Embracing our Role as Prophets, Priests, and Pastors

In the Bible, leadership is never one-dimensional. In both the Old and New Testaments, God provided different kinds of leaders to serve different functions. In the Old Testament we see patriarchs, prophets, priests, judges and kings. In the New Testament there are apostles, pastors, evangelists, prophets, teachers, shepherd-elders, deacons, and overseers. While there is some […]

Biblical Freedom Is Following the Right Master

Have it Your Way If you want to understand the way our country views freedom, go to Burger King. For around forty years, Burger King’s official motto was “Have it Your Way.” Sure, you could technically order something right off the menu, but because Burger King wanted you to feel like like royalty (paper crown […]

Keychain Leadership

Capacity vs. Dependence Last month, Jason Locke (Preaching Minister at the College Church of Christ in Fresno, California) posted a simple truth that church leaders should take to heart: “Leadership should generate capacity, not dependency.”  For paid church leaders, ministry is both a calling and a career. Both sides of that can sometimes lead a […]

Taking Jesus Seriously

“Contrary to popular thinking that young people want it easy, many told us they love their church because their church inspires them to act.” —Powell, Mulder & Griffin, Growing Young, p. 143. After a decade of full-time ministry, one of the most consistent themes I’ve heard from parents (and grandparents) is their deep longing to […]