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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Billy Raies

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? Sovereign Grace Church in Midland, Texas. How long have you been a pastor? I have served as the senior pastor at Sovereign Grace Church for 20 years, and prior to that, I served for six years as an associate pastor at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans. How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace? We were adopted into Sovere...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Rick Gamache

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? I am a pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. How long have you been a pastor? Fourteen years this March. How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace? Our church was adopted in April 2003. Which churches are in your region? Covenant Life Fellowship in Roseburg, Oregon (David York, Bill Heard, and Mike Kell...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

The pastors of Sovereign Grace ratified a new polity and Book of Church Order in April 2013. The new polity called for our family of churches to be organized into geographic regions. Each region forms a Regional Assembly of Elders, which simply means that every ordained elder in those regional churches is a part of the Regional Assembly. The Regional Assembly of Elders in ...

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Free eBook: The Best of WorshipMatters.com

The Best of WorshipMatters.com BPFI

Bob Kauflin, the Director of Worship for Sovereign Grace, has been blogging at WorshipMatters.com since 2005. Since he started the blog, Bob has written hundreds of posts addressing a variety of topics related to worship. These topics include gospel-centered worship, reverence, idolatry, receiving correction, evaluating music, and many, many other topics. He has also answe...

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Jeff Purswell's List of Significant Pastoral Books Published In 2013

Jeff Purswell's 2013 Book List BPFI

The end of a year brings forth endless lists - “best of,” “worst of,” “most significant,” “most over-rated” - one last chance in the year for people to publish their opinions. Some lists are more useful than others, and for pastors, book lists are doubtless the most interesting.  Any such list, by definition, refle...

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Mark Prater: Introducing the Sovereign Grace Leadership Team

After being affirmed as the Executive Director of Sovereign Grace in May, one of the first things I set out to do was to work with the Executive Committee to form a Leadership Team. Leading Sovereign Grace is not a one-man job. I need a team of qualified men to serve our churches. After interviewing a number of qualified men and gaining the affirmation of the Executive Com...

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Council of Elders Statement

The Sovereign Grace Council of Elders held their inaugural meeting May 23-25, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. In addition to approving a motion to form a Strategy Committee for International Missions and confirming Mark Prater as the first Executive Director, the Council of Elders also approved, by a supermajority, the following statement to be sent to every Sovereign Grace chu...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 3]

This is Part 3 in a series on church governance. Read Part 1 and Part 2. If you believe in the primacy of the local church and the sober call of local pastors to give account for their local flock, perhaps you have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control to an extra-local ministry. As one who feels the same sober responsibility, I want to share the last 2 of...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 2]

This is Part 2 in a series on church governance. Read Part 1 and Part 3. As I said in my previous post, some pastors have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control of their church to an extra-local ministry. As a committed Congregationalist, who takes very seriously the charge to local pastors to care for and lead their local flock, I wanted to share some the ...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 1]

Handing Over Control

This is Part 1 in a series on church governance. Read Part 2 and Part 3. Handing Over Control? I know some pastors have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control of their church to an extra-local ministry. As a committed Congregationalist, in terms of extra-local polity, I thought it might be helpful to share my perspective for what it’s worth. I share ...

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