Tag Archives: small church

Beautiful Churches Built on Sacred Ground

The beauty of small churches in West Texas inspires me to remember that the Sunday assembly is not about me. After arriving in Abilene in 1998, I was impressed by Bob Marcho’s ministry to small churches. He not only preached every Sunday at a congregation smaller than 25, he also coordinated student preachers…

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Why I Pray The Daily Offices

My first fulltime job was with a large church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. I spent almost eight years serving this congregation as their youth minister. When I left, we had multiple fulltime ministers on staff and many part-time admin staff. We had weekly minister meetings and staff devotionals. There was a wall…

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Soul Care in the Wilderness: A Preacher’s Journey

When you’re ready to abandon ship There was a time I was ready to throw in the towel in ministry and with churches altogether. My frustrations with churches had grown to a dangerous level and were ready to implode in my weary soul. The voices of failure and inadequacy had taken over my…

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Preaching as Leadership

One leadership function that is often not recognized as leadership is the practice of preaching.  What usually commands attention when leaders talk about leadership are things like vision-casting, pastoral care, and identifying meaningful goals that extend the mission of the church.  But preaching, not so much! Yet every week in nearly every church,…

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Bridges of Hope

This past summer I accompanied our teens to Atlanta to spend a week working with 7 Bridges Ministry. 7 Bridges Ministry is unique. First of all, it is a church whose founding pastor, named Seven, ministers from an experience with God that led him out of prison, violence, and addiction into a life…

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The Legacy of Ministry: Building in the Right Place, in the Right Way

I’ll never forget my mentor, Carson Reed, and his words to me before I left to assume my new position as the minister here in Glenmora: “Remember, Augustine and Bonhoeffer were small-church pastors.” I know those words were not a rebuke against pride or arrogance, because at that point I was simply happy…

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