Pillars

Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Brandon Leadership

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every church needs to be led by a Pastor with a strong ecclesiology …

Old Pews

When the Church Is Working Right

Brandon Grace Hills

I believe that Jesus was the first church planter. I realize that most evangelicals refer to the Day of Pentecost as the “birthday of the church,” but the church was really born as Jesus began gathering His earliest disciples, and the plan and strategy for the church had been in existence for eternity already. Jesus gathered a few guys with …

Stained Glass

Everybody Belongs, Starting with You

Brandon Grace Hills

Everybody belongs. When we say everybody, we mean every color, every shape, every personality, and people with every kind of story imaginable. Everyone belongs, even before they believe. It’s sad that we have to expound on the word “everybody” to make sure people know that we mean everybody. This is the fourth core value of Grace Hills, and like the others, …

Peter Waldo

A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

Brandon Church Planting, Theology

A casual observer of the modern church planting movement might conclude that we have a generation of leaders who are aggressively launching churches in the same way serial entrepreneurs start new businesses. With the right mo, enough talent, and piles of cash, we can build a show sure to attract enough attenders to reach critical mass so that a large …

Cross

The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

Brandon Culture, Leadership, Preaching, Theology

In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill’s leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry. In 1997, Bill and his wife, Lynne, co-wrote Rediscovering Church, an inside lo at how the church grew from 100 to …