Entries by Stephen Brazzel


Ready to Move Forward

The IMPACT Conference has only been over a few hours as I write this. I’m exhausted and yet invigorated at the same time. I was so encouraged by those attending who were excited to learn, to grow their knowledge and skills to do ministry. I was encouraged by those who came to share their expertise […]

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Hello from London!

The last Sunday in July I had the privilege of preaching at this church in London. Cross Street Baptist Church is in the midst of a revitalization effort. Started by Charles Spurgeon, their pastor today is Nestor from Venezuela. Nestor has been there six years and the church has grown from only a few to […]

The Power of the Cross

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 Usually, when we “fall in love” with someone we are in love with the best of that person. We present our best to one another. Ladies put on the make-up and do their […]


Rebuilding a Kids Ministry

One of the greatest challenges to bringing a church back to life is overcoming the lack of children and young parents in the congregation. With Vacation Bible Schools happening across our association, it’s easy to forget that many churches have no kids, or very few kids in them. Sometimes, as a congregation ages, the only […]

From the DOM Search Committee

Dear Churches of Unity Baptist Association, ​On behalf of the DOM Search Committee, I am pleased to announce that our recommendation is that Steve Brazzel be hired as our permanent DOM. We initially brought on Steve to be our interim and to help us with the transition of resetting our association’s philosophy and strategy. Steve […]


Catfish Festival Leadership

To the Pastors of UBA, The greatest impact occurs when the church goes into the community instead of waiting for the community to come into the church. We want to provide opportunities each year for our churches to go together into the community. In 2019 one of these opportunities is the Huntington Catfish Festival. The […]


Open Doors and the Gospel

Years ago, on my first overseas mission trip to South Korea, we were walking the streets of Seoul with a local pastor, knocking open doors and sharing the gospel. That’s not a typo. We were knocking on doors with a force that would cause the doors to open and we said, “Hello, is anybody in […]

God’s Glory and God’s Church

This quote from “Reclaiming Glory: Creating a Gospel Legacy Throughout North America” by Mark Clifton stuck out to me: “Satan has been robbing God of his glory in that church for years, and he won’t give up that territory without a fight.“ The work of growing a church is extremely hard, much more difficult than […]