Spotlight Interview: Scott Lehr

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us God’s call on your life to be a church planter, and specifically to plant in the Raleigh, N.C., area?

Scott Lehr: When I trusted Jesus, I was one of

Finding Restoration in the Good Shepherd

By Dr. Jack Graham

Psalm 23:1–3 (ESV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of

Hiring Ministerial Positions

By Mike Buster

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 …

Pray What’s In You

By Roscoe Lilly

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 …

Being An Organized Leader

By Ryan Irwin

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. —1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

This text has always challenged me to consider the ways that Satan can have a …

Choosing Courage over Fear

By Dr. Jack Graham

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 …

Four Thoughts on Leading Creative Leaders

By Michael Neale

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 …

Spotlight Interview: Aaron Rodgers

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Story Hill Church just launched about a year ago. Can you tell us about the launch and how things are going currently?

Aaron Rodgers: Summer 2018 we moved with just over 40 people to

Three Characteristics of a Church Planter

By Heiden Ratner

Church planting is a not a young man’s sport, nor an old man’s sport. It’s a healthy man’s sport. However, with all the hustle and bustle that goes into starting a new church, one can easily get …

The Main Thing

By Jonah Easley

Awakening Church will turn 1 year old on September 30, 2019. We often reflect on all God has done within the past several months. In His faithfulness and our pursuit of Him, we are learning much during …

Has Success Changed You?

By Dr. Jack Graham

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. …

Being an Encouraging Leader

By Neal Jeffrey

I think all of us would say that Jesus has made a difference in our lives. I think we would also say, “I want to make a difference in the lives of others.” That is why we …

A Formula for Multiplying Small Groups

By Dr. Jason Snyder

A few years ago, I received a coffee mug as a gift, and on that mug were the words, “Arthur Flake is my Homeboy,” and a picture of the church ministry icon, Arthur Flake.

Flake was …

Spotlight Interview: Roscoe Lilly

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: You serve in one of the most unreached parts of the country. How responsive is the culture to the Gospel? What challenges are unique to where you serve?

Roscoe Lilly: According to Barna, Albany

Preach like a Church Planter

By Peyton Hill

I love good preaching. Yes, as a pastor, that means I love to preach, but I also really enjoy listening to solid, Christ-centered exposition while cutting my grass or driving to the hospital for a visit with …

How to Find Peace When You’re Feeling under Pressure

By Dr. Jack Graham

Why are people so stressed these days?

No doubt you’d roll your eyes at that question. After all, for most of us, stress is just as much a part of life as waking up every day.…

Getting on the Crossroad

By Dr. Jack Graham

I firmly believe it’s time for men to step up to the unique challenges facing our world today.

We are facing profound moral, ethical, domestic and international issues that mark a culture in need of answers …

The Millennial Opportunity

By Jonathan Teague

Few subjects today occupy more attention and debate in our culture than the millennial generation. Generally, these are adults who were born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. In terms of population, millennials are the …

Spotlight Interview: Kason Branch

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Creekstone Church just recently celebrated its three-year anniversary. What is the biggest lesson that God has taught you over these past few years?

Kason Branch: God is teaching me to be faithful over my

Finishing the Great Commission

By Mike Beeson

A common conversation topic among my close friends and coworkers is the Great Commission…and specifically, finishing the Great Commission. It’s always fun to ponder the topic and dream of the day when Christ returns!

First let’s talk …

Preaching Father’s Day

By Dr. Jack Graham

Father’s Day is a special time to honor and celebrate fathers. As you prepare to preach this coming Father’s Day, encourage the men in your church to step up into Biblical fatherhood calling them to lead …

Summer Camp: A Platform for Changed Lives

By Jason Mick

Summer is here, and student ministries across the country have been preparing year-round for this special week: summer camp! God moves powerfully in the lives of students at camp and, for many, camp will be a lifelong …

Vacation Bible School: Telling Kids about Jesus

By Diana Pendley

Vacation Bible School (VBS) … Adventure Week … Summer Blast … Sports Camp … Creative Arts Camp … Backyard Bible Club … Whatever you want to call it, VBS is still one of the most effective outreaches …

Spotlight Interview: Curtis Cook

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: As the “godfather” of church planting, what are the three most important things that you have learned as a planter?

Curtis Cook: I have often thought of these three things as being essential: work

Leadership Development Can Change Your Church

By Dustin Turner

Few things in ministry are more obvious than leadership development, yet little energy, resources or strategy are often given to it. Many pastors and ministry leaders talk about leadership development, but few prioritize it. While countless reasons …

Preaching Mother’s Day

By Dr. Jack Graham

Mother’s Day is a special time to honor and celebrate mothers and their sacrifices to raise godly children. As you prepare to highlight mothers this weekend, remember that the greatest blessing that you can give mothers …

Ten Ways to Pray for our High School Graduates

By Dr. Jack Graham

It’s graduation season in America. Did you know that in the next few weeks, an estimated 3.6 million high school students will walk across the stage to collect their diplomas? It’s a time of celebration, but …

Our Focus Determines Our Finish

By Jarrett Stephens

All of us want to finish strong. All of us desire to finish well. I’ve not met one person who has ever said, “You know what, I want to live for Jesus all my life and then …

Spotlight Interview: Keith Baldridge

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us how God led you and your family to plant a church in the Denver area?

Keith Baldridge: A few years ago my wife and I began praying relentlessly for

Using Theology to Answer Societal Questions

By Canaan Chapman

Those who are spiritually-minded must ask themselves at some point, “What does this mean for me?” You can’t open God’s Word, spend time studying it, or listen to a sermon and leave with no convictions. Hebrews 4:12 …

Preaching Easter

By Dr. Jack Graham

Easter is almost here. We know that sermon preparation especially for Easter can be challenging physically, mentally, and even spiritually. Thus, we want to provide several sermons from Dr Graham to resource you and to aid …

The Hope of Easter

By Dr. Jack Graham

After the soul-warming reconciliation with Peter, the proof-of-life presentation to Thomas, and the amazing encounter with the disheartened followers on the Road to Emmaus, it was time for Jesus to return to His rightful place at …

Closing Easter’s Back Door

By Jeff Young

Think about it … you do a lot to prepare for Easter Weekend: the extra time in prayer, creatively designing a Worship Service, ensuring that your childcare, first impressions, media and communication teams are on track— when …

Introducing Breath & Clay from The Prestonwood Choir

by Brian Taylor

From the beginning, you and I have been precious to God. Genesis 2:7 says, “… the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and …

Reaching Your Community This Easter

By Keith Baldridge

Typically, Easter Sunday is not a day we would normally associate with a major outreach event. I say this because for most of my life, Easter has been all about wearing the newest spring clothes, attending church …

Spotlight Interview: Josh Carter

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: How did God lead you and your family to Portland, Ore., to plant Remedy City Church?

Josh Carter: God led our family to Portland almost four and a half years ago to join His

Words Display Who We Are

By Dr. Jack Graham

Our words reveal the true character and the spiritual maturity of our life.

Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Further, Jesus said in Matthew 15:17, “…

It’s All His

By Ron Kelley

Many believe that money and our faith—even the mere discussion of them—are two things that do not mix well. The perception is that money leads the believer to spiritual destruction. As with any subject matter, we must …

Just Say What the Bible Says

By Nick Floyd

Every pastor deals with a certain reality every single week. I’ve heard it referenced as the “relentless return of Sunday.” You preach your heart out, pour yourself empty, and exhaust yourself physically and emotionally only to wake …

Spotlight Interview: Jeff Belcher

Prestonwood Network: How did God call you and your family to the Baltimore area to plant Church of the Harbor?

Jeff Belcher: I began leading worship while I was in college, and ended up serving as worship pastor at a

Accountability with your Time

By Heiden Ratner

When it comes to church planting, the old saying is true, “Time is of the essence.” One thing a person can never get back is his or her time. Every second, minute and hour is a gift …

Strengths In Times Of Weakness

By Dr. Jack Graham

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:8).

It is often in the very toughest of times and trials that God brings …

Intentionally Dating Your Spouse

By Shawn Callander

Take a moment to reflect on when you and your spouse first started dating. Those were exciting days, weren’t they? Most likely as you began to date, every Friday or Saturday was filled with a new adventure …

Spotlight Interview: Rob Wilton

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Share with us about your time at Vintage Church in New Orleans and God’s call to plant a church in Pittsburg.

Rob Wilton: In 2008, we launched Vintage Church in my home. God was

Choosing The Best Curriculum

By Matt Mullins

In a market overflowing with adult small-group curriculum options, how do you make your choice? Let’s consider three ideas that might help hone your curriculum search.

Good questions build healthy small groups.

Virtues Make The Best Valentines

By Dr. David McKinley

Valentine’s Day is near, and the scramble is on for flowers, gifts, cards and, of course, chocolates. Charles Shultz once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts.” Can …

The Cure for Conflict

By Dr. Jack Graham

James, ever pragmatic, ever personal, speaks to us in chapter 4 of his book about a problem we all face. It’s the problem of conflicts and how to resolve them.

Some of us remember the fears …

Coming to Life

By Jarrett Stephens

It’s been said that “man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.” Ezekiel is a passage all about hope. …

Spotlight Interview: Steven Lee

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Share with us about your call to ministry and to church planting.

Steven Lee: God graciously saved me in the 10th grade and gave me a passion to share with everyone who I

Four Lessons As A New Pastor

By Brad Lewter

I am not at all an expert on the pastorate. I have been in full-time vocational ministry for 18 years and have been a lead pastor for five of those. I write this knowing that I have …

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