PREACHERS School of Voice, Story & Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2018 / by Nathan Edwardson posted in Guest Post, Leadership, Equipping

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It’s time for the church to reclaim her voice in the world. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Hey pastors and friends!

I want to personally invite you to our upcoming Preachers School in Redding, CA, this coming November. Twenty five students. Three days. One purpose. To strengthen our preaching voice, to refine our theology, to fuel our creativity, and together, to tell and retell the story of God in the most redemptive ways possible.

At the heart of this course is the conviction that preaching still matters. In an age of opinions, confusion and skepticism, perhaps preaching has never mattered more. God is raising up voices on the earth, each one unique and vital to the church and the world. They will preach the gospel, stir the hearts, equip the body, and help the church transition from old failing paradigms to engage God’s future kingdom. The redemptive story of God is unfolding on the earth like never before, and if we get a group of us in the same room to listen, dream and explore, who knows what will happen.

Beyond the experience, our desire is to cultivate a family of preachers. Too often, we as leaders become isolated in our own ministry worlds, limiting our influence by our own choice. Yet, Preachers is an opportunity to lock arms with others, gaining access to a family of voices in today’s church and culture. We are always stronger together.  

For those called to lead and preach, consider joining us this coming November 5th-8th.  We are offering Half Off Scholarships worth $375 for all pastors, church planters, or emerging leaders within the CPD. For more information, see below or visit our event page.

Nathan Edwardson
Next Generation Leadership
Church Planting

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My Tribute to Billy Graham

[fa icon="calendar'] March 9, 2018 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Devotional, Guest Post, Leadership

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Wayne Hoag was the pastor of Truckee, CA for about 26 years until he handed over the reigns to his associate Jesse Richardson.  He continues to serve the church he has loved and lead for years.  He is also an author - one of his books, "The One Another Project " is on my shelf.  He writes an excellent tribute to Billy Graham that you will not want to miss.

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Vulnerability: A Key Component of an Emotionally Healthy Leader

[fa icon="calendar'] April 3, 2017 / by District Office posted in Equipping, Leadership

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I always appreciate what Keith Webb has to say - especially since such a large part of the culture of our district has been encouraged by him and his training - that area of coaching. And while I like to keep up on what he writes, there are those times when he is especially pertinent - and this is one of those times as he talks about this issue of vulnerability.

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What is the difference between a good pastor boss and a bad pastor boss?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 27, 2017 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Leadership

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Regardless if you have staff or not, you have volunteers and leaders that you work with.  How you treat them and manage them goes a long ways to answering the question, “What is the difference between a good pastor boss and a bad pastor boss?” 

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Can Your Church Share Its Kingdom Resources?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 19, 2016 / by Dan Russell posted in Equipping, Leadership

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One would think a large church with multiple Staff Pastors would be a great place to find Pastors who are willing to lead in another church. Last year I read an article that proved this statement to be incorrect.

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Why to Risk Being Vulnerable With Others

[fa icon="calendar'] July 6, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Leadership, Equipping

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Rick Warren does a good job of pointing out that while there are a lot of risks we need to take as pastors and church workers, one of the risks we need to take most is the risk to be vulnerable. None of us are perfect, and when we risk being vulnerable with others, we give them permission not to be perfect either. I believe a culture of humility is one of the more important cultures we cultivate in our own communities. I was recently part of a board (not mine), where it was acknowledged that there was a serious lack of trust between levels in the organization. Maybe this attribute has something to do with that.

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7 Reasons Why We Should Exercise Regularly as Leaders

[fa icon="calendar'] June 8, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Leadership

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I like to do weight training, but there are times, mainly because of my schedule, where I can’t be at the gym as much as I would normally like to be. As much as I hate missing my workouts, I am reminded in those times how valuable the exercise is to me.

I have always encouraged leaders to have a regular exercise routine. I think it’s a necessary discipline for a healthy leader. If you aren’t currently an active exerciser, I have some practical, first-hand experience to encourage you to begin.

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Discover the Secret to a Healthy Church

[fa icon="calendar'] June 3, 2016 / by Tim Agnello posted in Equipping, Leadership

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When I was starting out as a pastor many years ago, I so appreciated the biblical and balanced structure that I learned from the Purpose-Driven Church model. At first I wasn't sure, but the more I studied the Bible to see what God says about the church, the more I was convinced that the 5 Core Values were absolutely right on track.

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The Important Roles the Pastor’s Wife Plays in the Church

[fa icon="calendar'] April 27, 2016 / by Edgar Castro posted in Equipping, Leadership

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woman_leaning_on_encouragement_cardThe truth about the pastor’s wife’s role is that it doesn’t come with stardom. In fact, pastor’s wives will often attest to the reality of more scrutiny from the church than support. She usually serves unpaid, and though she knows she is worth her pay, she does not ask. In fact, in many churches when the pastor's salary is considered, they often do not think about what she does and just considers her as part of the package.   

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3 Key Qualities Church Leaders Should Have To Be Successful Pastors

[fa icon="calendar'] April 5, 2016 / by Edgar Castro posted in Leadership

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Many times our Hispanic Pastors ask me, “how can I know that my church leader will be a good pastor in the future?”

My honest answer is that I don’t know for sure, but I try to see if my church leader has these 3 things that help them be a better pastor:

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