The church and its leaders have never been under more scrutiny and criticism. Through resources, events, and communication, we’re praying that a community of culture-changing pastors and church leadership emerges.
When we launched Denison Forum in 2009, one of our primary goals was to help pastors speak to cultural issues and lead in cultural context as effectively as possible. My Daily Article, books, social media content, and other resources are produced with pastors and other Christian leaders as one of our primary audiences.
Along the way, we have also wanted to provide resources specifically focused on pastors. We launched Cultural Preaching a few years ago for this purpose and were grateful for the wonderful response. It centered primarily on my sermon for the upcoming Sunday and related content. However, my travel schedule and other demands made this model difficult to sustain.
As a result, we have now launched a much broader resource.
A Pastor’s View is emailed free to subscribers on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
It contains a blog from me on cultural issues of relevance to preaching, leadership, pastoral ministry, and a pastor’s personal life and faith, as well as podcasts, book reviews, recommended resources, and content from other providers.
A free videoconference is held each month.
I will send a white paper on the second Tuesday of each month in preparation for the conference call on the fourth Tuesday. I will summarize the paper during the first part of the call, then we will discuss the subject and any other issues the participants want to explore.
Rev. Mark Turman is partnering with me in this endeavor. Mark is the founding pastor of Crosspoint Church in McKinney, a suburb of Dallas, and serves as Senior Fellow for Church Leadership with Denison Forum. He is completing his doctoral project at Truett Seminary and is one of the most effective communicators and leaders I know. His work in cultural engagement is both insightful and practical.
Mark will record the white paper each month as a podcast and serve as host of the conference call. He will also help to plan and lead the conferences we host. And he will provide content for the weekly email.
In-person conferences and livestream events are also planned.
It is a great privilege to partner with you as you preach God’s word and serve his people. Know that I am praying for you and with you as we seek to advance God’s kingdom in these challenging and exciting days.
May the Lord richly bless you and yours.
About Dr. Jim Denison
DR. JIM DENISON is a co-founder and the CVO of Denison Forum.
Through The Daily Article, his email newsletter and podcast that globally reach 200,000+ subscribers, Dr. Denison guides readers to discern today’s news—biblically. He is the author of multiple books and has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries.
Dr. Denison serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science. He is also a Senior Fellow with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and serves as Senior Fellow for Global Studies at Dallas Baptist University’s Institute for Global Engagement.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received a Doctor of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia.
Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.
About Pastor Mark Turman
MARK TURMAN is the senior pastor of Crosspoint Church in McKinney, Texas. He is also the Senior Fellow for Church Leadership with Denison Forum
Mark grew up in Tyler, Texas, in a large Catholic family. At seventeen, he made a personal commitment to Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord and later committed to vocational ministry during his freshman year in college.
In 1986, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Judi, and they have two adult children, Kelsey and Thomas.