Effective Teaching

This week I have found myself in several discussions focusing on effective teaching. These conversations drove me back to a work by William R. Yount entitled Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching. This work focuses on (1) The teacher as Dynamic Synergist (2) The Teacher as Instructor (3) The Teacher as Educational Manager and (4) The Teacher as “Minister”. In this work Dr. Yount points out that there are three systems of learning. He calls these...

Continue Reading

Follow Me

Matthew tells us that Jesus inaugurated His public ministry by issuing three significant calls to those who would follow Him. These calls transcend time, apply to each of us today, and are found in in Matthew 4:17-23. 1. Believe and Follow Jesus The first call is to Believe and Follow Jesus. In Matthew 4:17 we read, “From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!’” Answering the call to salvation is the first step...

Continue Reading

Crisis and Celebration

Lost. Just saying the word brings crisis. My mind immediately races back in time and remembers the trauma of losing my teaching Bible. Yes, the one with years of notes and well-scripted outlines. This Bible was given to me when I accepted the call into full-time ministry and had become a trusted teacher, friend, and ministry partner. For months, I searched my office, home, car, and the rooms where I taught. I literally searched the same spaces again and again...

Continue Reading

Real Faith Lives in a Real World

Buckle Up! I was reading today on social media where one of our church leaders was sitting by the fire at home with no heat. After a call to check on them my mind raced back to the Alabama blizzard of 1993. We were living in Alexander City, Alabama. Kristen was in elementary and the boys were yet to start preschool. In the midst of the blizzard our family was at home with no power, no heat, no water and...

Continue Reading

Join us for Cohort 4 of the Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist

The Ministry Residency is a one year residential ministry experience that equips and encourages leaders for life, ministry, disciple making, and kingdom advancement. This residency experience is designed to prepare the next generation of pastors, worship leaders, missionaries, and disciple makers to lead the church effectively through dynamic teaching, mentored ministry, and experiential learning. 1. Equipping the Next Generation of Church Leaders The Ministry Residency provides a unique opportunity for young men and women called to the ministry in the...

Continue Reading