at an event where I spoke, sharing the good things God was...

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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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