I’m weird. I like meetings. They are an opportunity to interact with people. Being an extrovert, I enjoy the collaboration of teamwork. Not all meetings are created equal. Church staff meetings can wander into theological briars and get stuck. Discussions about facility requests can circle on a roundabout like Clark Griswold in London. Some church staff probably think the “lead” in lead pastor needs to change to “tangent” (I’m guilty!). There are several approaches to Read more [...]

 

 

I’m preaching verse-by-verse through the book of Galatians. This sermon covers Galatians 2:1-10. When you lose the Truth of the gospel, you lose the freedom of the gospel. Freedom is not about what you do, but rather about what Jesus did. Whatever is false leads to slavery.

 

    In episode 49, Josh, Micah, and I discuss budget planning and how to think through a budget strategy for churches of all sizes. This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  I am in the third year of serving as lead pastor at West Bradenton. Thankfully, my first two years were more joy than angst, defined by encouragement and not disillusion. But even in a healthy church, the third year can bring frustration—for both pastor and congregation. In the first year, the congregation tends to project certain qualities onto the pastor. “He kinda sounds like my pastor from my hometown. I liked him growing up, so maybe they will be similar.” Inevitably, people Read more [...]

 

 

I’m preaching verse-by-verse through the book of Galatians. This sermon covers Galatians 1:11-24. To be called by grace is to be sovereignly saved and willingly sent. How do you know you are called by grace? You recognize both God’s sovereignty and your responsibility. You risk your safety for the rescue of others.