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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Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), school systems and private schools throughout the country have had to adopt new modes of learning. While some chose to open and provide options for on-site or online learning, others delayed opening, choosing online learning to kick off the year. And while technology certainly has its merits, it is not without its pitfalls…

We started as a group of nine people in my living room. Now, we have grown to more than 1,500 people in weekly attendance, and we have seen great life-change. We have seen more than 800 people baptized. The Lord has been working in a tremendous way, and all the glory goes completely to Him. As a church, we believe that the Lord is truly just getting started…

I can remember it as if it were yesterday. I had just left work, and as I pulled into my apartment complex, I noticed some teenagers playing basketball. I decided this would be a great way to get to know my neighbors, so I parked my car and went over to play with this group of kids. After a few games, it was time to go home; yet as I was leaving, I felt compelled and convicted to talk to them about Jesus…

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…

Remember when God called you to be a pastor, and you said yes? From the first day you became a pastor, you learned that one of the duties that would occupy the largest share of your time would be shepherding His flock. Shepherding God’s flock in the Church is called pastoral care. The rigors of effective “pastoral care” or “shepherding” help a pastor/shepherd understand…

Ministry leaders, Psalm 48:13–14 instructs us to walk in the presence of God so that we may tell the next generation that God is their eternal guide. Whatever generation you may identify with, Generation Z (Gen Z) is the next generation we must reach. Many are misled and misguided, and we have to point them to a God who wants to guide them forever…

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.”…

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…

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…