Leaders are readers. Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers. If you’re going to lead, you should be be thinking further in advance than the people that you’re leading. These resources will help you along that path to good and better reading...and leading!
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to go to Huntsville to listen and learn from Elliot Grudem with about 40 other guys. Something that he said during our time together resonated with me and has challenged me to take a long contemplative pause. He asked the question, “If you had to describe Jesus in one word, what word would you choose?” That’s a good question…a really good question.
God continues to add pastors and churches to our network, and we cannot be more grateful! Please join us in welcoming our latest church to partner with Sojourn Network: Trinity Community Church in Columbia, MO, where Jeremy Linneman is the lead pastor. Read their story, celebrate their wins, and please pray for them in 2017!
It is impossible for me to speak about Sojourn Network without immediately talking about my friend Jamus Edwards of Pleasant Valley Community Church. Here's the story.
We’re excited to introduce the latest Sojourn Network Paper “Why We Plant Churches” by Dave Harvey. This piece aims to carefully define what we mean by church planting. Download and read it today! We've also got resources for Father's Day, dying churches, pastors who may have no [real] friends, those under the illusion of competence, and more.
One of the questions church planters are often asked is “Why are you planting a church? Isn’t there enough already?” As a network of pastors and church planters, why do we think church planting is so important? How does church planting contribute to healthy pastors and healthy churches? Dave Harvey answers these questions and more in this free Sojourn Network Paper.
Months before Sojourn Community Church sent us to Pittsburgh to plant Renaissance Church, my wife Lauren and I would sit in our home and talk about what living in a brand new city would be like. We imagined exploring new places together. We dreamed about planting roots for the long-haul. We even spent hours — I kid you not — about all of the different restaurants we couldn’t wait to try. But the conversation always came back to one question: What if we never experience a gospel-enriched community like we encountered at Sojourn?
This week's Resource Roundup is brought to you by Seed to Oaks, a non-profit organization that imagines a world where every local church is restoring its community. The free, downloadable resources provided this week will help local churches understand their own neighborhoods and develop strategies that accelerate their ability to disciple the poor out of poverty.
This week's featured resource is a veritable treasure trove of downloadable biblical counseling resources. We've also got a WSJ piece (on my hometown!), showcasing how sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas. We've also got resources from the NYT and Crossway related to burnout, as well as a free guide on how to walk your church through "a day of renewal."
The Roundup this week is dedicated to engaging international missions as a local church. We're grateful to Sojourn International for providing the resources and downloadable bibliography. In this week's post you'll find a featured resource from The Upstream Collective, a powerful podcast ep with JD Greear, David Platt, a free global missions content archive from John Piper & Desiring God, and the confessions of a struggling, broken missionary.
This Global Missions Bibliography list is provided to you for free by Sojourn International. We're grateful for their leadership in providing missions resources that prove valuable to hard-working pastors everywhere!