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Father's Day

There’s so much talk today about what it takes to be a man. Gender roles in our culture are probably more confused today than they ever have been. And in this environment, it’s sometimes hard to know what being a man is all about.

Preaching the Person of Jesus

There is no greater subject to preach than the person of Jesus Christ.  As pastors, ultimately all of our sermons should point to him and help our congregations know and understand his person and his work better. When considering how to preach this important doctrine, we must emphasize three essentials regarding Jesus.

Seven Books Worship Pastors Need To Read

Here are seven great books to get you started. But what are the next lot? What have we missed? What books have changed the way you live and lead?

Estate Planning

Several years ago, a study found 70% of all Americans do not have a valid estate plan. For those among the 70%, the reality involves the government and judges – who have never met us and do not know our hearts’ desires – making critical decision regarding the assets we leave behind.

Campaign for Purity

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.

Communication in a Multisite Church

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.

A View on Choirs in Worship

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!”

Men's Conference 2017

Make plans now to join thousands of men from across North Texas for impactful worship, engaging fellowship, and dynamic speaking at the 2017 Men’s Conference at Prestonwood. Hear challenging, engaging and relevant messages from gifted and dynamic speakers with a heart for equipping and empowering men…

Preaching Source

Have you ever felt that your sermon could use some assistance?  This is a tough feeling.  After all the people closest to us, family and church members, are often not in the best position to offer substantial help.  You may feel like you need an outside consultant to help.  Here is a network resource to do just that…

Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters

It is a whisper-thin veil that separates the natural from the supernatural, meaning divine activity is all around us. The issue at hand is whether we will have eyes to see it and hearts eager to receive the assistance that God through his mystical messengers longs to provide…

An Immutable Truth: The Health of Marriage and Ministry Intrinsically Connected

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…

Family Discipleship: Equipping Parents to Build the Next Generation

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…

Three Father's Day Sermons

Father’s day is around the corner and this gives us an opportunity to speak specifically to the men and to the dads about what it means to live a legacy. So many people talk about leaving a legacy, but I believe the emphasis of Scripture is living a legacy. God has given fathers great responsibility to lead their families in way that shows Christ in their life, ultimately impacting their children’s life…

A Call to Moral Purity

As men of God, we are called to a high standard of conduct that demands far more of us, and is so much more rewarding and fulfilling, than just avoiding the so-called big sins. One concern I have for us as Christian men is that we not fall into the trap of “dumbing down” our commitment, especially in the area of sex, to the point that we justify our secret lusts and sins to ourselves because we aren’t acting them out. It’s easy to settle for less than holiness in this area of sexual purity, but nothing less than holiness will please God…

Importance of Community Outreach

What is your church’s growth strategy? Do you have one? Unfortunately, for some church leaders, by default the strategy becomes “We hope we get some visitors this week.” As church leaders, in many ways, the growth of our church is contingent upon our outreach outside the church walls. The church is called upon to meet needs in its community and express God’s love in ways that open doors to share the Good News of the Gospel…

Preaching Sources

As a preacher, you are constantly trying to improve your craft. Your goal is to be an effective preacher and communicator in order to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. You spend countless hours studying Scripture, developing main points for your message, and practicing the delivery of your message—praying that the words would resonate with the congregation….

The Why of Camp

Successful, life-impacting camps don’t “just happen.” Details, phone calls, scheduling, paperwork, booking, and other logistical matters have to be addressed each year before we begin to promote our summer camp. However, it would be to our benefit to begin our planning by not focusing on the band and speaker, but to stop and reflect on the main factors of a God-honoring camp….

Influencers Who Refuse To Be Influenced

History bears testimony to an ebb-and-flow relationship between man and God, which impacts not just the human heart, but also entire communities, churches, cities, countries, and even continents. For instance, there was a time when Europe was an utterly pagan place. But then a wave of missionaries and evangelists brought with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the message of grace and acceptance and love, and Christianity swept beautifully across the land…

Being Fit For Life: Living For What Matters Most

You may remember a time when our nation’s obsession with fitness was considered a craze, just a fad. The media even used the term fitness craze to describe what was then a new trend in terms of people’s awareness about the importance of being fit and their determination to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Well, I think you’ll agree with me that America’s obsession with fitness is more than a passing fad…

Lies People Believe About Managing Their Time

Time management is one of the most neglected disciplines when it comes to the ministry. Very few classes in seminary teach it; it isn’t modeled well in most internships; and the assumption is you either have the skill or you don’t. However, just like all personal disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, Scripture memorization, meditation, etc.)…

Why Genre Matters In Preaching

Preaching a sermon demands a lot of thought. There is the exegesis of the text, which demands quite a bit of time and energy. Then there is the exegesis of the audience. How will the listener receive what God has said? In all of this, who has time to consider the genre in which the text was written? This is where Willie Nelson helps us…

God Gives Us Purpose

The familiar Bible story of David and Goliath is taught to children and preached from pulpits on a regular basis. The young shepherd boy David is applauded for his courage. The story is more than a children’s story, and it’s more than a story of a great fight between a young shepherd boy and the giant Goliath. It’s the story about a clash of the titans of good and evil. It’s a powerful picture of our own battles and the promise that we have for victory in Jesus Christ.

How To Handle A Crisis

Kathleen and I consider Pastor Graham and his wife Deb close friends and I admire his ministry and his leadership a great deal.  Even though Jack’s ministry career is an example of remarkable integrity and credibility, one of the most fascinating aspects of his skill as a leader is how he handles a crisis, and I’ve been fortunate to see that leadership up close and in action.  As a result of watching him lead through challenging situations, here’s 3 important lessons I’ve learned…

Three Christmas Series Ideas

Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That’s a good thing. Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing for Christ, but there is often a disconnect between aspiration and action. Many Christians are aspirational witnessers – always feeling good about wanting to share Christ. It is our experience that many Christians can be helped along the way, and that getting them started helps them keep going.

Meet Dr. Steven Smith

It’s a privilege to be able to introduce Dr. Steven Smith as the newest member of the Prestonwood Network team. For some time now, Pastor Jack Graham and Dr. Smith have been in discussion about ways to enhance the network’s vision to equip and encourage pastors. Dr. Smith currently serves as Vice President for Student Services and Communications and Professor of Communication at Southwestern Baptist…

Three Christmas Series Ideas

As a pastor, preparation for a Christmas sermon or series can be a daunting task. It’s prime time to share the message of Good News. Every year the Christmas season provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of the Gospel than any other season. Pastors must find the balance between sharing…

Christmas Sermon Strategies: An Interview With Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham recently sat down with us to discuss the importance of preaching during the Christmas season. Watch this informative and poignant interview to hear some of Pastor Graham’s favorite ways to preach one of the most familiar and important biblical stories in a fresh and creative way.

Preaching the Christ at Christmas

The irony of the Christmas season is that Christ gets pushed out. That’s clear enough. It’s an observation that’s good to make to our people when we preach as we refocus their attention on the manger not the mall. But a little honesty forces me to admit that I often leave out the “real meaning of Christmas” in my preaching. Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to get creative at Christmas…

God Gives Us Protection

The widespread terrorist attacks that killed at least 127 people across Paris left France, and the watching world, reeling in shock and horror, making for one of the darkest days in Europe’s recent history. When we hear about evil acts and bizarre behaviors of individuals who did whatever made them newsworthy, whether they bombed a sporting arena, walked onto a college campus and started shooting innocent…

God Gives Us Perspective

The American Dream has been dramatized and glamorized by the most creative of people. We all love to hear the stories of immigrants who came to our great nation and found unlimited opportunities for growth. Then there is the person who was born into poverty but worked hard and prospered greatly. I like to hear about people who had the courage and strength to take a risk…

The North Texas Presidential Forum

The North Texas Presidential Forum, hosted by Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church, drew six presidential candidates, more than 6,000 people in attendance and more than 16,000 live streaming on the church website. You may view the entire four-hour forum, which took place at Prestonwood on Sunday, Oct. 18, here.

Accountability in Ministry

I recently finished reading 1 & 2 Samuel and, as always, I was struck by the life of David, the young shepherd boy who became the king of Israel. The same David who wrote Psalms and who was known as a man after God’s own heart. However, for all the great things done in and through David’s life…

The Sanctity of Human Life

In the late 1980s, eighteen-month-old Jessica McClure fell into a twenty-two-foot well in the backyard of a West Texas home, sparking a nationwide media frenzy centered for more than fifty hours on freeing “Baby Jessica.” But the well was only eight inches in diameter; how were rescue workers supposed to get her out?

3 Sermons On The Sanctity Of Life

With the recent release of several videos showing the horrific truth about Planned Parenthood and its practice of harvesting and selling baby parts, it is fitting that we preach on the sanctity of life. As pastors, we must protect the unborn by taking a stand against abortion and bringing the issue to the forefront of the Church.

Millennials and Church Membership

Ahh, Millennials… Church leaders are trying their best to figure out how to reach this segment of the population that reached adulthood around the year 2000. Once reached, though, Millennials are still far from commitment. Many Millennials select the parts of church membership in which they’d like to participate while leaving the other parts behind…

Shutting the Back Door: How to Retain Visitors

“We receive many visitors every week, but not many of them stay.” One struggle that many churches face is an inability to retain visitors. If this describes your church, then be encouraged, because there are steps you can take to help reverse this trend. One of the most…

Pillars of a Healthy Small Group

One of the most vital Great Commission ministries for any church is the small-group ministry. At Prestonwood we employ a “Sunday School” model we call Bible Fellowship. Our classes meet after Worship Service on Saturdays and before Worship Services on Sundays. This enables our members to move from worship…

SCOTUS Decision on Gay Marriage

This past week, the family once again came under attack in America. This is an old fight dating back to the Garden of Eden when Satan seduced the first family with lies and deception.

Every Man’s Battle, And How To Win

It has been my experience through four decades in pastoral ministry that every church is only as strong as its men – as strong as their faith, their ingenuity, their confidence, their resolve, their commitment to walking in their ways and will of God.

Four Father's Day Sermons

If revival is to come to the church, and if the Good News of Jesus Christ is to spread to the nations, it will be because men became godly and began living their faith with passion and integrity. I firmly believe it is time for men to step up to the challenges of the 21st century.

Finding Meaning In Your Evening

Isn’t it interesting how our routine is perfectly designed to get the results we are currently getting? If we don’t like the results, we simply need to change our routines. We already have a routine in these areas and a few small changes could create dramatic results. Today, I want…

What I Believe About Preaching

Many things have changed since I became a preacher. The one thing that hasn’t changed is my commitment to boldly proclaim the powerful, life-changing news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am convinced that there is no greater time than right now for strong men of God to…

National Day of Prayer 2015

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne. The theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our…

Leaving An Inheritance

Whenever my mother makes a significant purchase, one of her children jokes, “There goes our inheritance!” Although stated in jest, in many families, the subject of inheritance is a big issue. Some children think their parents owe them something. Many older parents do without because they fell obligated to leave…

4 Key Characteristics Of A Disciple

We are commanded to “make disciples.” Have you ever wondered what exactly is a disciple? We can’t know if we have made someone a disciple, if we don’t know what a disciple is. Very simply the term disciple means a learner. However, we know from looking at the New Testament…

The Most Misunderstood Role In Ministry: The Executive Pastor

After decades working with churches around the world, I’ve discovered one of the most difficult challenges pastors face is finding the right “Executive Pastor.”  Smaller churches don’t usually need one, but as churches grow, a leader in that role becomes more and more important.  But in a significant number of…

Epic Easter

Easter is when we celebrate the greatest comeback in history. It’s the greatest story ever told. It’s an epic day! Why? Because Jesus conquered death for us and we celebrate the miraculous event of His Resurrection! He is risen! He is risen indeed! What is more exciting than declaring the…

10 Suggestions On How To Recruit And Retain Volunteers

It doesn’t take long in any ministry to realize that you can’t do everything yourself. It’s impossible. The key to success in ministry then is recruiting leaders and volunteers. But the recruitment phase is just step one. More important than recruiting members of your church to serve in different…

Church Partner Interview: Dr. Ken Shaddox, Park Hills Baptist Church – Little Rock, A.R.

Dr. Ken Shaddox is the Lead Pastor of Park Hills Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Listen to the video below to learn how Dr. Shaddox has partnered with the Prestonwood Network and Church Planter, Andy Brown from The Landing Church in Seattle, WA. For more information about Park Hills Baptist Church…

Church Planter Interview: Andy Brown, The Landing Church – Seattle, W.A.

One of the key strategies to Planter-Partner relationships that the Prestonwood Network strives to build is to have partner churches come alongside church planters and offer support. Partner churches do not have the singular role of providing financial support but can also support a church plant by involving its…

Lessons Learned through Church Planting

Since we began our church plant three years ago, I have kept a running list of things I’ve learned throughout the process. I keep this in my notes in my iPhone and just add to it as things come up. Take off your pastor’s hat until people give you that…

NAMB-Prestonwood Network: Student Missionary Internship

Through our partnership with the North American Mission Board, the Prestonwood Student Ministry has given our high school and college students the opportunity to not only serve here at home, but also to serve nationwide as summer missionary interns with NAMB Send Cities and Prestonwood Network partner churches, church…

Resurrection, Promise and Power

The Great spiritual song Were you There? Asks this question: Were you there when He rose up from the dead? That is a thought provoking question. Of course, it seems impossible. We, living 2000 years later, wish we had been there. To have witnessed the resurrection would have been the…

Church Planting from a Layman's Perspective

I will be the first to admit—I am far from an expert on church planting and the role that laypeople can play in that mission, which is perhaps not the best way to start an article on the subject. That said, I have been blessed to have served in…

Challenges Planters Face: Leading Lost Volunteers

One of the greatest challenges that a church planter faces is the ability to recruit and train volunteers that can effectively carry out the mission of making disciples. Because this is the role of the local church as mandated by Jesus himself, the making of disciples is the end…

Prestonwood Men’s Conference 2014

Make plans now to join thousands of men from across North Texas for impactful worship, engaging fellowship and dynamic speaking at the 2014 Men’s Conference at Prestonwood. Hear challenging, engaging and relevant messages from gifted and dynamic speakers with a heart for equipping and empowering men. Men’s Conference 2014 from…

Seven Easter Sermons

As a pastor, preparation for an Easter sermon can be a daunting task. It’s an epic Sunday and every year provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of the Gospel, than any other Sunday. Pastors tend to feel the need to be different, innovative,…

Spiritual Warfare: An Interview With Pastor Jack Graham

The world is more interested in darkness and evil than ever before. Culture seems to trivialize the darkness and treat it as superstition rather than the supernatural. We sat down recently with Pastor Jack Graham to ask him of the importance of spiritual warfare in the life of a…

Remembering Widows

Valentine’s Day is a very special day to remember the one that you love. For our widows in our church, this day was always a dreaded day for them. It was a day filled with great memories and tears of days gone by with the second love of their…

Leaders Beware

A couple of Sundays ago after church, I was talking to my daughter Ava, and the topic of Satan came up. She informed me that Satan was the most beautiful of all of God’s creation. She said he was a worship leader in heaven. She even knew what kind…

Why Give A Public Invitation?

Christians of all generations have done it differently. But the invitation needs, in some way, to compel and invite people to take a public stance for Christ. We sat down recently with Pastor Jack Graham to ask him why public invitations are vital. Watch this informative and practical interview…

Confronting Criticism: When Leaders Are Criticized

Leaders will be criticized. There is no denying this fact. The question is how do we deal with it in a healthy way? I remember some of the first times I faced criticism in ministry and thought things such as “I just want to reach people for Jesus” or “I…

Church Planter Interview: Jeff Phillips, The Crossing Church – Vancouver, BC

With 2.5 million people in Vancouver, and more people per square foot in downtown Vancouver than any other city in North America, it can be difficult to plant a church. That it is why it is vital to have a love and a calling to a city before beginning…

Be Faithful: An Interview With Pastor Jack Graham

We sat down recently with Pastor Jack Graham to ask his advice on how to be faithful, stay the course, and be satisfied for the longevity of ministry. Watch this revealing and instructional interview to hear how Pastor Graham stays faithful and never sacrifices work for the Lord, with…

Dealing with Debt: How Church Members Can Become Better Stewards

As pastors, we are well aware that many of our members struggle with issues concerning debt. A century ago, debt was regarded as an earned privilege for a few.  But today, debt is viewed as a right for all and borrowing is an integral part of our lives.  There…

Sending Mission Teams: Commitment and Discipleship Through Mission

The Prestonwood Young Singles Ministry has been sending mission teams to Boston for over seven years to serve alongside Hope Fellowship Church.  Through the years we have poured time, effort, money, and manpower into the Greater Boston area.  That outpouring from Prestonwood to Hope Fellowship has shaped and continues…

Christmas Sermon Strategies: An Interview with Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham recently sat down with us to discuss the importance of preaching during the Christmas season. Watch this informative and poignant interview to hear some of Pastor Graham’s favorite ways to preach one of the most familiar and important biblical stories in a fresh and creative way…

Three Ideas for a Christmas Series

As a pastor, preparation for a Christmas sermon or series can be a daunting task. It’s prime time to share the message of Good News. Every year the Christmas season provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of the Gospel than any other season….

The Gospel and Local Culture: A Message from Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham is one of 45 Protestant leaders from America selected by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to participate in the second China-USA Protestant Church Leaders Forum in Shanghai. He is in China through Nov. 24, speaking to 45 Chinese Protestant leaders on “Gospel and Local Culture.” The…

Utilizing Mission Teams: A Costly Yet Beneficial Kingdom Investment

If you talk with church planters about mission teams, you will often get mixed feedback. Some planters love them and are eager to use them, and others try to avoid them at all costs. During our church’s 10-year history, we have had approximately 90 teams serve with us, and…

How To Lead: Leading Those Who Are Older, More Experienced, And More Influential

If you are anything like me, there is a phrase you hear more consistently than any other, “You’re the minister? You’re really young!” And if you are anything like me then you must stop yourself from any number of sarcastic replies. But, in fact, I am really young and…

Sermon Preparation

As a preacher you are given the opportunity to preach the Gospel every week. Therefore, you should always be preparing for your next sermon and thinking about it. Sermon preparation is not just when you sit down and start writing. Now, there is…

Fall Festival: How to Plan a Halloween Alternative

Fall Festival is one of the top three large-family outreach events that Prestonwood hosts each year, and it always takes place October 31. But just like you, we didn’t want just another event. Fall Festival at Prestonwood began 21 years ago. Pastor Jack Graham’s strategic decision to…

Why Serve? Five Reasons for Gospel Service

This weekend Southbridge Fellowship in Raliegh, NC will send out people from our church all over our community to demonstrate the love of Christ. We will serve our city in different ways, from the local elementary school, to the fire-department, rescue mission, strategic partner ministries…

Navigate Contractual Waters

In Matthew 10:16, Jesus warned his disciples He would send them out as sheep among wolves and instructed them to be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.  The principle found in this instruction is applicable to the Church today as it…

Lord, Do it Again!

Revival has been defined as a new beginning of obedience to God. It’s never too late for a new beginning. Many of us are convinced that revival is not going to happen again in our lifetime, but we should never underestimate God in…

Mass Evangelism: Ten Reasons Why It's Still Relevant

This fall, Prestonwood Baptist Church is participating in two opportunities that many would classify as “mass evangelism” events.  The first is Harvest America with Greg Laurie on Sunday evening, Sept. 29, and the other is My Hope America with Billy Graham in the second…

Church Planting: Six Biblical Outcomes

Planting churches is not only the biblical paradigm for missions and fulfills God’s purpose for the church, but there are also many key biblical outcomes of planting new churches.  We are not to simply go about planting churches for the sake of something new.  We are to…

Unseen: Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell and Winning the Battle for Eternity

Behind every win and every loss, beneath every success and every failure, spiritual forces are at work. When Dr. Jack Graham’s father was brutally attacked, it became clear that invisible forces of evil were involved. He realized he needed to take…

A Planter’s Prayer for a City: A Model for Prayer Walking Your Community

When it comes to planting a church in a hard place, my family and I have been given a tough assignment by God. We take this both as a challenge and see it as an honor that He would call us to such…

We've Got Your Back: A Creative Way to Serve a Local School

Vintage Church is one church in multiple locations. A part of our DNA is to unite all campuses once a month in one location. Over the last couple of months we have been gathering at Langston Hughes Academy. This is a thriving…

Reaching Your High School: Is Your Student Ministry Ready for the Fall?

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and students are heading back to school. Our summers in the student ministry have been filled with camps, mission trips, hangouts and tons of crazy memories with students. Really it’s like…

Summertime Giving

Summertime in most churches is the busiest and most fruitful time as ministry opportunities are heightened. Through student camps, children’s camps, sports camps, Vacation Bible School and mission trips, we are advancing the mission of the church and sharing the Gospel. However, while church expenses rise, tithes and offerings seldom…

Starting a Prayer Movement

I can think of fewer things more vital to the growth and advancement of the church than heart-felt, spirit-driven intercession. Yet I can think of few things more neglected, put off, or undervalued in the life of the church than prayer. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the…

An Interview with Pastor Jack Graham: The Pastor and Preaching

Pastor Jack Graham sat down with us recently to address the importance of preaching in life of a pastor. Watch this informative and poignant interview.

6 Mother's Day Sermons

We read the stories of women of faith throughout Scripture. Women like Jochebed, the mother of Moses, whose love and sacrifice ultimately helped deliver a nation, or Miriam the sister of Moses who led the children of Israel in praise, having crossed over, dry shod, through the Red Sea. We…

Honoring Moms

Mother’s Day is coming soon—Sunday, May 12. Are you making plans to honor the moms in your congregation? Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women. The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say…

Responding to Terror: How is a Pastor to Respond?

A few weeks ago our city was deeply shaken by the Boston Marathon bombing and the events in its aftermath. A few in our city lost their lives; many were physically injured, and everyone in the area was impacted by those events. How is…

Equipping the Saints: Developing Your Small-Group Leaders

As a pastor, you realize the vital role that small groups play in your church and in the spiritual development of your people. Significant change occurs in people’s lives when they are enfolded into a group of believers who are focused on studying the Bible, applying…

Not Just Another Conference

At first you might think we’re contradicting ourselves when we say that the North American Mission Board is not in the business of hosting conferences. So even though we’re coming to Prestonwood July 29–30 to host the second Send North America Conference, I promise I’m telling the truth when…

The Power of a Simple Invite

A study produced by LifeWay Research last year found that 80% of those who attend church one or more times a month believe they have a “personal responsibility to share their faith.” On the surface it seems that our churches are doing a good…

Powering Up: Life in the Spirit

As a believer in Jesus Christ, you want your life to count for Him. You want your church to be effective as a witness for Him. So imagine what it would be like if every believer were radically committed to Jesus Christ and relentlessly sharing the Good News of…

Serving from the Second Chair: the Role of an Executive Pastor

The term “Executive Pastor” was actually created in 1992 by Pastor Jack Graham and the Prestonwood Personnel Committee. It was supposed to be a temporary title for my new job description, and was intended to change when a more fitting title could be considered….

Mobilizing a Generation

The most powerful generation that has ever walked the planet is currently present in your church every week! The group that I am talking about holds more buying power than you or I at this very moment. They effortlessly and continuously direct fashion trends, music popularity, charity exposure and…

Value in Partnership

As you read Philippians 1:3–11, picture the apostle Paul sitting in prison because he has been faithfully proclaiming the Gospel. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the…

Easter Worship Planning

Easter and Christmas for the church have been likened to the World Series and Super Bowl. Of course, Easter and Christmas are significantly more important, carrying unmatched spiritual context and eternal significance. Yet many people all over the world will attend an Easter service this year and walk away…

Easter Outreach Strategy

On one hand, every weekend is a “major” weekend. But on the other hand… nothing compares to Easter Weekend! Last year God blessed us with our greatest Easter yet! We wanted to share our evangelism strategy leading up to Easter, and our connecting strategy following Easter, with the hope…

How to Use "The Bible"

The Bible comes to life in The History Channel’s new series, airing for two hours each Sunday evening during March 2013. Created by executive producers Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), featuring an international cast, this 10-hour docudrama explores the Bible’s…