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Strengthening Pastors


I would like to welcome you on behalf of our president Gary Wilkerson and our COO John Bailey to our platform aimed at encouraging and equipping biblical pastors. It is our hope that this be a resource to help pastors who find themselves in a wide variety of pastoral contexts all around the world. We hope that in the weeks and months to come to provide a variety of content that we pray will enrich your ministry, strengthen your walk with God, and serve as an encouragement as you live out the calling of God on your life. We will be talking about the trials and joys, the mountaintops, and pitfalls, and all the beautiful challenges that come along with the privilege of shepherding God’s people and preaching God’s word. We look forward to connecting with you and walking alongside you as you fight the good fight of faith.

In Christ,
Joshua West

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Leader to Leader

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The statistics for Christian young adults who lose their faith in high school or early twenties are alarming. How should church leaders respond in order to turn this tide? In this episode, John Bailey is joined by Evan Wilkerson who shares how his journey back to faith inspires his work to answer the burning questions of young people about God and the Bible. Honest conversation that address young adults’ questions is the first step in helping them build a faith that lasts.

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“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

“... preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

2 Timothy 4:1-5

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Teaching Series

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In this first video in a nine-part series, Pastor Joshua West, shares many helpful insights. As Joshua explains, preaching involves proclamation, explanation, and application. True biblical preaching leads to transformation, especially as preachers are obedient to God’s Word.

Do you know the three aims of a biblical sermon? In part two of this series on preaching, Pastor Joshua West outlines essential elements of a biblical sermon. Exposition, proclamation, and application are key, but so is knowing your audience. While a biblical sermon can encourage believers, unbelievers must be called to repentance that can lead to salvation.

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” This verse shows how important it is to preach biblical sermons. In part three of this series, Pastor Joshua West explains expository, textual, and topical sermons, showing the value of each approach.

What is essential in all good biblical sermons? Pastor Joshua West tells us that a biblical text is critical to every sermon. In part four of his nine-part series, Joshua also shares how crucial it is to see through the lens of the Bible. Citing passages such as Titus 1:9 and 1 Timothy 4:13 we can understand the centrality of Scripture and the importance of reading it publicly

Are you equipped with the resources you need to preach biblical sermons? In part five of his series, Pastor Joshua West highlights eight incredibly useful tools that will help you succeed in your pastoral calling. Some of these critical tools include a good Bible translation, original language resources for understanding Greek and Hebrew, Bible commentaries, systematic theologies, and more.

In Colossians 4:2, Paul encourages the church to, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” In part six of his series on biblical preaching, Pastor Joshua West exhorts pastors to remember the importance of prayer as a crucial spiritual discipline and as part of our preaching.

Did you know that studying is key to preparing a successful biblical sermon? Continuing his series on biblical preaching, Pastor Joshua West talks about the role of study in sermon preparation. As lifelong students of God’s Word, pastors need to pray, prepare their hearts, and study before preaching.

While there’s no perfect way to write a sermon, in this video Pastor Joshua West offers several helpful tips to help you communicate clearly, while also reminding us to handle God’s Word correctly. After providing an overview of the expository method, Pastor Joshua informs viewers how to craft a good homiletical outline, noting that a biblical text is always at the heart of a strong sermon.

How can you preach with power and conviction? In this final video in his nine-part series on biblical preaching, Pastor Joshua West encourages viewers to trust in God and his guidance. Successful preaching is not a formula but is rooted in our faithfulness to God and his Word.

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Messages

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New York | Session 1 | Gary Wilkerson

How do church leaders respond when they are tired of fighting for the church? In this session, Gary Wilkerson discusses the passage in Matthew 4 where Christ fasts for 40 days then is tempted by the devil.

New York | Session 2 | Tim Dilena

Sometimes our convictions from the Spirit are turned into uncertain questions in the middle of trials. In this session, Tim Dilena examines John the Baptist’s declaration “Here is the Lamb of God!” which turned into a question about if Jesus was the Messiah after John was put in prison.

New York | Session 3 | R.T. Kendall

The account of King Saul, the prophet Samuel and young David has important implications for modern church leaders. In this session, R. T. Kendall discusses the lessons that God has for pastors in this particular historical account of Israel’s leaders.

Session 1 | Gary Wilkerson

What does repentance and revival look like for the church and Christian leaders? Gary Wilkerson examines the book of Jeremiah where the prophet struggles with a corrupt culture, compromised religious leaders and deep discouragement when his message isn't received. Many church leaders are weary and overwhelmed by society's pressures, feeling tempted to soften the hard edges of the Bible. When the scriptures talk about consuming zeal and 'fire in the bones', how do we find that passion? Gary explores the challenging answers to this question.

Session 2 | Tim Dilena

In between asking God for something and receiving what we asked for, there is a gap of time where we can become angry, confused and hopeless while waiting for God to answer our prayer. Because God is a loving Father, he will never give us a position or possession that our immaturity could sabotage. When you ask God for something, you won’t get the thing you asked for right away. Instead, you will receive a journey that will get you ready for the thing you’re asking for. Tim Dilena powerfully shares that while you’re waiting, ask God to grow you and trust that God’s timing is the best timing for you.

Session 3 | Carter Conlon

How do you view God's grace in your salvation? Your answer reveals a great deal of how you view Jesus' work on the cross and The New Covenant in Christ was preordained in the Godhead before the world was even formed. In this session, Pastor Carter Conlon lays out the foundation of New Covenant theology. He opens up the scriptures from Genesis through Jesus’ life, and he explains how vitally important it is to understand the reasons why our redemption was not a covenant between God and man but rather between God and himself.

Session 4 | Ron Brown

God's people should never grow tired of telling the story of Jesus and his love. When God initiates a relationship with a person, that's where the fire begins. In this session, Ron Brown discusses how keeping Jesus at the center of our lives will close the doors to temptation and burnout because the fire of God continually inflames his people's hearts. Believers must never lose sight of the fact that the greatest miracles are a God who loves his children so greatly and a life that has been transformed.

Session 5 | Carter Conlon

Each day, are you moved by the fact that you have the third person of the Godhead living in your body? In this session, Carter Conlon discusses how to resist the consuming draw of works-based religion. Instead, believers should grow increasingly enamored with being in God's presence and ministering to him. The fruits of the Spirit and strength of his calling are not things Christians can develop in their own strength. These are gifts from time spent with Christ in prayer, meditation and worship. Only then will believers grasp the living power of the New Covenant.

Session 6 | John Bailey

Most people don't like conflict, but conflict is knocking on the doors of the church. It is going to take people with a backbone and a knowledge of the gospel to confront a generation that is hostile against Christ. In this session, John Bailey explores how God's people grow in boldness and spiritual authority in the face of an increasingly dark world. While believers may feel insignificant, God has placed each one of his people in their communities for a reason. While some may feel overwhelmed, God has supplied each of his children with the power they need to speak up in a corrupt generation.

Session 9 | Joshua West

What does it mean to say "The Word of the Lord has power"? Believers may say that easily, but how many could define exactly what it entails? In this session, Joshua West unpacks what the Bible means when it says that God's Word is the only true way to genuine change. Spiritual power comes from knowledge of the scriptures hand-in-hand with a reverent fear of the Lord. Out of this will not only come power but also a love for people and a passion to see them saved and set free from sin's shackles.