The Story Behind EquippingSaints.com
I originally began EquippingSaints.com in April 1996 under the name The Sermon Source. At that time, there were only a few sermon sites available. Having just completed five years as a bi-vocational minister, I wanted to share resources to help time-strapped preachers, church planters, and young pastors. Free outlines and links ruled the day.
In February 2000, Equipping Saints Ministries was re-launched to assist and encourage pastors and church leaders. As a part-time consulting ministry, I continued to serve churches and missions in areas where help was often hard to find. Published monthly for nearly 1,000 pastors and church leaders, the EquippingToday newsletter became a tool for encouraging and interacting with church leaders around the world.
In 2002, I went to work for LifeWay Christian Resources with the express aim of encouraging pastors and church leaders through LifeWay.com. Modeled after the EquippingToday format, the PastorsToday newsletter was soon being read by 5,200 subscribers across the United States. We also produced a weekly video Pastor’s Partner, a weekly audio program Worship Wired Weekly, and an extensive sermon database for pastors. Unfortunately, LifeWay.com later discarded most of the digital media, articles and resources — alas, nothing is permanent on this side of heaven! I did keep EquippingSaints.com, but had little time to develop it further as a ministry resource.
On March 5, 2012, I shut down the old website, assembled a collection of older devotional blogs, and re-launched this site with the intention of writing about issues that urgently need attention in our North American churches: spiritual formation, disipleship, and evangelism. I trust that EquippingSaints.com will continue to be a place of encouragement and ideas. Enjoy!
How Can We Help?
If you need additional support or services, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. If I can’t help you, I know others who can!
My Real Job?
After serving churches across the United States for over 2 decades, I presently serve as Associate Executive Director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. I have been married to my lovely wife Gail for 30 years and we have six children and two precious daughters-in-law.