A Denomination Is No Longer Effective When…

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Jesus didn’t establish denominations, he established the Kingdom. Jesus didn’t die and conquer death for policy, he did it for people. Believers created denominations and political order to make sense of the unimaginable grace that Jesus gifted us. Sometimes denominations are wonderful organizations that help build the Kingdom and extend that grace, while other times, denominations become derailed and ineffective, protecting the organization instead of the mission. No doubt there’s a cycle of effectiveness, but the question is: Do we allow ourselves to recognize, filter, and change, so as to pursue being effective again, or do we ignore problems, retreat, and remain, so as to protect what once was safe and familiar?

A Denomination Is No Longer Effective When

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Dear Congregation

My Letter of Resignation

Reading Time: 4 minutesTo say the past six years have been some of the best years of our lives would be an understatement. We came here six years ago with nothing but a passion to pastor, a small car, and a few possessions that somewhat filled the parsonage. Since then, we’ve been blessed with two beautiful children (who you have welcomed and embraced as your own), a lovable dog, and a board and congregation who earnestly explored what ministry could, and would, look like in the Bay Roberts area. We are beyond blessed and continue to see the future of Bethel as a bright light in the area.

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Leading an Intern 101 (Part 1)

What I think I know...

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe welcome our first intern to our Church family in a few days. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!  I can’t wait for the journey to begin, but I’m realizing he’s counting on me to teach him at least something along the way.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably take more notes on what not to do, but at least he’s learning. To help us both grow along the way, I’ve decided to post about my personal journey through this mentorship.

Leading an Intern 101

This series will be less about my Intern and more about my growth and learning through the process. Don’t expect me to vent about a student — you’ll be disappointed. If anything, I’ll praise him up, because I know he’ll teach me a thing or two.

In this post, I’ll outline my thoughts heading into this journey.  In part 2, I’ll check in half-way with an update.  In part 3, I’ll finish off by writing about what I’ve learned and how the process has helped me grow.

If every moment isn’t about growing, then you’re not leading.

Before the internship begins, here are some of my thoughts as a supervisor/mentor:

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When God Says, “Not right now…”

Reflecting on outcomes; not letting outcomes reflect us

Reading Time: 7 minutesYou’re passionate about a new opportunity. You’ve applied for a new role. You’ve been nominated for leadership. You know God is stirring up a passion for new ideas and strategic initiatives in your life, but for some reason the outcome doesn’t match the passion. The opportunity closes. The job is awarded to another person. Another candidate is chosen. What happens when God says, “Not right now…?”

When God Says Not Right Now

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How to Identify False Prophets

10 Attributes of True and False Prophets and Leaders

Reading Time: 7 minutesWe’re faced with information from so many different directions these days.  It’s difficult to know what’s of God and what’s not.  While it may be tempting to want to identify the “false prophets,” it’s just as important to be able to identity who and what is truly from God.  Scripture gives us a few things to look out for; but overall, scripture focuses more on what a “true prophet” looks like.  I won’t identify false prophets in this post, but I will lay out the warnings found in scripture.

False Teachers

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