As pastors we are constantly telling our people how important community is. We encourage everyone to join a Small Group, Life Group, TLC Group, Sunday School Class, or whatever ministry we may have in place to help people connect for spiritual growth, encouragement, accountability and shepherding. But we often don’t practice what we preach.

Pastor all too often are like eagles. We don’t flock. We fly solo.

I am not sure why we as pastors are often resistant to connecting with each other on a regular bases, for spiritual growth, encouragement, accountability and care giving and receiving – but we are. Maybe it is pride. (We think we don’t need others). Maybe it is insecurity. (We don’t want to be vulnerable with each other and admit we don’t have it all figured out.) Maybe it is because we are “too busy.” (We don’t feel it is important enough to carve out the time.) It could be something else entirely.

The longer I am in ministry the more I realize I need the “community” of other pastors. Who else understands the responsibility we feel for “watching over peoples’ souls”? Who else knows how to pray with true empathy for us in our struggles – and knows how to rejoice with us in our victories?

Cornerstone Pastors Network is a great ministry with a focus on helping us pastors find the sense of “community” that we encourage our people to seek out. I recommend them highly – and encourage you, as a pastor, to set aside your pride, or your insecurity – and carve out the time to be a part of a mutually encouraging group.

“Do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together, as some are in the habit of doing…”

John Snyder, Lead Pastor

Coming for the June PRC – Ken Sande!

Ken founded two organizations that are dedicated to preserving and transforming relationships: Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360 (RW360).

Check back soon for additional information and to register for the June 16th PRC video conference.

More information and registration coming soon!

Developing Spiritually Healthy Teams

Everyone wants to enjoy their ministry team environment! Whether your ministry team is all volunteer, all paid or a mix, it should operate in an environment that is healthy spiritually and conducive to leading the church in a healthy way. Sometimes as leaders we forget how important it is for us to be proactive about caring for our team’s spiritual well-being.

On this PRC, Lance Witt will share practical ideas and strategies for building spiritually healthy teams. What kind of leadership does it take to raise the spiritual temperature of your team? What does true team community look like? How can you build a team covenant that gives guidance to your work together? You won’t want to miss this conversation with Lance!

Lance Witt, founder of Replenish Ministries is often called a “Pastors pastor.” He has served for over thirty years as a pastor, twenty as a senior pastor. He also served as an executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. Lance helped develop and lead the 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community campaigns.

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PRC with Neil Cole

Bill Nicoson —  April 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

Christians Should Be Revolutionaries! We Should Be Bringing A Revolution To Our World.

Doing good can be the enemy of being good. Neil Cole has always been one of our favorite PRC guests. He always pushes the envelop in causing pastors to think about their trajectory as pastors and leaders. In today’s world it is more important than ever to stay on mission. Neil’s new book One Thing is all about staying on task. He will interact with many different cultural mores and provide thoughtful guidance into how the scriptures ask us to live in the world today.

As author Neil Cole dramatically points out, it’s all about One Thing. It’s a revolution of love! Grounded in the love found in the new covenant, this book passionately calls the church back to its true spiritual roots and provides tangible examples of how that was done in the past and how we can do it today. One Thing offers an alternative that is biblical, effective, subversive, and loving all at the same time.

Neil Cole is a prolific author. He describes himself as the father of three, the husband of one, author, coach and spiritual director. He makes his home in Long Beach, CA and is a UCLA Bruins fan.

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PRC with Bill Staffieri

Bill Nicoson —  March 17, 2016

Leaving a legacy of young people involved in ministry is one of the greatest gifts you can give

A big concern of every pastor today should be the lack of young people missing in ministry. How do we engage young people to have a passion for the lost and His church? What does a godly relationship look like to a young person? How do we mentor and develop future leaders for ministry? Bill Staffieri, lead pastor at Beachpoint Church of Huntington Beach, CA will share his thoughts and ideas on how to pick, develop and mentor young leadership for ministry.

Bill has a great passion for young people and wants to see them become leaders and Christ followers. Under Bill’s guidance and mentoring there have been dozens of young people who have gone on to be everything from youth pastors to missionaries.

Bill Staffieri has been the Senior Pastor of Beachpoint Church for the past six years. Over the past six years the church has grown from 300 to over 900 and planted a new campus. Prior to that he served as the church’s youth pastor for 17 years. He is also an adjunct professor of Christian Leadership at Biola University and recently completed his Doctor of Ministry focusing on intergenerational ministry. Bill is a product of ministry mentoring, pastoring the very church he became a Christian in and interning at for several years.

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