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Biblical Pastoring: The Pastor’s Unique Role

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Church and Ministry, Leadership | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich – The noun “pastor” is found in only one place in the entire New Testament, so to find out what a pastor does, that seems like a good place to start. It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God– a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. But practicing the truth in...

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10 Keys for Church Growth

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 in Church and Ministry, Church Planting, Discipleship, Education, Leadership, Success | 0 comments

by Christopher Cone – It is amazing how feverishly we sometimes pursue things that aren’t real. Imagine a church growth conference for pastors in which there is more attention given to a Stanford economist than to the words of the Bible (really happened). Imagine a book outlining keys to an effective church – a book that attends more to the importance of a well laid out parking lot than to the importance of God’s word (really happened). Imagine a generation of pastors being trained to believe they are CEO’s – they are the next Steve Jobs, and are the ones to creatively lead their congregations to prosperity and influence (happens everyday). We speak of vision and creativity, of relevance and sincerity, all the while copying corporate models for monopoly. We speak of redemption and grace, of love and fellowship,...

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They Call Me Pastor

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 in Leadership, Love, Spiritual Gifts | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – My children and I started taking classes in a form of martial arts geared toward mixed martial arts some time ago.  We have a great time doing it and it is good exercise.  We also have developed a great love and report with the people at United Martial Arts in Lubbock, TX.  Coach Ian Lee, Cory Johnson, and DJ Clark and all the others at the gym have become important people in our lives and we love them very much.  It is from them that I got the new name.  Shortly after we started at UMA coach Lee and the others at the gym began calling me pastor.  Now, every time I see them that’s what they call me. I like the fact that they call me pastor.  I haven’t always felt comfortable with the...

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