Bad Sermons, Big Vision
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Alan Ahlgrim

By Alan Ahlgrim

(From our series “The Best or Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received.”)

One of my favorite elders is the source of both the best and worst advice I can think of. Just after we occupied our new building, with a huge debt, and just before a Sunday service, Norm said, “This church is just two bad sermons away from disaster!” That was the worst.

The best came from the same man a few years later when we were celebrating our 10th anniversary. He delivered the heartfelt and encouraging reminder, “God’s vision for this church has always been bigger than ours!”

Alan Ahlgrim is director of pastor care with Blessing Ranch in Colorado; he is former longtime senior minister of Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot, Colorado.

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