By Pilgrim Benham8 item(s) found

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - about 11 days

Five Ways to Build a Team If You Are Planting a Church Alone

I have the rare perspective of having planted two churches and having two very different experiences. In our first church plant, my wife and I did everything and did it alone. In our second church, we raised up a team and have worked together with the team to reach our community. In both churches, God did amazing things, but when we raised up a team, more abundant fruit has grown in a faster amount of time because...

Gospel / by Pilgrim Benham - 3 months

Persecution Will End

Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, once told a parable about a theater where a variety show was taking place. Each show was more exciting than the previous one, leading the audience to applaud after every act. But without warning, the manager of the theater steps onto the stage. He apologizes for stopping the show but wants everyone to evacuate the theater. It turns out the theater itself is on fire. Everyone is...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - 6 months

Don't Quit

Every difficulty we experience in life is either an opportunity or an obstacle. The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is actually two separate symbols: one for the word “danger” and the other for the word “opportunity.” Many of us are viewing the present crisis we are experiencing as one or the other. It is either an obstacle in our way or an opportunity for the Lord to display His glory in and through our live...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - 7 months

Eight Reasons Why We Need Shepherds

On a recent flight, I watched the rebrand of the movie, The Magnificent Seven. Without throwing out spoilers, the movie is a western about a town being overrun by an unjust, ruthless business tycoon. Desperate for help, a widowed young woman (whose husband was killed by the tycoon) seeks the help of an outlaw who ends up recruiting six other outlaws to take down the "army" of the wicked man's empire. I lo...

Evangelism / by Pilgrim Benham - 10 months

Three Signs of "Drive-By" Evangelism

Billy Graham said, “The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities."...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

How to Absorb That Blow of Criticism

One of the most humiliating things I’ve ever agreed to was allowing people to line up and “pie” me in the face. When I was a student pastor, someone “dreamed-up” the idea to host a fundraiser with our students that would include my wife and I getting pie pans smashed on our faces if the kids met a certain financial goal. They not only met it, they tripled it. On the evening of the event, I was excited for the fun ...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Excellence vs. Professionalism

I appreciate excellence. I remember the first time I listened to an orchestra playing a piece from Mozart; even at a young age, I had such gratitude for all the nuances and notes that were brought together in perfect unity. Then I heard our elementary school concert band playing Ode to Joy. I was left feeling less than joyful. There seems to be a spirit of excellence that is lack...

Gospel / by Pilgrim Benham - over 2 years

Why Reaching the Lost Should Cost Us Everything

He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:34-35).  Our culture is one of self-preservation and self-exaltation. Reality television shows like “Survivor” and “Running Wild” highlight for us feats like how to survive off...