Pastor Search – Pastors Don’t Grow On Trees

Pastors are crucial to God’s work.  As we endeavor to plant churches, we must have more men of God.  But where do we find them? 

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Have you ever considered where pastors come from?  It may seem like a weird question at first glance, yet it is vital that we know the answer.  

Pastors are crucial to God’s work.  They are the under-shepherds of local assemblies leading in the stead of Christ.  Pastors are called to lead, feed, guide, and protect the flock of God.  

Faithful pastors are worth more than their weight in gold.  (And for some, that's a lot of gold!) Click To Tweet

A Church’s success in obeying the Lord is significantly affected by her pastor.  Churches tend to take on the personality, passion, and position of their pastors.  This is a blessing with a Godly, faithful, and committed man of God.  Also, it can be a curse with an ungodly, unmotivated, or unfaithful pastor.  

A church that lacks vision, clarity, doctrine, energy, etc. usually has someone at the helm who isn’t providing them.  A church that has drive, sound doctrine, passion, urgency, soul winning ministries, baptisms, etc. has a faithful pastor leading the way.  

A critic may complain that we are placing too much emphasis on the pastor. “What about Christ?” they ask.  Of course, the Lord is the head of the church.  He is the founder, builder, and protector of His Bride.  But don’t forget that it was our Lord’s idea to commission pastors to lead the flock.  

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Compelling Reasons Every Preacher Should Exercise

Preaching God’s Word is a priceless privilege. Also, it is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. Spiritual battle, mental strain, emotional stress, and physical neglect create a devastating recipe for bad health.

Compelling Reasons Every Preacher Should Exercise

1 Samuel 4:15–18
“Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?

And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.

And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.”

Many preachers struggle with their physical health.

There are two stereotypical extremes of preachers. The first is the “plastic preacher.” He looks like a Ken doll with every hair in place, six-pack abs, and way too much emphasis on his appearance.

The second is the “plump preacher.” He is overweight, unfit, and gives way too little thought to his appearance.

Both extremes should be avoided like the plague.

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Spring Church Planting Conference Recap – Save New England

God is moving in New England. Rejoice with us over the highlights of the conference and watch a short recap video.

“And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”

Acts 14:27

In this passage of Scripture, Paul and Barnabas returned from a missionary journey and declared the good things that God had done. It is a good idea to rehearse the goodness of God to churches so that those who were not present during God’s blessings can praise the Lord for His work.

Allow me to share God’s blessings from our recent conference so you can rejoice with us and pray for the spiritual need in New England.

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Do We Really Need More Churches?

Hopefully, you were bewildered by the title of this article.  Why would this question be asked in the publication of a ministry that helps start churches?  Good question.  Let me explain.

I have been surprised by the number of Christians (including some Pastors) who aren’t convinced that we need more churches. Here are a few examples.

Sometimes when we promote a town or an area that needs a church, I will see a message that says something like this, “I searched for churches in that town in google maps, and I found a lot of them.  Does that area really need ANOTHER church?”  Sometimes they will even include a screenshot in case I don’t believe them.  Very helpful.

From time to time a pastor will bristle at the idea of another church in a city with more people than they can reach in a lifetime or in a county with more area than they will ever cover.  One pastor told a would-be church planter, “This town already has a church.  You can go somewhere else.”  That pastor left and the church is no longer in existence. The town is still on our list.  Hopefully, it will get a good church one day.

Yes, we really do need more churches.  Lots more of them in fact.  Hundreds more.  I believe God can use us to do it.  Do you?

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3 Ways You Can Help Us Plant Churches in New England

If we hope to turn America back to God, we must Save New England. Its influence is affecting you every day even if you don’t realize it. Here are three ways you can help us plant churches in New England.

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God still calls men to do His work. How shall the lost hear the gospel without a preacher? They won’t. We are praying that God would send us called and consecrated men to start churches and pastor existing churches. Some men will come ready to start a church right away while others may need some time to finish preparation. Through the Save New England ministry, God is opening up summer internships for college students and lay staff positions to allow newcomers to New England to acclimate to the culture before starting a church or taking a pastorate.

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