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June 10, 2019

Five surprises of denominational church planting leaders

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project You’ve been a pastor for years, but now your denomination is asking you to leave your pastoral post and step into a full-time role of overseeing church planting for a region, the nation, or perhaps even the world. Here are some surprises you may experience as you make that transition: You won’t be referred to as “Pastor” anymore. As a leader in a local church, you’ve likely been called “Pastor” (or whatever the appropriate tribal ecclesiastical title is) for years. In your new role, you suddenly find yourself being referred to as “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” “Madam” or “Sir.,” etc. When you speak at a church, most of the time you will be speaking to a room full of strangers. Friends who were formerly your peers now tend to view you in a different vocational category and the longer you are not serving in a local church leadership role, the less “street cred” […]
May 14, 2019

The Empty Chair

By Ken Nabi, President & Executive Minister of Converge Great Lakes One of the challenges for a pastor is to keep his congregation mindful of the scores of lost all around them these days. It is so easy for the average churchgoer to get inoculated to the “lostness” of thousands of people who are far from God and living apart from His forgiveness and grace. When the majority of our people gather for corporate worship in a local church there are plenty of empty chairs all around them, and in the American consumerist mindset we like our space, so the empty space next to us is a convenient comfort. But, we need to turn this around and let the empty chair bother us. As a Pastor, I would periodically gather our people together to pray for a variety of issues in the community and our nation. We would often end these corporate prayer efforts by meeting in the sanctuary and […]