Politics in the Church - Controversy

Key Life
Thursday March 30, 2017

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We’re living in toxic times, and pastors are often called by God to stand against the status quo. If God’s shepherds aren’t challenging their congregations, they’re no longer ministering to them… they’ve joined them. Join Steve, along with pastors Zach Van Dyke and Kevin Labby, as they talk about how pastors can prepare for, process, and protect themselves during the inevitable controversy that will come if they’re actually doing their job.

Politics in the Church - Paranoia

Key Life
Thursday December 15, 2016

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Most pastors are relatively good people. They’re kind, compassionate, and gentle. The problem is, when you’re that way, you tend to think everybody else is that way, too. Without being a little paranoid, pastors can trust too much and end up blindsided by those who are out to get them. Join Steve, along with pastors Zach Van Dyke and Kevin Labby, as they discuss the healthy pastoral paranoia that’s crucial for survival in ministry.

Grace Encounter Conference - Key Life Pastors’ Chat

Steve Brown
Thursday November 3, 2016

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On March 15-17 God’s people (needy and sinful people all) will be coming together across racial, ethnic, and cultural boundaries to experience, demonstrate, and proclaim God’s grace. We will love one another, forgive one another, and encourage one another with the message of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. The experience of the Grace Encounter Conference begins with this “Pastors’ Chat.” You don’t want to miss it.

Key Life Pastors’ Chat - Surviving Ministry

Key Life
Thursday October 20, 2016

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In our series, Politics in the Church, we’ve seen that church is often not a safe place for pastors. Stepping into the role of church leader can be like stepping into a hurricane. One of the most dangerous things for a pastor is to be naive about that. Join Steve as he talks with Michael Osborne about his new book, ‘Surviving Ministry: How to Weather the Storms of Church Leadership.’

Politics in the Church - Pockets of Power

Key Life
Tuesday September 20, 2016

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Formal places of power are often not the real places of power. Sometimes the little old lady teaching the Bible study can have more influence in the church than all the elders and deacons combined. A lot of pastors get into trouble when they don’t recognize these pockets of power. Listen for help with identifying pockets of power and how to deal with them. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Key Life Pastors’ Chat - Getting Fired & Moving On

Key Life
Wednesday June 22, 2016

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In our series, Politics in the Church, Steve has been helping pastors deal with power struggles in their congregations. We’ve seen that church is not a safe place for pastors unless they make it a safe place. But what happens when the uptight, angry, vocal minority in a church wins the battle and forces a good pastor and his family out?

Politics in the Church - Developing a Mean Streak

Key Life
Saturday May 28, 2016

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Christian subculture would have us believe that Jesus died to make us nice. Sure there’s the fruit of the Spirit, but being nice is something different. Being nice will cut the legs off of Christian boldness and keep truth from being spoken. Nice pastors will be eaten alive. Join Steve Brown as he chats with pastors Kevin Labby and Zach Van Dyke about the need for pastors to develop a mean streak.

Politics in the Church - Collecting Chips

Key Life
Tuesday April 12, 2016

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How can a pastor fulfill a genuine calling to love and serve God’s people—innocent as a dove—while being wise as a serpent about the necessity of playing politics? One way is to collect chips. Join Steve Brown for this Key Life Pastors Chat as he talks about one of the most controversial things he teaches seminary students.