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There’s a lot of pressure today for pastors and leaders to build their “platform” in order to gain an audience and build influence. This is especially true if you are seeking to publish a book. With all the encouragement to self-promote and brand your identity online, how does this relate to the gospel call of taking up your cross and denying yourself? How do we make much of Christ when it seems so necessary to make much of our work?

On Tuesday, April 8th the 2014 Band of Bloggers with gather to fellowship together at Heritage Hall on the campus of Southern Seminary and discuss the important topic of “Platform Building and the Gospel.” Justin Taylor, Joe Thorn, Trevin Wax, and Denny Burk will share their thoughts as Collin Hansen facilitates the discussion many of us are already having online.

Registration is just $15 and includes Chick-fil-A lunch. As we have been known to do in the past, we will do our best to provide you will a bag full of great books and resources to take with you. You will not want to miss this gathering of bloggers, publishers, authors, and church leaders across the world.

Seated is limited, so register soon! Hope to see you there!

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There’s no shortage of conferences in the evangelical world today. Over the past couple of years, I forced myself to limit the number of conferences I attend to be more effective on the ground, and the decision-making process developed into a grid that filtered out the conferences that are fun (and enjoyable) but not necessary. Today, I want to share with you a conference I personally find necessary, and I hope you do too.

My good friend Johnny Grimes leads a great organization called Altar 84, which is dedicated to orphan care through the local church. On March 7th & 8th, they are hosting a conference at The Church at Brook Hills called Know More Orphans.” Here is a summary of the conference theme:

The Church has always been God’s plan for building his kingdom, and this includes securing justice for the poor and most vulnerable. Altar 84 desires to work intimately with the Body of Christ to care for the least of these, the orphan. On Friday, March 7th and Saturday March 8th, 2014, Altar84’s kNOw More Orphans Conference will seek to unite the church community for the call to care for orphans and vulnerable children – right here and around the world. The conference will provide AWARENESS of God’s Word and his command to take ACTION.

If you are a church leader interested in leading your church to care for orphans and build a culture of adoption, I encourage you to take advantage of this conference. Perhaps some of you may be interested in local foster care or adopting orphans internationally, I believe you will be blessed by the main sessions and helped with the practicality of the breakout sessions. Speakers at this conference include David Platt, Russell Moore, Tony Merida, and more.

Early bird registration ends one week from today (Jan. 17th), so take advantage of the special rate and register soon! I will be going and representing The Haiti Collective, along with some of our team. It should be a great time channeling our resources and leverage our lives for the sake of orphans here and around the world. Hope to see you there!

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In the vast array of conferences available today, church leaders can get attend an event for just about anything they are passionate about. Some people attend conferences because of the tribe they belong to; others go to conferences on the issues or practices they care most about. Over the past several years, I have forced myself to be more disciplined in my time away from family and local church responsibilities with attending and participating in conferences.  Having said that, one training event that I highly recommend and remain committed to participating in is the GCA National Conference

I’m not opposed to going to conferences or bootcamps where you can hear your favorite preacher deliver an encouraging or challenging message. We need those for sure. But more than that, we need more practitioner-driven, nuts-and-bolts training that can have tangible, ongoing benefit for the ministry leader. When it comes to church planting, I don’t know of any other organization that does this better than Steve Childers and Global Church Advancement.

On January 22-25, 2013, current and aspiring church planters will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners from across numerous networks, including Ed Stetzer, Randy Nabors, Randy Pope, Bob Cargo, Tom Wood, Larry Kirk, and others. I have personally attended this training twice and led as a practitioner twice. I have sent all of our church planters and their teams to the week of training as well. Needless to say, I’m a believer in the benefit this week brings in all aspects of church planting–theological, missiological, spiritual, and practical.

The training event takes place in Orlando, Florida (which will be stellar in January). The training is intensive and interactive. The community is engaging and encouraging. The instruction is practical and contextual. AND with the extension of the early bird discount to this Friday, the cost is rather affordable.

For those who register by this Friday, you will be able to take advantage of the early bird discount. This week of training is the equivalent of an entire seminary course on church planting at a fraction of the cost. I plan on being there (along with PLNTD) and hopefully will see some of you there as well.

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I’ve written a fairly decent amount of articles on triperspectivalism over the past couple of years, and this post is daily generating traffic from those inquiring about it. Outside of what I’ve written online, there are at least 3-4 other areas of church leadership and ministry where I’ve discovered triperspectivalism to be helpful. Some have asked if there was a way to package all that together in one place. In an effort to do that, I’m starting with a 5-hour mini conference on triperspectival leadership in conjunction with the PLNTD Nashville conference next weekend.

One week from today, I will lead folks in exploring the nature of triperspectivalism and how it works out in the local church. There are many approaches to leadership in the church, and the unique contribution triperspectival leadership makes is its distinct, gospel-driven framework established on the mediating offices of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King. This paradigm for leadership in the church has caught the attention of many, and as one can imagine, it can be easily misunderstood and misapplied. I will lead a 5-hour practicum to explore the theological foundation and practical application of triperspectival leadership, including spiritual formation, cultural engagement, leadership development, disciple-making, church transitions, prayer life, and preaching (possibly others). The goal of this pre-conference is to equip you with a gospel-driven form and framework for leading a gospel-centered church.

Thursday, November 1

6:00 Dinner
7:00 Session 1: Theology: The Nature, Purpose, and Limits of Triperspectivalism*
9:00 Q&A

* I will explain how triperspectivalism came about through the influence of John Frame primarily and secondarily through Vern Poythress, Drew Goodmanson, David Fairchild, Tim Keller, and others. Additionally I will hash out the various venues where the triads appear, including epistemology, ethics, Lordship, Christology, leadership, and virtue. From this theological foundation and fleshed out paradigm, we will see how these triads are applied in leadership in the local church.

Friday, November 2

8:00 Breakfast and Fellowship
9:00 Session 2: Praxis: Applying Tripersectivalism in Church Leadership*
12:00 Over

* In the second session, I explain the outworking of triperspectival leadership in various areas of church life, including biblical hermeneutics, Christ-centered preaching, gospel-centered spiritual formation, daily prayer rhythms, balancing pastoral priorities and practices, understanding church structures, creating culture (transitioning), cultural engagement, discipleship, and leadership development in gospel communities. The praxis of triperspectival leadership intends to see the gospel through not only what we do but how we do what we do.

There’s still some slots available for this pre-conference. It’s one week from today.
Register on Eventbrite and join us if you can!

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At the upcoming PLNTD Conference in Nashville, we are focusing on Gospel-Driven Leadership. We want to press into how the gospel shapes the leader, and out of that flowing a gospel-centered philosophy of leadership. When I first discovered the new book by Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, I thought to myself, “I need to get this book into the hands of as many church leaders as possible.”

Thankfully, Crossway has been generous enough to give a FREE copy to everyone who attends the Gospel-Driven Leadership Conference. This book, I believe, will be one of the most significant contributions to pastoral leadership in years. Watch the video below and check out some of the blurbs from evangelical leaders across the country.

»» To sign up for the conference and get a free copy of Dangerous Calling, click here.

Dangerous Calling from Crossway on Vimeo.

“This book is ‘good’ in the same way that heart surgery is good. It’s painful and scary and as you read it you’ll be tempted to run away from the truth it contains. But it just might save your life. Pastors need this book. I know I really needed it. It challenged me and rebuked me even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry.”
-Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep

Gospel-centered and grace saturated to the core, Dangerous Calling is a must read for any pastor or pastor in training who needs to be encouraged by the reminder that Jesus came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves or others.”
-Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Dangerous Calling is a dangerous book to read. It is also a book every person in ministry should read. It will cut you to the heart and bring massive conviction if you read it with a humility and ask God to expose sins deeply hidden in your soul. It cuts, but it also provides biblical remedies for healing. I would love to put this book in the hand of every seminarian who walks on my campus.”
-Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Pastoral ministry is a dangerous calling, and this is a dangerous book. It will not leave you unchanged. Pastors need pastors, and by God’s grace, every page of this book will minister to your heart, your marriage, your family, and the people you serve—in ways you never thought you needed it. This book digs down into the inner recesses of our hearts to reveal our greatest idols and point to our greatest needs. ”
-Burk Parsons, Associate Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida; editor, Tabletalk magazine

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Coming up at the beginning of next month (Nov. 1-3), PLNTD is hosting a regional training event in Nashville focusing on Gospel-Driven Leadership. I am excited about this event for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the two men helping forward the important initiative of raising up and sending out gospel-driven leaders in local churches. Ed Stetzer and Trevin Wax have agreed to spend the weekend with us, providing instruction and encouragement on how church leaders are shaped by the gospel and driven through a distinctly gospel-centric philosophy of leadership.

Recently, I asked Trevin to share about why he’s speaking at this training event and what he hopes God will do in the lives of those who attend.

Tim: Trevin, you have helped many of us thinking carefully about the gospel. Why is it important to explore the relationship of gospel centrality to church leadership?

Trevin: When the theological underpinnings of ministry practice are unseen, then we have a disconnect between theology and ministry philosophy. So, for example, we say the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, but then we sometimes act as if it’s the gospel needs to be propped up by our creativity, our innovation, etc. There’s a disconnect, and this leads to a number of practical handbooks for ministry that are largely devoid of theological substance.

A lot of gospel-centered guys recognize this disconnect between theological foundation and pragmatic church practice, but unfortunately we swing the pendulum too far the other way. We love theology to the exclusion of practical ministry guidance. I want us to make sure we’re not being reactionary. We do need to see how the gospel impacts the day-to-day life of the leader.

I am learning as I go when it comes to leadership, and I’m excited to jump into a conversation with the people at this conference about gospel-cetnered leadership and what it looks like.

Tim: Do you think a greater understanding and commitment to the gospel could produce greater health and longevity of church leaders in difficult situations?

Trevin: Yes, but I’d want to be careful not to imply that we make it through difficult situations by gritting our teeth and holding doggedly to the gospel message. It’s not the gospel (as message) we cling to, but the Savior who has revealed Himself to us through that message. The way we persevere through adversity is by holding tightly to the Savior who we know (because of the gospel) is holding tightly to us. It’s personal.

In my preparation for this conference, I’ve been amazed at the emphasis in the Gospels on “being with Jesus.” Gospel-centered leading is following. Not a list of rules and regulations, but following a Savior. Our work for Jesus flows out of our life with Jesus.

Tim: We are grateful for your participation and leadership for our upcoming conference! What are you praying God will do in the lives of those who attend?

Trevin: I’m praying that the Lord will grant us eyes to see His glory and hearts to see His compassion for lost people, so that we’ll be overflowing with passion as we lead others to join His mission of seeking and saving the lost.


For the next two weeks, you can register for this training event using the special promotional code “timmybrister” and receive 25% discount of regular registration (which is just $49). Additionally, everyone who attends this conference will receive a FREE copy of Trevin’s excellent book, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope! The conference is right around the corner, so don’t delay. I hope to see many of you there!



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We are two weeks away from the PLNTD/Gospel Appliance New England Conference on “Cultivating Gospel Mission”. We are pumped to have Scotty Smith, Caesar Kalinowski, and Jared Wilson speaking to a nice cadre of men and women from around New England on gospel renewal and reviving work of mission in this pioneering region of the country.

Over two months ago, we sold out of the pre-conference, where Caesar Kalinowski will be teaching on “The Story-Formed Way”.  We are glad to announce that we have made it possible for 10 more slots for this pre-conference training. In order to take advantage of this opening, those interested need to register on our conference Eventbrite page. These pre-conference registrations will likely go quickly, so be sure to sign up ASAP if you are looking to attend.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Portland! I hear Maine is beautiful this time of year . . .

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The third and final training event in the “Cultivating” theme of the PLNTD Network is scheduled to take place Nov. 1-3, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier this Spring, PLNTD hosted “Cultivating Gospel Community” in South Florida with Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. Next month, PLNTD will host “Cultivating Gospel Mission” in New England with Caesar Kalinowski and Scotty Smith. And finally, on November 1-3, PLNTD will host “Cultivating Gospel Leadership” in Nashville with Ed Stetzer and Trevin Wax.

In some circles you can find a lot of the conversation focused on church leadership. In other circles, a lot of the conversation is about gospel centrality. However, rarely do you find those two topics addressed by the same people. In the Nashville training event, we hope to forward the development of thinking in this regard, namely to have a philosophy of leadership driven by a robust commitment of the gospel and seeing its implications worked out in local church life.

To do this, we have asked Ed Stetzer and Trevin Wax to come and speak on what exactly gospel-driven leadership looks like in the church. Stetzer will tackle the topic largely from a leadership emphasis while Wax will help us think about leadership from a gospel grid, bringing emphasis to how our identity in Christ shapes how we lead others in ministry. In addition to these main session talks, there will also be two panel discussions and two breakout sessions to break down gospel-driven leadership in greater detail, including its practical outworking in various seasons and ministry contexts.

Some of you here know that I have studied and written somewhat extensively about triperspectivalism and church leadership. For the Nashville training event, I agreed to do a pre-conference (limited to 40 people) on the nature, framework, and outworking of triperspectivalism in church life, including cultural engagement, disciple-making, spiritual formation, preaching, prayer, and leadership development. This will take place Thursday night (Nov. 1) and Friday morning (Nov. 2). If you are looking to consider a gospel-centered philosophy of leadership, I encourage you to jump into this pre-conference! It will be practical and interactive, giving you margin to explore how such a paradigm of leadership could work in your church or ministry.

This training event is open to pastors and church planters, to leadership teams and launch teams, to seminary/college students and ministry interns/apprentices. Basically, if you are aspiring to lead in the local church and want to press into a distinctly gospel-driven flavor of leadership, we encourage you to come!

This week only, we have a special registration rate of just $29. At midnight Saturday night, this opening rate registration will end, so don’t delay! You can get all the details about hotels, restaurants, schedule, etc. at the conference website. I hope to see many of you there!

Conference Website || Register!


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I am a big fan of the Together for Adoption movement! I am an even bigger fan after they have graciously agreed to support the Haiti Collective and our efforts to care for the 1,600+ orphans in our Haitian churches.  Here’s the deal. Everyone who registers for the upcoming Together for Adoption Conference in Atlanta and enters “Haiti Collective” in the Project Code, $10 will be donated to The Haiti Collective. Pretty cool!

For those who don’t know much about Together for Adoption Conference, it is taking place September 14-15 at Crosspointe Church in Atlanta, GA. Speakers include Tony Merida, Leonce Crump, Anthony Carter, Noel Piper, and Dan Cruver. There are numerous, very practical breakout sessions as well. If you have ever considered adoption yourself or would like to be an advocate of orphans around the world, let me encourage you to attend this conference. It will be well worth your time and money.

For those who don’t know much about the Haiti Collective, we are an indigenous church-based network in Haiti (in part) caring for 1,600 orphans in some of the most rural places of Haiti, including areas severely affected by the recent cholera outbreak. The Libere Project provides these orphans with two meals a day, water purification systems for drinking, cooking, and bathing, and education opportunities through church-centered orphan schools.

I am very grateful for the support of Dan Cruver and the T4A team and hope many of you consider attending their conference. If you do, please be sure to enter “Haiti Collective” in the Project Code as a portion of your registration will go toward the Libere Project and directly ministering to the needy orphans under our care. Thank you!


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PLNTD announced today its second regional conference of the year – Cultivating Gospel Mission, scheduled to take place on September 20-22, 2012 in Portland, Maine. Main session speakers will be Scotty Smith and Caesar Kalinowski, with breakout sessions with Jared Wilson. This week only, you can register for 50% off regular ticket price for just $29 (discount ends Friday night). If you live in the New England or Canada area, be sure to check this training event out.

Here’s a blurb from the conference website:

We live in a day where it is commonplace to hear the words “gospel-centered” and “missionally-driven”. The danger, however, is to use those phrases in ways that diminish their meaning to that of a cliché. At the 2012 New England Training Event, PLNTD partners with the Gospel Alliance to focus on why those phrases are grounded in God and His purposes for the church.

Every church planter and pastor should lead their people to live gospel-centered lives on mission as those who have been sent by God. What does that kind of life look like? How does articulate this kind of vision to people in their community? These are the kinds of questions we hope to address as we gather together on September 20-22.

This training event is open to anyone who would like to be instructed and encouraged to cultivate gospel mission, including pastors, church planters, aspiring ministry leaders, leadership teams, and the like.

Unlike the typical conference format, the goal of this training event is interaction, integration and application of teaching and instruction. Our desire is that you leave equipped with practical instruction, edified through meaningful fellowship, and encouraged by Christ-centered passion for greater kingdom advance.

Join us as we press into the call to be oriented around the mission of church and saturated in the message of the gospel!

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