Pioneering Imperative

Yesterday was a milestone day at New Vine Baptist Church. For the first time we gathered the staff of our three congregations together for ministry to God and to each other. Later in the day we asked ourselves the question, “What is it going to take to grow into a network of 20 ‘New Vine-y’ churches in the next dozen years?”  (more…)

Looming leadership crisis?!

“Tom won’t be our youth pastor from tomorrow; we don’t think he fits into our plan for the future.” That’s how a local congregation was told the news, which Tom had received only six days earlier. James went to his church leadership to present his resignation. He had received a better offer from a bigger church. What had happened to their youth pastor? “Umm, I think he burned out…or something.” I know of countless similar stories and I’m sure you know of some too. The associate pastor has been overworked to the point of burn out, or ran out of ideas and, without support, bailed.