Thank you for joining us on the Front Pew! One of our desires with this podcast is to glorify the Lord by sharing stories of His transforming grace in the lives of some people we know. Our first testimony of grace is from our friend Kemp England.
We hope you are encouraged by this conversation about a kid who grows up in a little town, raised by a single mom, who grows up to be a star athlete in high school, married, a father of two, who lived in great spiritual despair, trying to do everything he could to be saved. One day, sitting at a picnic table in park, that all changed as God's grace opened his eyes.
This was such a fun conversation as we talk about worshiping in a black church vs. a white church, speaking in tongues, and what it was like for a black man from Maiden to marry a white girl from upstate New York, among other things!
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Welcome to a new episode from the Front Pew! A couple weeks ago we received an email from a listener asking us to talk about how to lead change in the church. Here is part of the email:
"How do you lead change? Some say you really need to bring people along during change...get investors, create buy-in. Others say 'I am the pastor...God has called me here, I know where to go, just follow me.' Which way is right? And how do you lead change when the folks you are leading are much older?"
Those are great questions, and hopefully we answered them in a helpful way. Take a listen and let us know what suggestions you might have as either a pastor or a pew sitter for navigating change in the church.
In this episode Chris takes time to mourn Chuck Berry and makes fun of Ben's name. Ben tries to claim that Chris is a Calvinist, and they both reflect on a recent visit to a Brazilian steak house.
Also, this week we air a special commercial that we think will inspire you!
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Every community has several churches, especially in the South. Jesus prayed that His followers would be one, that we would be united in His mission, even though we may attend different local fellowships. In the heart of many pastors and church members, we often view other ministries, other churches, and other pastors as competitors. We compete for church members, we compete for dollars, we compete for ministry influence.
What if we viewed each other as co-laborers in the gospel, rather than competitors? What if we collaborated together instead of competing with each other?
In this episode we discuss how pastors and churches can show the community our unity in the gospel and mission by being intentional about collaborating with each other. We discuss 6 ideas that we believe will encourage this in your church and community:
 Pastors being committed to gathering with each other weekly to pray for one another.
 Praying for other congregations when your local church gathers on Sunday mornings.
 Finding a time to worship together as a collection of churches in one service, for example, a Good Friday Service.
 Doing community ministry together.
 Agreeing to pastor together by encouraging healthy church membership and discouraging church hopping in your community.
 Preaching a sermon series together and swapping pulpits.
This has been our experience as 2 local pastors serving 2 different churches in 1 small town, and it has been transforming for us and hopefully for our congregations as well. That's why this episode was so enjoyable for us to record. We hope you enjoy it as well!
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Well, it happened again. We recorded a show, which was a great show by the way, and Chris' computer crashed for a second time! So we now have two lost episodes, both of which were phenomenal! We grabbed an old laptop and recorded to it, and we aren't real sure how the sound will be...thanks for listening and being patient with us as a couple of very un-technical pastors try to be technical with sound equipment!
In this episode we conclude our discussion of the 5 questions that help us form an biblical understanding of the church:
 What is the local church?
 Why do we gather?
 Who is the pastor?
 What role does the Bible play?
 How do people really change?
Before we discuss our love for the church, Chris goes on a little Carolina rant, which he is apt to do from time to time. And if you listen carefully, the always nice and gentle Ben gets a little negative and mean!
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Welcome to the new episode of the Front Pew...we really appreciate you spending some time with us. In this podcast we begin asking five foundational questions which help us form a biblical view of the church. That might sound boring, but trust us, it is a fascinating and interesting conversation!
Plus, Chris comes out of retirement to play one final church league basketball game, and both Ben and Chris wonder what Adele would sing if she was invited to our church.
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In this episode we continue our discussion about the church and the scorecards we keep. As pastors who serve the local church, we both love the body of Christ and desire to see God use the church to "turn the world upside down" with the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church. But there is a real and serious problem that we face: statistics seem to show that our communities are largely unreached with the gospel and the church is failing in the mission. In our own community it is estimated that 75% are not connected to Christ or His church. So, how do we solve this problem? What is the best approach of the local church to accomplish the mission given to us by Christ?
We wade into the issue of attractional vs. doctrinal vs. missional church models, and even discuss the use of gimmicks to draw a crowd. Ben asks the question, "What does God really want?" when it comes to our ministries, gatherings, and mission endeavors. It is an important question and one that every pastor and church member should think through. We try to think through it a little bit in this episode, and we are thankful to have you listen in and join in the conversation.
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Most of us believe that God is blessing our ministry and our churches, right? But how do we know? What should we look for as evidence that God's hand is on our church? In this episode we wade into the subject of "ministry scorecards." What are we keeping score of and why?
If you are a pastor, what is your scorecard that reveals to you that you are successful in ministry? If you are a member of a church, how do you recognize the blessing of God? What are you counting as proof that God is at work in your church?
This was a fun conversation and is the launching pad for continuing this important discussion. Thanks for listening and sitting with us on the Front Pew.
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In episode 2 Ben shared his story of how a boy from Scranton finds himself a pastor in Denver, NC. Now in episode 3 it is Chris' turn to tell his story, which includes flunking out of college, questioning the faith he grew up with, and navigating bouts of depression while celebrating God's grace and mercy.
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