Communicating God’s Vision

By Dr. Jack Graham

There are countless leadership books being written and published every day, but the greatest leadership book is the Bible. After all, as Christians, we model our leadership and our lives after Jesus and His leadership.…

10 Principles to Lead Right Where You Are

By Jarrett Stephens

I love the Prestonwood Network, and I am always grateful to contribute to it in any way that I can. What I want to share with you today is not rocket science. For many of you, these …

Building Teams that Serve

By Bryan Bailey

Every church seems to have the same problem: No matter what size the church, the needs always feel as though they outweigh the resources. People and money – we never have enough. Yet, somehow, we still have …

Spotlight Interview: Jonah Easley

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us how God called you and your family to plant and pastor in the Seattle area?

Jonah Easley: After living in the Pacific Northwest for two and half years, we

The “Secrets” to 20 Years of Marriage

By Roscoe Lilly

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! How in the world can that be? In some ways, it feels as if it were yesterday that we said, “I do,” and in other ways, …

Why Preaching Still Matters in a Digital World

By Phil Cooke

When I started working in television, preachers and preaching were about the only thing on Christian TV. My first boss in the business, Oral Roberts, was a pioneer because we were producing primetime TV specials with major …

Three Lessons in Stewardship

By Dr. Jack Graham

Now, I am not a certified accountant or a professional investment adviser, but what if I could introduce you to a man who was known as the wisest and wealthiest man of his era – perhaps …

Developing Young Leaders

By Jason Mick

Early in the Spring of 2007 – as a 23-year-old just one year removed from college and working as an IT specialist with IBM – I recall getting my first opportunity to work in a church. I …

Importance of Biblical Worldview

By Dan Panetti

You’re familiar with the term “worldview” – the lens through which you see and understand the world around you. Like bellybuttons, everyone has a worldview … but most people really don’t know what their worldview consists of …

Questions to Consider Before Launching a Spanish Ministry

By Jorge Fraige

The Hispanic population in the United States is growing. As a result, the demographics of communities are changing. If a church is going to be effective in making disciples, then it is vital that the congregation reflects …

Five Blessings That are Formed and Found in Adversity

By Dr. Jack Graham

In 2009, when I was battling cancer, a friend said to me, “Jack, I’m praying for you that you will learn everything you need to learn in the midst of this trial in your life.”…

Prestonwood Pregnancy Center: Saving Lives and Saving Souls

By Leanne Jamieson

It’s a typical day at the Pregnancy Center. The first shift has already arrived; the doors are unlocked, and the rooms have been prepped when a young woman enters the center. Fear covers her like a thick …

Spotlight Interview: James Westbrook

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us how these first couple of years planting and pastoring Realm Church have been?

James Westbrook: We initially hit the ground in summer 2018. We spent much of that time

Creating Daily Habits Over Making Yearly Resolutions

By Jack Raymond

It is a new year, and for many of us, that means it is time to make resolutions. Eat better. Read more. Lose weight. Start a new hobby. All of these are great things, but there is …

Recognizing and Growing the Strength of the Women in Your Church

By Liz Steckel

This past October, I had the opportunity to attend the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn. My team was gifted floor-level tickets among the artists nominated for individual awards. It was surreal to watch men …

Preaching Christmas

By Dr. Jack Graham

It’s hard to believe that we are just about two weeks away from Christmas. We know that your schedules are full of commitments with church members, friends, and family. It is the most wonderful time of …

Comforting Those who are Grieving During the Holidays

By Dr. Charles Hebert

The holiday season looms large for people grieving the death of a loved one, especially those who lost a loved one this past year. Some wish to avoid this season all together, whereas others worry about …

Spotlight Interview: David Pothier

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us how God led you to plant a church in Montreal?

David Pothier: I was a youth pastor for about 10 years, when I had this calling to pastor and

Leading Children and Families to the Manger This Christmas

By Hannah Morris

It is the most wonderful time of year to spend time celebrating our Savior’s birth, but how do you help children and families not to get lost in the over-commercialization of Christmas? It is important to be …

Blessing Your Community This Christmas

By Jonathan Adkins

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Mathew 5:14–16, He called His followers a “light of the world” and said to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give …

What I Learned About God in the Storms of Life

By Dr. Jack Graham

One of the darkest valleys I’ve ever had to walk was when my father was fatally wounded in the parking lot of his hardware store back in the summer of 1970.

A shoplifter came in and …

Strategic Leadership

By Jeff Young

Leaders are frequently described as visionary, relational, intuitive and/or strategic. It’s easy to grasp the benefits of a visionary leader who can see what can be, to instill belief in others. That fires us up! Clearly, leaders …

Spotlight Interview: Heiden Ratner

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: WALK Church just recently celebrated its 4 Year Anniversary in a very difficult city (Las Vegas), can you share with us how God has worked these past four years (and more) to use WALK …

Cultivating Your Time: Making Your Days Count

By Jonathan Teague

 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” —Psalm 90:12

The Scripture tells us that Psalm 90 is a psalm of Moses. This is interesting to note given all that …

How to Appreciate Your Leaders

By Matt Rucker

Last month (October) was Pastor Appreciation Month, and just as we should be appreciating our pastors every month, we also need to appreciate our lay pastors, teachers and ministers of the Gospel. They are our nursery workers, …

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 …

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