Bud Brown

How to rise above conflict

Hostility, sabotage and open conflict. That is the lot of the pastor who leads change. Anyone brave enough to be pastor must possess steel in the spine, ice water in the veins and a steady hand at the helm. The American church needs a pastor “who is less likely to become lost in the anxious

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2 Reasons Pastors Give Up

Over the past five years, my colleagues and I have noticed a disturbing trend in plateaued and declining churches. Many of them are staffed by: pastors who have given up. pastors without hope. pastors convinced revitalization efforts are futile. pastors who ignore offers of help. I don’t have hard numbers because to date we haven’t

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Increase Evangelism By Changing Attitudes

“If something doesn’t change around here, nothing’s going to change.” Eighty percent of the American clergy—those leading plateaued or declining churches—sing that lament. When push comes to shove they will all tell you, “I want the church to change how they behave in the matter of _______.” Some pastors fill that blank with “evangelism.” Others

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Why Pastors Resist Change

The anxious seminary students waited for the sociology professor to hand out the final exam. Fifty percent of their semester’s grade hung in the balance. She distributed the exams and told them to begin. They were stunned. Many were angered. There were no questions, only a large black dot in the center of the page.

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Why Pain Precedes Change

Only once has a physician told me, “This will hurt.” The anesthesiologist prepping me for eye surgery brandished a long, curved hypodermic needle more suitable for use on horses than my eye. Although he had me loaded with morphine, the injection into my optic nerve was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. But when it

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Where to push for church revitalization

Was Sisyphus the first pastor to attempt church revitalization? The Greek gods punished Sisyphus, king of Corinth, for his arrogant, deceitful ways. His eternal punishment was to push an immense boulder up a hill. Just as he was about to crest the hill, the boulder rolled back to the bottom. Thus, arduous and futile tasks

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The Prayer God Always Answers

I started Bible college plagued with feelings of failure. For several years I had been ministering and witnessing to American citizens imprisoned in Mexico for various drug crimes. The pastor of a small Baptist church on the border got me started in this evangelism ministry shortly after I was born again. I loved the work

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Why Pain Must Precede Change

Only once has a physician said to me, “This is going to hurt.” The anesthesiologist prepping me for eye surgery then produced a long, curved hypodermic needle that looked like it should have been used on horses rather than on the human eye. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. Suffice it to say that, even

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Why Pastors and Churches Prefer the Status Quo

They just couldn’t bring themselves to kill the midweek children’s program. It had been singularly unproductive for years. The leader had refashioned a once prosperous program – produced by a well-known parachurch organization – to suit her ow needs and interests. The results were predictable: it was a failure. The church Board couldn’t do the

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