Transforming Pastoral Leadership: What, Why, and How!

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Transforming Pastoral Leadership: What, Why, and How!

As I said in my first post, these reflections on pastoral ministry will be rolling out piecemeal.  With this installment, I am going to hit the pause button.  Really, the rewind button and take you back to 1995.

I married Melissa, my wife of nearly twenty-three years now, on July 29, 1995.  Within two weeks of our wedding day, we were invited to join a church and serve in a position of Associate Pastor of Youth and Children.

The church was Oak Grove …
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Easter: A Celebration of God’s Self-Giving Love and Beauty!

In Consumption, Delight in God, Desire, Discipleship, Easter, Formation, Freedom, Love by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Easter: A Celebration of God’s Self-Giving Love and Beauty!

Are there ever moments in your life when your desire feels ravenous?

Moments when you are just never satisfied, always longing for, wanting, or craving bigger, better, more?

I use the term ravenous to mean intensely eager for satisfaction or gratification.  I have written extensively on this blog regarding the prevalence of desire within the human soul.

We can all probably agree, at least on some level, that many of our decisions related to how we spend our time and where …
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Reimagining Community: It’s Not What But How

In Change, Christian Leadership, Church Leadership, Church Planting, Community, Discipleship, Ministry, Small Groups, Transformation, Transforming Community Groups by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Reimagining Community: It’s Not What But How

The past few weeks I’ve been summarizing some of the rhythms of ministry that characterize Pillar Community Church.

Many of them – likely all of them – are active in any congregation professing belief in Christ.

At Pillar, it’s not really ‘what’ our rhythms are, but ‘how’ we practice them that prove to be distinctive.

Not better, mind you.

Just distinct.…
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Disruptive and Dynamic Process of Spiritual Formation

In Church Leadership, Church Planting, Contemplation, Discipleship, Formation, Spiritual Formation, Transformation, Worship by Bizgainey1 Comment

Disruptive and Dynamic Process of Spiritual Formation

When I awakened to and accepted this disruptive and dynamic process of spiritual formation, I then began to establish it as a solid foundation for life and ministry.

After eight years (really more) of traveling this road, I am becoming convinced that the disruptive and dynamic process of spiritual formation ought to be the mark of every ministry.  Particularly any ministry desiring to seek the Kingdom of God in Christ and invite others to do the same!

I suspect that others are awakening …
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I’m Going to Tell You the Story of a Church

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I’m Going to Tell You the Story of a Church

I am going to tell you a story.

It’s a story about a church.

This church is a collection of individuals representing the myriad walks of life from the varied and diverse religious landscape that America has become.  That’s important to note because we never set out to be a denomination or tribe with a particular affiliation.…
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Delight: God’s Original and Ultimate Goal

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Delight, God’s Original and Ultimate Goal

Dallas Willard once defined love as an affection that’s always directed toward what is good for its objects.  From Creation to Restoration, God’s good has always been directed toward us!

God’s goal, the primary agenda of the heavenly Father, has always been and remains – to this day – that we take delight in Him. This goal, or desire, toward us is birthed from His love for us.

God’s love is on full and magnificent display in the Creation account.  In the creation account, …
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Devotion: A Sacred and Signature Affection!

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Devotion: A Sacred and Signature Affection! “The material creation is not just some detour from our heavenly existence. It is the very good abode created by our heavenly Father. Creation is not some icky, regrettable mistake on God’s part. It is the product of his love.” James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love.

It sounds strange to claim that delight begins with devotion.  When we think of delight, or things we enjoy, we intuitively assume that devotion is the last thing required.  Who needs devotion to enjoy things like …
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Football, Formation, and Faith: What’s Practice Got to Do with Pentecost? Pt. 2

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Football, Formation, and Faith: What’s Practice Got to Do with Pentecost? Pt. 2

Community is experienced with one another only as devotion is practiced by one another.  This is clearly seen in team sports.  The practice of devotion is a lost art.

That’s too bad.

And though it’s lost, it’s easily regained.  Particularly by people of faith.

It’s easily regained because it (devotion) is the fullest and most notable sign and wonder of Pentecost.

It’s also the sign and wonder that we are invited to experience by way of repetition …
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What is a Contemplative Bible Study? Pt. 4, Mediation that’s Uniquely Christian

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Meditation that’s Uniquely Christian

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16

The subject of Colossians 3:16 is “the word of Christ.”

While that seems self-evident, it’s important to note a few implications of this fact.  First, the subject is not me or you.  The subject is always Christ.

This is why Paul invites us to surrender.

We often come to the Word …
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Do You Remember When?

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I concluded last week’s blog with the following question:

Do you remember when you last felt the Word of Christ dwelling richly in you?

Now, before you read further, pause and identify that moment or those moments when you recall sensing the deep indwelling of the presence of Christ in your life.

We never seem to have enough money, time, sleep, coffee, joy, love, etc.

We all – at times – complain about our lack of resources.  We decry our lack of time and we sulk when we see others …
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