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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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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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