How to Blow Up a Church: Three Easy Steps

Jim Hamilton — April 24, 2010

By Jim Hamilton,¬†associate professor of biblical theology at Southern Seminary and senior pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. 1. Be proud Who would go into a church and be proud? All of us in some way or another. But it might not be the kind of pride you…

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Serve your church faithfully: don’t wish it was like someone else’s church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 22, 2010

By Bill Cook, professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary and senior pastor of Ninth & O Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. Churches and pastors are parting ways at an alarming rate. It would be easy to oversimplify the causes for this disaster and place the blame primarily on…

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3 questions with: Phil Newton

Jeff Robinson — April 21, 2010

Phil Newton serves as senior pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Germantown, Tenn. Newton planted South Woods Baptist on April 19, 1987 and has served as senior pastor for 23 years since. 1. How would you prioritize issues in bringing about biblical change in a local church? Phil Newton:…

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SBTS chapel live blog: Mark Dever

Garrett E. Wishall — April 20, 2010

Preacher: Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Text/title: Mark 10:13-16 – Children You see the future first in children. Every parent can see traits of their own begin to sprout in their children. You see this also in the culture. You had 10-year-olds using…

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How to begin in the pastorate? Patience, patience, patience, Rose says

Jeff Robinson — April 20, 2010

When a young minister is beginning his first pastorate, Tony Rose said there are two realities that may help him to be patient and avoid finding himself wearing the label “former pastor:” there is the ideal church you desire to have and then there is the church that you have…

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Danger: Implement change with care, FBC Durham pastor says

Jeff Robinson — April 19, 2010

It was a “traditional” Southern Baptist church, with its tradition entrenched firmly in the soil of 1955, an age that gave America the roadside luncheonette, waitresses on skates, the beehive hairstyle, “I Love Lucy” and Fortune 500 efficiency as the doctrine which served as the standing or falling of the…

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Seven sure-fire ways to blow up a church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 16, 2010

By Chuck Lawless, Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary I served as a church pastor for 14 years, have now served for 12 years as a church consultant and have watched hundreds of students begin their local church ministries during my 14 years…

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Speaking the truth in love: the key to pastoral ministry

Garrett E. Wishall — April 15, 2010

By Thomas R. Schreiner, preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary. A loving pastor should not want to blow up his church, but, for even the most faithful minister,…

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How to implement and sustain change in a local church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 14, 2010

By Hershael W. York, senior pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky. and Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary. With some regularity I receive an email or a call relating that some pastor, often a seminary student or recent graduate, has “torn up”…

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David Prince and Jeremy Haskins on how to implement and sustain change in a local church WITHOUT blowing it up

Garrett E. Wishall — April 13, 2010

Picture this situation: you have served as pastor of a particular church for less than five years. The church is growing and you think it would be wise to construct a new building. “Yes, the church was founded in 1916 and has met in the same building for 90 years,”…

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