Sharing the pulpit, broken discipleship, and coaching by grace: Resurgence Roundup, 8/9/13

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Sail through the flood of information with our weekly Resurgence Roundups. Each Friday, we will share a list of articles across ministry tribes that our team has found helpful with the hope of serving you well.

Is he crazy to share his pulpit?” by Larry Osborne

Sharing the pulpit sometimes gets a bad rap, but are there any good reasons for a pastor to share his pulpit? Larry Osborne—who will be at the 2013 Resurgence Conference—shares his personal experience of sharing the pulpit, how he and the church benefited, and some practical steps for doing it right.

Better discipleship: 5 broken views of discipleship and how to fix them,” by Ed Stetzer

The Exchange

Discipling people to be more like Jesus is much more than transferring knowledge—it’s a way of life. Check out this helpful article from Ed Stetzer for a way to examine your church’s discipleship models, identify their shortcomings, and see how they can be tweaked to best engage the people you serve.  

Reading for pastor development,” by Joe Thorn

Choosing which books to read on pastoral ministry can be much like choosing cereal at the grocery store: selection overload. This post from Joe Thorn will help you narrow down your reading list and give you practical advice for prioritizing your reading. 

Coaching by grace,” by Matt Patrick


Sports can sometimes teach us a lot about leadership and motivation. If you don’t believe us, take a moment to glean invaluable insight from Matt’s experience playing high school basketball for two completely different coaches.

8 ways to become a great commission Christian,” by Chuck Lawless

Thom S. Rainer

God’s call upon our life to reach our neighbors, community, city, nation, and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ is a daunting task. Just thinking about it can cause anxiety and paralysis. What should we do? Great question. We suggest trusting God, seeking the power of the Holy Spirit, stepping out in faith, and prayerfully considering these eight suggested baby steps from Chuck Lawless.


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Homosexuality: A biblical and cultural examination of homosexuality, part 1,” by Matt Chandler

It's easy to address the issue of homosexuality as just that—an issue. This is a great message from Matt Chandler not only addressing the issue of homosexuality, but handling it with the heart of a pastor who loves and cares for the people he serves. See also the second part of this seminar and the Q&A he conducted afterwards.


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