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The Indispensables of Courageous Leadership

by Grady King  –  Getting stuck as a church leader or as a leader group is frustrating and exhausting.  And no matter what we say to the church, they know we are stuck. They feel it, experience it and yearn for things to be different. Over time, a stuck leadership will drain the energy of a […]

Every Church Has a Story: Walking on Sacred Ground

by Grady King – I went to high school with friends who were Creek Indian. Their burial grounds were sacred. They were no mere cemeteries—simply holes in the ground.  These sacred burial sites were a blend of Indian traditions, fused with Christianity and the spirits of the “old ones” were respected in this sacred ground.  […]

Committed to Transformation (part 4) – Barriers to Transformation

by Mark Frost – Author’s Note: The words, “From Transition to Transformation,” are part of the Interim Ministry Partners logo. This series of posts, based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, contains some of my reflections on how genuine transformation takes place, both in individual believers and in churches. Almost everyone has seen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on […]

Leaders & Failure: Shadows in the Soul

by Grady King –  We don’t fail. We learn. These five words give hope thanks to my missional friend, Pat Keifert. What are you learning as leader from failure? Most church leaders I know fight a sense of failure. No matter the public rhetoric of trusting God, working hard even those good day experiences, often […]

Committed to Transformation (part 3) – Unveiled Faces

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The promise of the gospel message is transformation. That expectation is expressed biblically by words like regeneration, new birth, new […]

Committed to Transformation (part 2) – Beholding His Glory

by Mark Frost –  We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with everincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 The word Paul uses for being transformed is metamorphoo, which is obviously the root of our English word “metamorphosis.” Nothing speaks […]

Committed to Transformation (part 1) – Transformed by the Spirit

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The Scripture says that we are being transformed, not that we have been transformed. It is an life-long process that […]

The Body of Christ is More Than the Preacher

by Grady King –  The church is the body of Christ (1 Cor 12.12.f).  What could be more direct that the words of Paul—“Now, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor 12.27). The Corinthian church was admonished to function as the body of Christ in sacrificial love, serving according to […]

All to Jesus I Surrender: Baptism, Faith & Discipleship

by Ashley Weaver –  Belief in Christ saves us.  True.  But that’s just the beginning of a covenant with him.  Faith is the genesis of a life with God.  When we believe in him and accept him as our Savior, we enter into a covenant; one in which God works and we humbly accept.  Our […]

Is Your Church a Refuge of Hospitality?

by Grady King I have seldom met a church that did not say, “We’re a friendly church!” or “We welcome all people.”  Here’s the truth. Most churches consider themselves more friendly than they really are, and every church has a sophisticated screening system of who is welcome and who is not. I am fortunate to […]