5 Essential Qualities of Great Pastors and Church Planters

Brandon Leadership

Danny Kirk, Grace Hills’ Community Pastor, started a back porch discussion off the other day with this question: what do you think are the basic, essential qualities a leader must have to be an effective church planter? The we talked, the longer our list became. And I even thought of Charles Ridley’s excellent list of 13 characteristics of a church …


Wear the Belt of Truth

Brandon Devotional

I once had a conversation with some Amish gentlemen who were apparently having fun with my lack of knowledge about their culture. “Know why we wear these black suspenders?,” one asked, to which I replied, “No, why?” “To hold our pants up!,” he said as he and his friends LOL’d. We would assume that belts are made for the same …

Note to Self by Joe Thorn

Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

Brandon Books

“Preaching it” is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves – that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That’s why I Joe Thorn’s bo Note to Self: The Discip of Preaching to Yourself (Re: …


How Important Is Character In Leadership?

Brandon Leadership

There was a recent study that suggested that power increases “moral hypocrisy.” That giving a person power makes that person feel entitled and causes a disconnect in their judgment. It also says that those in high-power positions tend to judge morality of others while not practicing what they preach. As if everyone NOT in power practices what they preach. Though …