Bud Brown

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4 Words Church Visitors Dread

Do you know the 4 words a pastor should never say during the worship service? “Stand and greet somebody.” These four words are the worst part about being a church visitor. They make me shrink down into my seat even though I’m a ministry professional who visits many churches every year. Frankly, I’m surprised that

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A free professional development tool for pastors

Other people. The Turnaround pastor’s most effective professional development tool. More important than biblical languages. More important that seminary education. More important than professional certification. The only “tool” that surpasses the value of other people is the call to ministry and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Consider the following three scenarios. Scenario 1 –

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Turnaround pastors get free professional development help

Other people. The Turnaround pastor’s most effective professional development tool. More important than biblical languages. More important that seminary education. More important than professional certification. The only “tool” that surpasses the value of other people is the call to ministry and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Consider the following three scenarios. Scenario 1 –

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Identifying the unique traits of Turnaround pastors

Fair warning: if you’re intrigued by the idea that Turnaround pastors can be identified by a few unique personality components, you’ll want to reference our previous post on this subject  If not, it’s probably best to save yourself from this House of Pain! For our study of the unique characteristics of Turnaround pastors we settled on

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What smart pastors do when there’s not enough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZrgxHvNNUc There’s never enough, is there? Pick a commodity you need to do your job (or shall we sugar coat it as “perform your ministry”?). No matter what it is – other than God’s grace, the Word’s sufficiency or the Spirit’s power – chances are that you’d agree that there’s not enough. That’s certainly true

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Lessons learned while recovering from my last interim

What do you do when the motivation just isn’t there? I’m wrestling with that right now. Well, maybe not wrestling. Thinking about wrestling. Sorta like this guy. As of yesterday it’s been exactly five weeks since I handed the baton to Pastor Drew Arliksas at Mountain Vista Bible Church and hit the door. Since then

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Why was it okay for Paul to worry when he tells us not to?

If it was okay for the apostle Paul to worry, where does he get off telling us we can’t? Paul suffered anxiety Paul was a worrywart at times. He felt a great obligation to bear the Gospel to the Gentile world (Romans 1:14). Even with the Holy Spirit’s enablement, his service at times felt like

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If you’re afraid of multi-site church this is the book for you

Is the multisite church movement good, bad or something in between? This question is being pressed upon pastors and small churches with increasing frequency and greater urgency than ever before. It’s hard to miss all the cheerleading in the press, on the bookshelves and at popular conferences. But there’s not much comfort for small church

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7 Qualities Jesus Seeks In His Church

It’s been five years since I’ve had a church to call home. Three interim churches, a couple of moves and now I’m adrift. It’s time to start looking for a church where I can be one of the folks. What should I look for? I think I’ll look for the things Jesus looks for and

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