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58 Practices Of a Healthy Church Community

Brandon Leadership

It’s impossible for a Pastor or even a church staff to care for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of every individual and family in a congregation. Expecting them to do so places an unscriptural and undue burden on them and creates unrealistic and bound-to-be-unmet expectations in the minds of church members. I mentioned this in a post I wrote …


Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Brandon Leadership

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church’s doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be… or so goes conventional wisdom. But is that really true? My friend …

A Community at Huntington Beach

Lessons On Community from Huntington Beach

Brandon Culture, Leadership, Living

Huntington Beach represents authentic southern California beach culture. You’ve got bodybuilders working out on the sand, skateboards and bikes covering the boardwalk, and street performers driving nails up their noses for tip money. My family and I visited there yesterday with the Krumm’s, friends of ours here in Orange County. It was a fascinating taste of local culture for us …

Spurgeon on Loving the Brethren

Brandon Culture, Theology

One of my favorite websites is The Daily Spurgeon where my friend Nick spends a lot of valuable time culling the pages of Spurgeons sermons and works to offer up a daily couple of paragraphs from one of history’s greatest preachers. Today, Spurgeon echoed something that has been on my mind lately about Loving the Brethren. Basically, we can stand …

Lord’s Supper Devotional: An Altar or a Table?

Brandon Preaching

As Luke records it in Luke 22:14-23, Jesus sat at a table with the apostles to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with them. Then He promised that someday, they would sit at another table with Him in the Kingdom. Many Christians see the communion table as of an altar – a place of ongoing sacrifice, but I believe it was …