More Options

share

What John Piper Showed the Desiring God Board

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 27, 2011

At the most recent meeting of the board of Desiring God, John Piper brought some devotional reflections from 2 Chronicles 16.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

10 Lessons From 6 & 7

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 12, 2011

At a recent pastoral staff meeting, Pastor John Piper led devotions with the following observations.

There are so few leaders. So many are followers.

Change is what leaders are for—confidently, not despairingly.

The Old Testament is a record of failure after failure and mercy after mercy.

10 Summary Lessons From Judges 6 & 7 [the Gideon story] About God

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Am I an Obstacle?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 9, 2011

“The leader is the biggest obstacle to what God wants to do.”
—Mark Bjorlo, Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference church planter in Brainerd, Minnesota, during a seminar at the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference annual meeting in Eagan, October 28, 2011

If he’s right, what kind of obstacle am I to my marriage, my family, my church, my jurisdiction at work?

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Small Group Blog Begins

Published by: Anonymous
September 26, 2011

The leaders of Bethlehem Baptist Church believe God has called us as shepherds "to equip the saints (you!) for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God" (Ephesians 4:11–13).

The end: Being one in knowing God and trusting him for all things.
The process: Entrusting Spirit-filled people with the teaching and tools to care for one another.

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.—Romans 12:5

 Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Pray for Paul Tripp

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 16, 2011

Bethlehem’s elders have solicited the services of Paul Tripp to assist us in infusing more Christlikeness—especially wisdom and love—into our relational culture. I join the others in eagerly desiring to be more like Jesus, speaking the truth in love. I fall so very short of Christlikeness so often.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Friday Q & A #20

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 22, 2011

What does it mean to be a Campus Pastor? What role, responsibility, and authority does he have? Same questions for the leadership team.

Specifically, each Lead (Campus) Pastor works to mobilize the pastors and elders of his campus to provide care for the campus congregation as well as see that the Word is faithfully taught and preached. It is also his responsibility to coordinate collaborative pastoral leadership on his campus in the ministry areas of worship and outreach.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Granting a Moral Status?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 13, 2011

Recently Bethlehem’s leadership team read together (orally) major portions of a document “Leadership and Church Size Dynamics,”  by Tim Keller, in which he says, “Every church has a culture that goes with its size and which must be accepted.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

On Being Promoted

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 13, 2011

I was recently asked by a man who was a member of an employee union what I thought he should do about an invitation to leave the union and join the management where he worked. My responses included the following:

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

Pray for Bethlehem's Leadership Team

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 31, 2011

We meet all day today to refine our philosophy of discipleship which will shape other decisions such as how to think about counseling at Bethlehem, how to structure staffing, and how to help our people steward their households.

The Leadership Team pastors

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

What Is Maturity?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 2, 2011

I shared the following observations about maturity at a recent staff meeting and was urged by staff to post it on this blog. I asked, “What is maturity?”

Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
—Ephesians 4:13

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
—Colossians 1:28

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

Subscribe via feed   Subscribe via Email

© 2014 Bethlehem Baptist Church