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Preaching for Deep Change: Are You Sharing Information or Changing Lives? By Ed Stetzer

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Change is something we all need. It is an ongoing part of life. With its constant flux, life demands adjustments for our schedules and plans. Essentially, change is the new norm. But people’s spiritual lives call for more than slight changes to the calendar. Their lives are in need of transformation. As you know, transformation is not about trying harder or having a better life. Mark Twain reportedly said that church is good people standing in front of good people teaching them to be good people. The change people need is not simply about being a better person; that would be a gross misunderstanding of change and transformation. The gospel is bigger than simple moralism, and people need to understand the very nature of transformation. Sometimes, what they need is a universal translator that helps them understand words like “change” and “transformation.” It is much like what we need in a marriage relationship for spouses to understand one another. Let me give a few examples: 1. When a…

Leadership Development Insights From Ephesians 4

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One of the constant struggles church leaders face is determining how to achieve alignment between congregational and pastoral expectations. If you are reading this, you likely are a Christian leader. You also are likely to attend a church that expects the pastors to do the ministry of the church (most do).

After all, that’s what they hired you for, right?

Wrong!

Kind of…
Many churches hire their pastor looking for someone to do the ministry. People are busy, and the other staff is overloaded. The pastors are the paid professionals.

So churches hire more and more staff. Which is why you are right: most churches do hire their pastors to do most of the ministry. Here’s the problem: relying on pastors to do most of the ministry IS NOT BIBLICAL.
Ephesians 4:12 teaches that pastors and teachers are to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ." A pastor’s primary responsibility is NOT to do the entire ministry. Those in pastoral ministry are to e…

Project:Re3 - The website

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A more detailed blog about how I got to this point is coming soon but for now here is a peek at the latest adventure God has my family on: Project:Re3