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Fighting Spiritual Depression

by Dustin Boles, a pastor at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.   I am a happy guy. No, seriously. I am a very happy guy. I am blessed. I love Jesus. I believe the gospel. My marriage is good and my church is good. So, why are there times when I feel despair, self-hatred, hopelessness, and lethargy on a level that seems crippling? That is the question in ministry that is most asked internally and the least verbalized to others. It is embarrassing to admit that we feel this way. It seems ungrateful to feel this way when God has done so much for us. Can a real Christian even feel this way? Depression in ministry is not the exception but the rule. We all feel it, maybe to different depths and for different durations but we all feel it. The Bible gives us hope, ...

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Entrepreneurial Aptitude and the Capacity to Implement Vision

by Kade Wilcox, a pastor at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, Texas and CEO of Primitive Social.  Over the last three years as our church has planted several other churches, I have realized the tremendous similarities in planting a church and starting a small business. Three years ago, my wife and I started our own business that has rapidly grown and evolved — much like a church plant often takes off very quickly. As I have continued to help plant more and more churches while growing our small business, the overlap of lessons and experiences learned in each continues to grow. One of the things that makes church planting unique is the necessity for the church planter to be a well-rounded leader. Oftentimes I will run into young leaders who feel like the one thing needed to ...

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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Sam Storms

In this podcast Pastor Alex Early speaks with Dr. Sam Storms about eschatology and amillenialism. What is it? Why does it matter? How does eschatology impact evangelism and discipleship? Beyond that, Alex asks Sam about why older, more seasoned pastors should consider joining Acts 29 as well as the importance of reading "the dead guys."   The Acts 29 podcast hosted by Alex Early, pastor of Teaching & Theology at Living Stones Churches in Reno, Nevada. He is also the Director of the Acts 29 West ...

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Collecting Leaders vs. Creating Leaders

This was original published HERE on October 7, 2014, and is republished with permission.  by Bob Thune, pastor at Coram Deo in Omaha, NE. If you’re looking for leaders, there are two ways to get them: you can collect them or you can create them. Some leaders collect other leaders. In other words, they recruit already-existing leaders and call them into the mission. My son’s high school hired a new football coach last year—a former NFL player. He immediately tapped his existing network of former teammates to serve as assistant coaches. He now has the most credible coaching staff in the state. When you’re starting something from scratch—whether a football program or a church plant—you ...

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Rethinking Our Gospel Witness

by Jonathan Dodson, pastor at City Life Church in Austin, TX. Think about the last time you tried to share the gospel. What was going through your head? Were you angling to find an opening to mention Jesus? Or perhaps you were more intentional, looking for an opportunity to lay out a “gospel presentation” over lunch or coffee? This kind of evangelism focuses on what we have to say, not on what others are saying. This can make our evangelism unbelievable. All too often we look to download gospel information instead of considering people’s objections. If we’re honest, we are often content with “name dropping” Jesus in a conversation because our evangelism is more about us and less about them. Saying Jesus’ name to a non-Christian gets us a ...

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