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Local Ministry, Unstable Foundations, and Church Partnership

Local Ministry, Unstable Foundations BPFI

This post is the first in a series on encouraging strong, meaningful church partnerships. I want to convince you about the importance of real, biblical partnership between churches––the kind that involves councils and committees and even a Book of Church Order––and I want to do this by telling you about a house I once almost bought. Miraculously, ...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Keith Collins

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans, LA. How long have you been a pastor? I have been a pastor since 1993, so 22 years now. I was saved out of a Catholic background as a teenager, was educated as a mechanical engineer, and was eventually raised up from within the church and brought into full time ministry as a pastor. How long have...

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New Direction for Our Blog

New Direction for Our Blog BPFI

Sovereign Grace is a family of churches who partner together to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to fulfill our mission by planting and strengthening churches, training pastors, producing resources, and engaging in missions throughout the world. Because of this glorious mission, we want to give our Plant & Build blog some new direction. The primary aim of o...

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What We're Reading This Summer

What We're Reading This Summer BPFI

Tomorrow is the first day of Summer. This time of year is a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy God’s creation, and work through your piles of books. As one who enjoys recommendations from others, I asked our leadership team to share with you what they hope to read this summer and why they’ve picked those books. Here are some of their responses: Mark Prat...

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The Kindness of God at Our Pastors College Graduation

The Kindness of God at Our Pastors College Graduation BPFI

This past Sunday, the Class of 2014 graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. The Lord has been faithful to us in many ways. His grace which sustained and strengthened these men throughout the year was on vivid display at their graduation. Consider, for instance, this email from a friend of one of our graduates, who traveled from Iowa to attend the ceremony: ...

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Of Sequoias, Partnerships, and a Regional Assembly of Elders

2014 Northeast Regional Elders Retreat

Sequoia Surprises Those who know me well know my fascination with Sequoias. Some of these herbal behemoths live for thousands of years, stand some 250–300 feet into the air, branch out with limbs bigger than every tree that most of us have ever seen, weigh in at 2,000,000 pounds, are voluminous enough to swallow 13 blue whales, and are so fat that four tractor trail...

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The Surprise Retirement Of A Professional Athlete Is Proof That Our Words Matter

Our Words Really Matter BPFI

On Sunday, the Huffington Post published an article written by Rashard Mendenhall entitled “Why I Retired at 26”. After playing 6 seasons as a successful running back in the NFL, Rashard announced his retirement at the young age of 26. Being a Steelers fan, the article caught my attention because Rashard played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 5 seasons, winning...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Tim Shorey

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? I am an elder in Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, and Lead Pastor of our Risen Hope Church campus. Risen Hope, in Drexel Hill, PA, is a campus of CFC designed to become a plant in the next few years. How long have you been a pastor? I became a senior pastor in 1982 when I was 23 years old and have served in pastora...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Mickey Connolly

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? Crossway Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. How long have you been a pastor? I’ve been a pastor for 29 years. I was a P.E. major in college and got saved later in life, when I was 28. I had an immediate desire for full-time Christian ministry, but I was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic church, so I had do idea wh...

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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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