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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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought fear, chaos, grief and isolation into our lives in a way many of us have never experienced. Every day, I hear about strained marriages, lonely seniors, anxious students, despairing business owners and grieving families who’ve lost someone to the virus. Many people are experiencing intense depression and anxiety right now…

Perhaps you are familiar with this quote from an unknown author: “If you think missing me is hard, you should try missing you.” This sounds like something the A.A. Milne character Eeyore would say, doesn’t it? One of our sweet senior adults at Prestonwood Baptist Church stated after just a few weeks of isolation due to COVID-19, “I’m getting tired of me.” Yet another possible “Eeyore-ism.”…

When the pew meets the pavement, what does it look like for your church to engage in outreach, missions and the work of serving others well? Sadly, even with our best efforts to reach all people with the message of God’s love, there is a large and unreached people group right in our own backyard. As we seek to share the Gospel and to expand the kingdom, the Church must not ignore…

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...

American educator John Milton Gregory is quoted as saying, “Many teachers go to their work either partly prepared or wholly unprepared. They are like messengers without a message. They lack entirely the power and enthusiasm necessary to produce the fruits which we have a right to look for from their efforts.” Training Bible teachers is an effort paramount to the responsibility pastors…

If we had been given even a 15-second glimpse last year of what we’re experiencing now – walking through a grocery store, boarding a flight, or even attending a church service – it’s hard to imagine what we would have thought. There’s no doubt 2020 has brought about epic amounts of change. And, regardless of where your political or scientific inclinations lie, we have all felt a disruption to our way of life…

I have learned the importance of clarity in my leadership. While very different in their respective directions during COVID-19, I think the one thing that both John MacArthur and Andy Stanley got really right was clarityI have learned that Christians do not have conviction about Sunday worship gatherings as being essential. This is something I want to start building into people through discipleship…

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…