Entries by Stephen Brazzel

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Tithing in a Post Pandemic World

The way we do church changed drastically in March. Shutdowns implemented as the coronavirus outbreak began forced most of our churches to move exclusively online with some pastors delivering their first video messages ever. Churches were quick to adapt to this forced change. Facebook pages sprung up, youtube accounts were opened, and schedules changed almost […]

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Alone in the Crowd

I’ve been reading through the Psalms and last month came across Psalm 42 again. You may not remember it but you are probably familiar with the first verse: As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. What you might miss if you only sing the song is that this Psalm […]

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A Family Discussion

Every family needs to have a conversation about going back to church. Not whether you will go back, but when and how you will go back. Let’s be clear, every person, every family should be vitally involved in a local church. The local church is the expression of the body of Christ and is the […]

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Change is Just Ahead

Generally I like change. I tend to embrace new experiences, new challenges, and new opportunities. I like to go to new places and meet new people. I enjoy the process of finding and casting vision, of taking what may have become ritual and remaking it into what can be meaningful, and of repurposing the unused […]

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Take the #21DAY Challenge

The #21DAY Challenge is an opportunity for you and your church to elevate the act of evangelism as we get closer to Easter Sunday. The challenge is simple: Commit to pray everyday beginning on March 23, for God to open doors for you to share your faith, Commit to share your faith at least one […]

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Partners in Revitalization

This past week we had Kenneth Priest speak at our Executive Board meeting. Kenneth is the interim director of the Center for Church Revitalization at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kenneth has been deeply involved in the revitalization movement for over 20 years and we appreciate the wisdom he shared with us last Monday. As our […]