Bud Brown


The Bible’s 2 easy steps to honoring pastors

Does your pastor receive the honor and respect he deserves? Most don’t. Do you know how to honor and respect your pastor? Or could you use a little help? The Bible helps us out by giving some simple, clear directions in this regard. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (ESV) says this: 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect

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4 Things the Bible Doesn’t Say About Pastors

I’ve noticed that there are some myths about pastors floating about in the evangelical pond these days. Have you noticed them, or is it just me? Maybe I’ve noticed them because I finally have time to look around. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve always been a rebel. I’ve always been an “Oh yeah? Show

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4 Things Jesus Never Said About Church

I’m going to jump in the deep water here. I’m going to swim against the riptide. Why am I dumb enough to jump into deep water and swim against riptides? Because Jesus never said anything about a lot of the stuff we think is important in a church. A lot of “practical ecclesiology” is stuff

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Surprise! 2 pastoral values that predict church decline

There are two surprising values held by pastors who preside over church decline. Two of the most cherished evangelical values have negative correlations to church growth. One of these values is at the very heart of evangelicalism itself. Pastors who score this value exceptionally high – higher than their evangelical colleagues – are far more likely to lead declining

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Train Turnaround Pastors: 1 Surefire SBC Strategy

The SBC has a problem. They’re lacking turnaround pastors who can lead churches in the right direction. A recent article, “Southern Baptist Pastors Hope to Revitalize Hundreds of Churches in Decline“, lays it out. About 800 to 1,000 Southern Baptist congregations cease to exist annually, largely due to a stagnant vision among the leadership and

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1 question reveals how turnaround pastors lead

Turnaround pastors are distinguished by how they deal with one question. Not by their answers. By how they deal with the question. “Is the church for believers or unbelievers?” Every pastor has to field this one. Turnaround pastors reject the question as posed. They know it’s a trap so they reframe it, putting the issue

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4 responses to the new megachurch next door

Bad news. You just got word that a mega- multi- church is metastasizing again, throwing up a campus down the street. They’ll probably open with 1500 or more their first Sunday. Worried that some of them’ll be yours? The message in your says, “Time to panic ‘cuz the big dog’s moving in.” What do you

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Where would you draw the line?

How would you react when the church you’re serving as an intentional interim pastor gets wrapped around the axle over a basic “Christianity 101” doctrine of the faith? The last thing you need is a “headache” but you’ve also got a call – to speak to the needs of the congregation that were surfaced in

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