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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Sheep can be grazing right in the middle of the most pristine plot of pasture, and then forsake that fertile ground in hopes of finding something better. Determined to get to that “greener grass,” they’ll wander away from their flock, their shepherd, and their security. Often it happens gradually, as they munch just a clump of grass at a time. One little lamb lingers longer at lunch, and before you know it….

Do you find it difficult to pray? Do you feel guilty about not praying more?  Maybe you don’t know where to start. Maybe you know lots of templates and acrostics on “how” to pray, but at the end of the day, there really isn’t a lot of praying going on. Here is what I want to encourage you to do as you head into the fall. Start with praying about what matters most to you…

Organizing all the areas of our lives can make a positive difference, even in our personal lives. One of the benefits of living an organized life is that we are better able to see gaps in the lifestyle we aspire to. I try to make a habit each day to read. Reading is fun, but if I do not have a plan and goals for selecting books I am reading, what time of day I am reading, and how long I am reading…

Through the years, a few lead pastors have asked me, “What would you want me to know when it comes to leading creatives in our worship and arts ministry?” Or they will say, “Michael, you’ve got to help me know how to lead our worship and creative folks; I just don’t get them!”  Having walked the adventurous road of serving high-level, high-octane, visionary senior leaders for more than 20 years, I can say…

Summer 2018 we moved with just over 40 people to Lawrence, Kansas. We started meeting together on Sunday nights at a local church that was generous to share their space before our kickoff. Then on August 23 (for Salt Company, our college ministry) and August 26 (for Story Hill), we kicked off our ministry efforts to reach the city and campus of Lawrence for Christ. 

The most important decision made at a church is not what but who. The process of hiring staff at a church is paramount to its health and well-being. Churches should not just “hire” staff but should prayerfully bring on ministers who are called by God to join a staff team and a church body. Hiring the wrong person will not only cost the church financially, but it will also cause chaos and dysfunction…

When I trusted Jesus, I was one of the people who would say, I love Jesus, but I don’t love the Church. The Church seemed like a bad idea. I thought things like, “Certainly there are better ways to reach the world than ‘that’ (i.e., what I saw in the Church).” As I grew in my faith, with mentors and a greater understanding of God’s Word, I learned that the Church is God’s “Plan A” for reaching the world…

There are many important spiritual choices we must make in life. I can’t think of a more needed choice than choosing courage over fear. Courage is one of the most valued of all virtues. We long for strength to stand with hearts abandoned and lives given over to Christ. Being spiritually courageous means having conviction and an uncompromising commitment to the Word of God…

Lance Witt, in his excellent book Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul, writes: “Godly leadership is always inside out. God always has and always will choose to smile on men and women who are healthy, holy, and humble … a pastor’s greatest leadership tool is a healthy soul.” And while most leaders would agree that these principles are true, it takes intentionality and focus not only to become emotionally…

Behind every face on television, every voice on the radio, every giant in business or politics, there is a story. There are roots. They weren’t just born shining stars—they had to get into the sky first. As the cliché goes, “You’ve got to start somewhere!” But what’s most interesting to me is how much someone changes—or doesn’t—when he or she reaches even a little success.