On the internet, I am known as Timmy Brister. Why not Tim? Good question. It just so happened that the only domains available at the time (circa 2004) were “Timmy Brister” and consequently all my online accounts are somehow refer to me as such. So if you are meeting me for the first time online, feel free to call me Timmy Brister, but if we ever meet in person, I’m happy to be known as Tim.
I don’t consider myself to be a writer, but I love to write. This blog began in 2004 as an attempt to supplant a dysfunctional email newsletter and share with others the things God was teaching me while in seminary. Little did I know, people outside my immediate circle of friends and family began reading. Since that time, I have written over 3,000 articles or blogposts here with dozens others on other group blogs or websites I created over the past decade. During this time, I started a gathering called Band of Bloggers as an attempt to connect like-minded bloggers on a yearly basis. In our various meetings, we have partnering with publishers to give away over 25,000 books and resources to those who attended.
In the “real world,” I am the founder and president of Gospel Systems, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on creating and sustaining delivery systems for the advancement of the gospel around the world. In 2010, I started a delivery system called PLNTD – a network for church planting and revitalization focusing on resourcing, relational community, residencies in local churches, and regional networks. In 2012, I started an international delivery system call The Haiti Collective which focuses on equipping indigenous churches through church partnerships in order to care for orphans, make disciples, train leaders, and plant churches in Haiti.
In addition to serving as the executive director of these organizations, I have served for 12 years in pastoral ministry with churches in Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida. My passion is to see healthy, growing churches take ownership of the Great Commission to the end that disciples are making disciples, leaders are developed and deployed, and churches are planting churches here and around the world. This is the driving passion of my life and prayer that God would be so glorified in making His name great in our generation.
In order to effectively lead Gospel Systems and its respective ministries, I have created The Brister 100 Network where people, churches, businesses, or organizations can partner with us and our work. The Brister 100 Network is comprised of 100 partners who commit to pray, advocate, and give so that the maximum amount of effort and money can be leveraged toward the advancement of our mutually shared mission. If you would like to know more about The Brister 100 or join the network, please click here.
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