When Leaders Gather

Posted by Brady Boyd

This week we are hosting leaders from around the country at our New Life Leadership and Worship Conference. Our entire team looks forward to this time every year because it is a chance to have conversations and learn from some of the best pastors, leaders and volunteers on the planet. When I attend a gathering of [...]

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Sincerity Is Better than Cool

Posted by Brady Boyd

Sincerity - speaking and acting honestly and truthfully; someone who is free from pretense and is genuine. We pastors are a troublesome tribe at times.  None of us will admit to being copycats of the cool, but let one young pastor start a fast growing church and suddenly many of us will begin wearing the same [...]

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FOMO -The Fear of Missing Out

Posted by Brady Boyd

Ten minutes into our requested breakfast meeting, I regretted having said yes. The young man who had asked for the get-together—he needed some pastoral coaching, evidently—was sitting across from me at the diner, and now, there at the restaurant, with my full attention pointed his way, he had the gall to check his smart phone [...]

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Leadership Under Pressure

Posted by Brady Boyd

“What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (A letter from his mentor Paul) When a leader [...]

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Good Government from God

Posted by Brady Boyd

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you [...]

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Blind Spots and the Crashes they Cause

Posted by Brady Boyd

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 My pickup was red and shiny and had tires with chrome rims that would blind you if the sun hit at just the right angle. Pam and her parent’s toy poodle were in the front seat and we were driving through our hometown on [...]

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William Wallace and My Book about Women

Posted by Brady Boyd

I have agreed to write an e-book about the role of women in church and the inspiration came from an unlikely source. I was watching Braveheart, the movie inspired by the life of Scottish warrior William Wallace, and a particular scene helped clarify a big idea about this very important topic. There is a scene [...]

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The Blessings and Challenges of a Young Team

Posted by Brady Boyd

We are really blessed to have a great team of young leaders at New Life, but a young team also brings unique challenges that not all churches are ready to face. In fact, most churches tend to lean toward more mature pastors and leaders because of these potential messes. While I value maturity and believe [...]

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The Praying Church

Posted by Brady Boyd

Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches. Most churches pause during their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual, but certainly out of sincerity. But, how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind every spiritual advancement? 1. Prayer is modeled Prayer [...]

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The Civil War – Pragmatists vs. Idealists

Posted by Brady Boyd

The leaders of most local churches generally are influenced by either pragmatism or idealism when making decisions and leading their congregations. Leaders who are pragmatists tend to assess situations and solve problems in a practical, matter-of-fact way. Idealists tend to be moved by all the possibilities, while pragmatists immediately see the limitations. The truth is [...]

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