3 Common Mistakes Pastor Search Committees Make

A church in pastoral transition is in an important and delicate season. How a church walks together through pastoral transition carries the potential of either unifying the body or dividing it. The weight on the shoulders of a Pastor Search Committee is intense. And they feel it constantly. It is my joy, at the SBTC, to lead the department that…

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3 Sure Ways to FAIL as a Spiritual Leader

I believe some leaders are born. Some are made. Some rise to an occasion, seemingly out of nowhere. “Summoned,” I guess one could say. Such was the case with King Jeroboam. In 1 Kings 12:2-3, Jeroboam “stayed in Egypt. But the people summoned him.” He rose to a great opportunity, then ruined it as quickly as he had risen to it.…

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Put Your Hands to the Work

“There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23) Mankind was created to work—to cultivate the earth, to master its possibilities, to rule over it, and to watch over it (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15). What a great blessing is ours that through our diligent labor, the earth might produce something it otherwise would not…

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Personality, Position, and Integrity

“The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 Do you know anyone with a big personality? I have several friends whose personalities larger than life. Everywhere they go people are drawn to them like a magnet. What a gift! I thank God for my friends with big personalities. But…

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Four Questions for Evaluating Kingdom Partnerships

Because the Great Commission is the responsibility of the local church, and because God expects each Christian to leverage his or her resources most effectively toward its fulfillment, churches must constantly evaluate kingdom partnerships. Whether this partnership is with a local Baptist association, a state convention, a national agency, an individual missionary, community benevolence programs, or any number of other…

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