The Prestonwood Network

The Prestonwood Network exist to equip and encourage pastors while working together to plant and revitalize churches. 

Established in 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Jack Graham, the Prestonwood Network exists to resource and encourage pastors while working together to plant and revitalize churches. The Network is relationship-based and consists completely of Kingdom partnerships including: former Prestonwood staff that are now lead pastors, pastors that have a relationship with Prestonwood Church, and church plants that have been supported in the past. These are all part of the Prestonwood Network.

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Leadership is a privilege. It can be challenging, especially in these times of crisis. But it is when we are in the crucible that true leadership is revealed. Crises can take different forms. They can be personal, political, financial, relational, and in the case of this COVID-19 pandemic, a mixture of all of these. When we face significant leadership tests, our leadership is on trial…

Our mission is simply to be a church that is rooted in Christ and loves our neighbors. So, we are constantly helping people dig their roots deeper into prayer, Bible study, their identity in Christ, and biblical community. At the same time, we give them opportunities to love their neighbors through evangelism, service and their daily work. We pray that the motivation for this mission would be found in Jesus...

My life changed when I realized that God is worthy of all my life and worship, and I would never – could never – be strong enough to do it on my own. He is worthy and I am not! He is the answer for that emptiness I started to feel. He will always be the answer for the lack in our life. Simply put, He is enough. What a breath of fresh air that our battles don’t have to be fought on our own power…

It’s inevitable that you will have church members finding themselves in the midst of career transition. Studies show that throughout the past 20 years, more than 280 million workers have changed jobs, and more than 40 million have been laid off or involuntarily terminated. Job loss can have a traumatic effect on individuals and families, leading to questions such as “Why did God let this happen?”…

Is working with teenage girls as scary as you think it is? No … it’s scarier. This current generation of teenage girls faces more pressures in one day than we can even begin to imagine. They are currently walking through record amounts of pressures filled with comparison, heartache, anxiety and identity. I’ve had the immense privilege of working with and serving teenage girls for the last 15 years…

Recently I’ve noticed a common thread permeating the newly released titles in Christian publishing, popular pastor podcasts, conference-speaker keynotes, and the like … the topic of “burnout in ministry.” And why? What might be missing from pastoral training, discipline and ongoing development that has so many who are called abandoning their calling due to burnout?…

These are truly historic times. Sports events are shut down. Schools are closed. Travel is severely limited. And for us as church leaders, church now looks completely different than normal. Many things have changed, and perhaps the biggest change currently is the shift toward the virtual. In this article, I want to share seven lessons that I have learned and I am in the process of learning regarding online ministry…

Prior to my call to ministry, I was a teacher and a basketball coach. I quickly learned that as much as I might have shown my team what to do and how to do it, when we got into the game, they couldn’t do it. My realization was that it didn’t matter if my team knew how to do something, if they didn’t know why they needed to do it. The best teams that I coached understood the why

Alex enters through the front doors of the church across from her neighborhood. She and her 4-year-old son are visiting for the first time, and she is nervous about how she will be received by the ministerial staff and congregation. Her divorce is close to being finalized, and she is deeply hurt and confused about how to move forward. “Will the church receive me?”…

In leading BridgeBuilders, a ministry that serves the most poor, vulnerable and under-resourced residents of our city, we have often mis-stepped in “serving” our neighbors… Through the school of hard knocks and biblical principles, BridgeBuilders has learned three valuable lessons in how to engage our residents in a way that maintains their dignity…