Clergy Appreciation Month is in October. Let's start planning now, not only for your Pastor's special day, but how we can support our church leaders all year round! Bless Your Pastor Campaign is a movement giving laypeople practical ideas to refresh and support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in service. Brian Kluth offers us creative and memorable ways to encourage Pastors and their families, outside of financial gifts!
Songwriter, worship leader, author, artist and Bible teacher, Laura Story has released a memoir of her personal turmoil. Laura's husband had a brain tumor, and her son was born with a cleft palate. She shares transparently of her disappointments, maintianing faith through hardship, and that surrender is the secret to a life of joy.
What is a “church?” What makes a church “healthy”? Are there certain characteristics of a church that determine its health?
Scripture gives clearly defined structure for the local church - for both the pulpit and the pew. Today, Lead Pastor Matt Walker from Geist Community Church joins Kelli with an invitation! In partnership with 9Marks and Indianapolis Theological Seminary, GCC’s fall Renew will look at the biblical practices for the local church. Throughout the weekend various pastors will teach on these key characteristics, and how you - no matter your role in your local assembly - are a vital part of supporting and encouraging these characteristics in your local church. Please consider joining our community at this unifying conference.
Pastor Brian Kluth is a Christian speaker and writer on generosity, God's provisions, and legacy living. His books and materials have over 650,000 copies in print and have been translated into over 40 languages.
Brian is the National Director for NAE’s grant-funded NAEfinancialheath.org and BlessYourPastor.org programs to improve the financial health of pastors and generosity in churches. In 2009, he was called and commissioned by his church to become a Generosity Minister-at-Large to the world. His wife Sandi passed away after an 8-year cancer journey. He remarried a Christian woman whose spouse also had passed away. They make their home in Denver and have four young adult children.
Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter, and bestselling author. The song "Blessings" was certified GOLD in 2011 and inspired her first book "What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops." She has a master's of theological studies and a doctorate in worship studies! She's served as the worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005. Laura's greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin, and Timothy.
Matt Walker grew up in northern Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A mission trip to England led him from pursuing engineering to vocational Christian ministry. In 2005 he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree and has since served as associate and senior pastor of churches in Texas, Iowa, and Indiana.
In 2009 Pastor Matt become the senior pastor of Geist Community Church. Matt's passion in ministry is to reach the surrounding community and the ends of the earth with the Gospel of Jesus. Matt enjoys spending time with his family and almost any activity that involves being outdoors.
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