Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. looked ahead and boldly declared that God’s desire for racial harmony was possible. As we look to the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, would you join me in asking God to give us the courage to speak—and live—a similar word of counter-cultural, racially diverse, bold, and unified faith?
Chief among my passions for the SBC at this time is that we reinforce our identity as a gospel people, putting the gospel above all. We do not find our unity in worship styles, or in views on eschatology, or in political positions. We find our unity in the gospel. Whatever preferences we have must be secondary to this unifying standard.
We recognize that the multi-site strategy presents both pragmatic challenges and raises biblical questions. We have wrestled with those questions for many years, and will continue to do so. As we often say, we are eager to hear from anyone who comes to us with an open Bible and an open mind.
But we also believe, despite its difficulties, that the multi-site strategy is biblically faithful and strategically advantageous.
Everything we do as a church speaks. The question isn't if we're sending a message with our guest services, but what message we're sending. Your guest services write the introduction to the sermon. So what kind of introduction are you giving?
A few weeks ago, Pastor J.D. posted a helpful article: “What Every Pastor Wishes His Worship Leader Knew.” One of the blessings of being on staff at The Summit Church is that our pastor invited the companion article. I offer the following list (without fear of having to polish the ol’ résumé) in the hope that pastors and worship leaders can cultivate healthy relationships—all for the sake of loving and leading the local church.
Many of you have sensed it already. Perhaps it was the pumpkin spice that snuck into your cornbread. Or the temperatures dipping below 90 degrees. Whatever tipped you off, there’s no deny that it’s that time of year: School is about to begin.
In light of that, I wanted to pull a few helpful articles from the vault that deal with college, parenting, and family. Enjoy.
A few weeks ago, one of our leaders asked me to come speak to a group of worship interns, telling them “everything I thought pastors wanted worship leaders to know.” When I agreed to do it, I thought it would be a stretch to come up with three or four things. That was a bit naïve. By the time I was done, it grew to a list of 14!
Our call to demonstrate God’s love is why we put such an emphasis on proactively going to the outcast of our society, wherever they happen to be. We don’t just wait for them to wander through our doors, because the people who need a tangible expression of God’s love the most won’t—or can’t—come to us.
If your church is growing and God is at work, then being a paid staff member of that church is thrilling. You’re getting a steady paycheck to watch what God is doing in people’s lives. What could be better than that? And yet, it can also be draining. People are messy. Sure, you get to celebrate the highs, but you also have to dive down into the lows.
Yesterday I shared what I’m reading this summer. Today I wanted to give a snapshot of what my teenage daughter has been reading. You might get some ideas here for your own kids. And you can always pick up one of these for yourself, too! (After all, where do you think my daughter heard of these to begin with?)
Read Full Article
Read for later
Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
Scroll to Top
Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.