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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Ask for a Pastor

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 24, 2011

Last week and this week I am speaking in the Arabian Peninsula. The photo shows me speaking to 72 leaders from 26 evangelical agencies and/or churches in the Middle East, gathered for a conference at a mission hospital in our host city. In the hospital’s chapel, I was asked to speak on “Developing Leaders in the Strength God Supplies,” and we gave away books from Desiring God.

Sam teaching

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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