The Blindness of Social Wealth. No Small Pastors. Two Kinds of Grateful Parenting. 45 Qualities Every True Leader Must Have. Are We Accidental Continuationists? Back from Sabbatical: 10 Reflections Upon Reentry. And more!
I realize that not all of us have the luxury of taking a sabbatical 5-7 years into our church plants, but I would encourage all pastors reading this to begin to have serious conversations with your elders or leadership teams about the necessity of sabbaticals for your spiritual, emotional and physical health.With that said, Melissa and I decided to jot down a few reflections (in no particular order) which we hope might be helpful to you whether a sabbatical is coming soon or later.
It appears that Alexander Pope was right when he said that a little learning is a dangerous thing. We've got resources on overconfidence, the dream of a disciple-making church, urban church planting, the rise of church planting networks and bi-vocational pastors, disconnecting from social media, and the average amount of debt each US age group has. Enjoy!
Last Saturday, April 7, Sojourn Network churches from the Pacific Northwest gathered, bringing lay-leaders and "normal" church members together for half-a-day to focus on being encouraged and equipped to serve in the local church for the long-haul. Here's a recap, complete with all event media — audio, video, and photos.
The church is responsible to baptize only believers, those whom God has saved and changed. So, as you, parents and church ministry leaders, consider whether or not the child in your care is ready, here are seven things to keep in mind
After a quick stop in San Francisco to visit Dave Ainsworth and CJ Bergmen and hear about all that God is doing through Citizens Church (you can read more about this trip here), I got up early to beat the bay area traffic, launching out of the city and into a misty Monday morning making my way to Fresno to visit another Sojourn Network church planter: Troy McComas.
Almost 1 in 5 women in Japanese prisons is a senior. Their crimes are usually minor—9 in 10 senior women who’ve been convicted were found guilty of shoplifting. This week's Roundup features a piece that demonstrates just why community is so important for human flourishing. We've also got resources on paper airplanes, child dedication services, using the creeds and confessions in corporate worship, how to preach Ecclesiastes, and a hilarious, 9-year-old caption creator for the New Yorker. Enjoy!
Recently, I joined two other pastors in a panel discussion on endurance in pastoral ministry. We averaged 28 years in the same church. Since that may seem daunting to a young pastor, the moderator asked if we originally planned to stay so long in our ministries.That question sent me drifting back 31 years to the start of my present pastorate. I don’t remember thinking consciously at that stage, “I’m planting my life in Memphis.” Many in my generation tended to go light on ecclesiology, and so thought of climbing instead of staying. Discussions of moving on to bigger and better things frequently marked the ministerial gatherings. Staying in one place, planting your life, enduring the many changes accompanying any congregation, just didn’t seem to be the focus.
Recently, I got a chance to travel out to California to visit two of our Sojourn Network churches: Citizens Church in the San Francisco area and New City Church in Fresno. In this post, I’ll share a bit about my time at Citizens Church through several photos and short captions that should provide a visual story-arc of my time in San Francisco.
Hard to believe it, but 50 Resource Roundups have now come and gone. Since this seems like it should be considered some sort of milestone, we decided to go all out and provide our BIGGEST Roundup ever. You won't want to miss this one.
As Christians, we can live in the power and joy and peace of the resurrection. By pressing deeper into the events of Holy Weekend — even the darkness of Good Friday and the silence of Holy Saturday — we discover the power of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.
In more than a decade of pastoral ministry, I’ve wrestled with this tension. How much should we cultivate special, extraordinary experiences in the faith, and how often should we just put our heads down and follow God — living quiet lives, minding our own business, working with our hands (1 Thess. 4:11) Thankfully, we are not alone in this struggle: The Church has historically wrestled with the times and seasons of the Christian life, and the Church Calendar was formed and embraced as a way of living in this tension.