Ministry Mantras: Language for Cultivating Kingdom Culture

We become what we say.

How do you grow your church in its health and mission? Sometimes our communities lack focus or vision. We lose sight of our ministry priorities, or our people don't have concrete reminders of why we do what we do. We need concise, memorable tools for cultivating culture, communicating ministry vision, and developing leaders.

The language we use shapes our communities. Pastors J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt share seventy-five short and memorable mantras they use to cast vision, inspire ministry, and create a healthy church culture. These brief chapters provide a wealth of practical wisdom for leadership, discipleship, community, and witness, embodying best practices with vivid stories of on-the-ground ministry.

These bite-sized ministry insights are ideal for church leaders to discuss with their teams and implement in their communities. They provide accessible handles for growing the health of your local church, for the sake of the kingdom.

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Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership

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Every church needs leadership. But leadership should not reside in a single pastor. The biblical model for church leadership is found in teams of elders who together guide the community into God’s mission. Church leaders J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt provide a comprehensive picture of elders as agents of mission for their communities. Healthy eldership structures a church for mission, as elder teams model the kind of community the local church is intended to be and steward the gospel in a local context. Looking at eldership through a missiological lens, Briggs and Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder. Elders oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and model for God’s people what life with Jesus looks like in a particular context. Including a study guide that elder teams can work through together, the authors provide practical guidance for how elders are selected, work together, make decisions, protect the congregation and invest in the lives of others. Discover here a clear vision for what it means to be a faithful elder. May it help you and your church thrive in pursuing God’s mission in the world.

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A Month with Richard Baxter: Walking with a Puritan Pastor of Pastors Through the Spiritual Formation of Ministry

Ministry is challenging regardless of the context. It has always been so. And as such, ministry becomes one of the primary crucibles of formation for the minister. Both the disciplines and the sacrifices required become some of the primary ways God forms our souls as ministry leaders and leads us ever more towards Christ-likeness.
The question then is “How does God do this?” Or more practically, how can one remain vibrant and spiritually alive in the midst of the rigors of ministering to others not only in spite of and perhaps even through those rigors? For an answer to this question we seek wisdom from one who lived the life of ministry well, and offered great wisdom to other ministers of his time, Richard Baxter (1615-1691).
This book is a one month journey through the wisdom of Baxter. Each day centers on a quote from Baxter, some thought-provoking words from the author, reflection questions, a meditation and a prayer. 
Ideal for pastors, ministry leaders or anyone concerned with helping others to know Jesus.

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Preacher, Heal Thyself!

Insomnia, pornography, and learning to live the gospel I preach.

The Gluttony of Time

Busyness is evidence of unhealthy appetites.

Too busy? Bob Hyatt explores the relationship between busyness and gluttony.

There Is NO Virtual Church (Part 1)

Online church is close enough to the real thing to be dangerous.

Virtual church lacks the very things that really form us into a community of believers.

Burger King Health Clinics and Christmas Humbug

Christmas may have pagan roots, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have redemptive value.

Acknowledging that Christmas may have pagan origins shouldn’t diminish the value of celebrating the holiday.

Multi-site the Low-tech Way

Why video venues should be a last resort.

When Bob Hyatt’s church added a second site, they chose not to implement video preaching at their new location. This article outlines what prompted this decision.

Preaching for the Nod

It’s easy it is to “speak prophetically” when you know it is what people want to hear.Pastors are often tempted to preach in a way that will elicit words of affirmation from the audience. But preachers are called to a higher standard than that.