As part of our mission to help pastors plant churches that last, we've asked Jeremiah Taylor, the lead pastor of Redemption Church Miami, to share his reflections on the video below. This video was filmed two years ago, after he and his wife Lauren moved to Miami to plant a gospel-centered church in the community of Little Haiti. They knew practically no one upon arriving, but since that time, God has brought many people into their path who also want to see a church planted in the inner-city!
It doesn’t take much to knock a vehicle out of alignment: potholes, curbs and even regular wear and tear can take a toll on your vehicle’s suspension system and steering components. And once that happens, everything—your tires, your vehicle and your hands on the steering wheel—will soon feel it.
Alignment plays a critical role in the performance of your vehicle, and the same is true for ministry networks and church planting. The benefits of proper ministry alignment are plentiful—clarity, conviction, and a sharpened mission-focus to name a few. It can also help leaders and teams avoid the pitfalls of confusion, frustration, and exhaustion.
This is why we're announcing Alignment Weekend.
And you're invited!
As we look back over 2016, we are overwhelmed by God’s amazing grace in and through our growing family of churches. In moments like this, our annual report becomes a fresh opportunity to hit ‘pause’, consider the fruit, and thank God for what He has done through your prayers, support, encouragement and gifts.
This is an easier question to ask than answer. It’s tempting to reply with the time-honored standard of “15 hours” and move merrily on our way. But sermon preparation, expository or otherwise, defies simple calculations. It blends both science and art, and is ignited by the exhilaratingly unpredictable combustion of God’s active presence.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. A recent survey by LifeWay Research shows that 50 years later, not much has changed.
In light of this reality, we thought it would be appropriate and helpful to release a clip from an interview between Dave Harvey and Jamaal Williams, in which they discuss racial diversity and reconciliation in the church.
Many pastors have said that affirmation doesn’t come naturally for them, so they look to other more “naturally” encouraging leaders, hoping to unlock the affirmation code. Whether you are supernaturally gifted to encourage or not, we all need supernatural grace and discipline to grow in encouragement.
We go to the doctor on a routine basis to preserve health. We have our cars inspected and maintained throughout the year. Retail stores take inventory to determine how sales are trending. Some of us go through annual job reviews to evaluate work performance. So doesn’t it make sense that we stop at least once a year to take spiritual inventory?