http://www.westbradenton.org/assets/2079/170326_i_will_pray.mp3   I’m preaching a sermon series called “I Will . . .” This series covers seven expectations of every church member, and this week’s topic is “Pray.” God listens to our prayers when we make it about Him, not us. What does prayer reveal? Prayer reveals God’s protection and provision. Where and when should you pray? You should pray constantly to pursue what is good. Why should you pray? Righteous prayer Read more [...]
  Three notable articles I read this week: John Gardner – What’s up with all the roaring? “Maybe it’s just me, but every so often, it seems like a particular word or phrase becomes ‘trendy’ in contemporary Christian worship music. For instance, 10-15 years ago, it was variations on the phrase ‘wings like eagles’ . . . Today, I’m getting the same vibe from the words ‘roar’ and ‘roaring.’ It’s everywhere right now! Is it a biblical word?” Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra Read more [...]
    How do you hire staff? What should you do with them and what happens when the relationship needs to end? On this episode, we talk about the important decisions of hiring and firing staff. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  Every pastor gets overwhelmed. The pressures of ministry are real and many, and seasons of stress are bound to occur. Personally, I’ve dealt with legitimate death threats (twice). The weeks surrounding each of those times were intense. I’m sure many of you have stories of severe storms in which the stress was overwhelming. However, when ongoing stress starts to define a pastor, it becomes a contagion that spreads to others. Unresolved stress can ruin church leadership. In fact, it Read more [...]
  http://www.westbradenton.org/assets/2079/170319_i_will_grow.mp3   I’m preaching a sermon series called “I Will . . .” This series covers seven expectations of every church member, and this week’s topic is “Grow.” The healthiest churches inwardly are the ones most focused outwardly. Healthy spiritual growth only occurs where sacrifice is present. Healthy spiritual growth includes reaching people who are not like you. A healthy church community is different than any Read more [...]