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Brady Boyd writes, “A man in our church came to me recently with a heavy heart. His daughter was married to a man who had recently been caught in adultery. The couple went to another church here in town and the father contacted their pastor to see if he would confront his son-in-law on this obvious sin. The pastor refused, not seeing it as his duty. What? Not his duty? If we’re really pastors, it’s actually one of our primary responsibilities, especially if we love the people we lead. Not surprisingly, fewer and fewer church leaders are willing to go to people who are living in open sin and confront them. Why? Do we lack the courage? Are we ignoring the biblical mandate as leaders to protect the innocent from the harmful? Many times in my role as pastor and elder, I have had hard meetings with people in the church. I never look forward to them and I certainly get no joy from them, but they are super necessary if the church is to remain healthy. In fact, some of the great spiritual breakthroughs I’ve experienced as a leader have happened after I had dealt scripturally with sin issues. God tends to show up in churches where there is repentance, grace and spiritual health.” via Confronting Sin in the Local Church. Brady continues with the responsibility he feels elders and pastors have in graciously confronting people.  This is good stuff.  You can read it here. How does your church do with confronting sin?  How do YOU do with it?  Is it something you avoid like the plague? Todd      
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Brady Boyd writes:  In the past ten years, I have witnessed remarkable changes in the local church and the coming decade will usher in even more transformations.While the ancient Sacraments will remain, everything else is up for debate. How we worship, when we gather, what is said, who is leading and where the gatherings happen will all undergo scrutiny and debate. I have four predictions for the next decade of local church. 1. The places where we gather will become smaller Every social and cultural trend is leaning toward the smaller, more intimate gatherings and away from the stadium worship experience. Mega churches that purposely create numerous worship settings that promote intimacy and community will see the most significant growth. There will always be a group of church people who will come to the big building, but if we want to see significant growth among skeptics and seekers, we must create less threatening venues for them to explore the issues of faith. 2. The church will be launched into real mission. The local church is hungry to embrace the mission of the New Testament and this will only increase in the next decade. This next generation is tired of the hype of events and is eager to give their lives to something that requires sacrifice and results in biblical justice. They want to get their hands in the dirt of humanity and see real change in the communities where they live. They will come to the church building for some of the attractional events, but will get disillusioned quickly if these events do not result in real opportunities to serve their world. You can read two additional things Brady thinks may very well happen right here: via Brady Boyd | The Future of the Local Church – Updated. QUESTION:  What will YOUR church look like in 5, 10, 20, 50 years?  What do you HOPE it looks like? Todd
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My friend Brady Boyd pastors New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO.  Recently he sat down and thought about his last fifteen years in ministry.  As a result, he jotted down 15 things that he wishes someone would have told him fifteen years ago.  If you’re just starting out in ministry, consider this a head start on your next fifteen years!
1. Sheep bites can’t kill me, but the gnawing will make life miserable a few days each year.
2. No matter how hard I try, I will always be tempted to measure my success by attendance numbers.
3. The best thing I can do to build and grow God’s kingdom is to be myself and not compare myself to others.
4. It takes a long time to become old friends so nurture and cherish the old friendships God has given me.
5. I will only have as much spiritual authority as I am willing to submit to myself. Independence will destroy me but there is power in submission.
6. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Challenge people to go deeper even when the message is unpopular.
7. My brain will always feel like scrambled eggs on Sunday afternoon so don’t make any major decisions until Tuesday morning.
8. Some people will only trust you after a really long time of proving yourself and another group will never trust you no matter what you do.
9. Don’t feel guilty about taking a Sabbath. It was not a suggestion.
10. I will never regret spending time with my family instead of saying yes to a church meeting that someone else could lead.
1. Sheep bites can’t kill me, but the gnawing will make life miserable a few days each year. 2. No matter how hard I try, I will always be tempted to measure my success by attendance numbers. 3. The best thing I can do to build and grow God’s kingdom is to be myself and not compare myself to others. 4. It takes a long time to become old friends so nurture and cherish the old friendships God has given me. 5. I will only have as much spiritual authority as I am willing to submit to myself. Independence will destroy me but there is power in submission. 6. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Challenge people to go deeper even when the message is unpopular. 7. My brain will always feel like scrambled eggs on Sunday afternoon so don’t make any major decisions until Tuesday morning. 8. Some people will only trust you after a really long time of proving yourself and another group will never trust you no matter what you do. 9. Don’t feel guilty about taking a Sabbath. It was not a suggestion. 10. I will never regret spending time with my family instead of saying yes to a church meeting that someone else could lead. You can read more from Pastor Brady’s blog right here. He is always posting something that is challenging and informative!
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