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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Pornography is ravaging the hearts and minds of men and women worldwide. Today, the accessibility to pornographic images is simply a click away. Movie channels, the Internet, and apps such as Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other media platforms provide unfettered access to sexually explicit material.

I have been married to my wife, Hillary, for 15 years and despite the fact that we talk every day, at times we easily have issues with communication.  Either I’m not listening or she’s not sharing or we’ve both made assumptions we think are true or we are on our phones too much or…the list could go on. One thing is obvious; communication is hard to do effectively.  What is true in a marriage is just as true with friends, family, and especially within a work environment.  Churches are no exception…

It was a warm, summer Sunday evening and I, a curious seventeen year-old, snuck into the back of the house of worship as the music began.  A friend had invited me and I had no idea what I was in for. The B-3 hummed, the drummer crashed the cymbals and ignited a thumping groove as around one hundred folks on the platform of every color and age swayed, clapped and sang a thunderous phrase over and over, “Praise, Praise His Name!”

I was asking the question of my publisher’s marketing team, who had come to Dallas for a brainstorming session regarding the subject of the next book I was to write. In all my years of bookmaking, this marked the first time a publisher was asking me to cover a specific topic instead of the other way around. Usually I spend weeks or months crafting sermon material born out of a particular book of the Bible or a concept I sense our congregation needs to master, and then, upon delivering those sermons…

I love being in ministry. Serving the local church, loving people and making disciples are a joy for me. I have discovered an immutable truth: the health of my marriage and the health of my ministry are intrinsically connected. Both are a deep part of who I am and trying to compartmentalize them can be difficult for a number of reasons. Practically speaking, there is no timecard in ministry. Pastoring people rarely takes place on a schedule, leading volunteers demands patience and the pressure to achieve goals and outcomes always looms in the back of my heart (and sometimes the front). This is truer with my family…

Parents have a unique calling placed on their lives. The moment they receive news that they will welcome that bundle of joy into the world, God calls them to serve as the primary spiritual trainers for their child. This high calling is one that comes without experience or training but a wonderful guidebook found in the Bible. And as ministers of the Gospel, pastors have been called to help equip parents for this role. In fact, strengthening the foundation of homes is vital to the overall strength of a church. As families grow together in their spiritual walk, the effect is undeniable in a church. Healthy families help create healthy churches…

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