#106: 7 reasons to not leave your church and other church membership wisdom with Pastor Mike Gray.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some updates on the podcast itself as well as talk through this past week’s sermons and why Psalm 131 constitutes, perhaps, the best picture of what it means to live the life of faith. I also get the thrill of sharing another conversation between myself and my dad, Pastor Mike Gray. My dad has well over 30 years of pastoral experience, which he utilizes to great effect in this discussion as he and I reflect on the past year of pastoral ministry and the unique challenges it presented. We also talk about some reasons not to leave a church and why the simple message of Jesus the Christ is the best answer to every new challenge that faces the church. May you be blessed and encourage by this episode.


Stonington Baptist Church sermons

The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts, Dale Ralph Davis

Church Membership: Loving What Jesus Loves,” David Prince

Church Membership 101,” Jon English Lee

11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church,” Chuck Lawless

Why the Way You Leave a Church is More Important than How You Came,” Chuck Lawless

Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


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Mike Gray is the senior pastor of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, where he has been serving the Lord faithfully for over 20 years with his wife and family. He holds a D.Min. from Grace Theological Seminary and an M.A. from Bob Jones University. His sole devotion remains knowing Christ and making him known. If you would like to connect with Dr. Gray with questions concerning the church or the ministry, feel free reach him by sending him an email.


Intro music: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.