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In December of 2012, I was stressed out.

I had one semester of seminary remaining and I had no idea what I wanted to do when done with school.

Why didn’t I have a specific ministry in mind like most of my classmates? Why couldn’t I narrow down all of the exciting ministry potentials out there?

God put three types of ministry on my heart during seminary:

  • Word Ministry: I love the Word of God. I love the church. I want to serve the church through a ministry of the Word.
  • Ministry to Spanish Speakers: God gave me a heart to do gospel ministry in Spanish after studying Spanish in Ecuador, developing the language further in the Dominican Republic, and participating in other cross-cultural experiences.
  • Blogging and Social Media: This passion fell on my lap when I started a part-time job with a small company that sold PA systems near my seminary. I was in charge of blogging and social media marketing, and soon developed both a proficiency and a passion. This passion transitioned into an internship with the ministry Unlocking the Bible and the launch of my personal blog.

How could I find a ministry when my heart seemed to be leading me in three different directions? In my anxiety, I cried out to the Lord:

Lord, if you can combine my three ministry passions into one position, please make it happen. And if not, I will serve you no matter where you send me… And oh yeah, if you could keep me in the Chicago area near this girl I am very interested in…that would be great!

God answered.

About a month before graduation, I sat in a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop eating lunch with a pastor from my church who has a gift in helping young men find their fit in ministry. When I told him I couldn’t decide between these three areas of ministry, I expected him lean back in his chair, put his hand to his chin, and say something to the tune of, “Hmmm… I’ll have to get back to you.”

But to my surprise, he said, “Kevin, I think you’d be a good fit with the guys over at Leadership Resources International.”

“Leadership Resources who?” I thought, having never heard of Leadership Resources International.

But in the Lord’s providence, shortly thereafter I drove down to the LRI offices, met with a handful of people there, and realized we were a perfect fit for each other. I later found out that they had been praying for someone just like me with online skills and Spanish abilities to help train pastors several times a year in Latin America.

  • Word ministry? Check!
  • Blogging and Social media? Check!
  • Ministry to Spanish speakers? Check!
  • Stay in Chicago for a certain special girl? Check! (We are now engaged :) !)

Glory to God for His answer to my prayer! Now it’s time to get to work!

Who is Leadership Resources International?

Leadership Resources exists to equip and encourage pastors to transform their church through teaching the Word of God with the heart of God.

85% of pastors in the world have little or no biblical training. In the Training National Trainers program we train pastors to preach sermons that exposit the truth of Scripture and encourage them to be God’s humble servants who are doers of the Word.

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Churches need pastors trained in the Scriptures to feed their sheep the truth of Scripture which is sufficient to lead us to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15), train us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16), and prepare us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).

If a pastor isn’t equipped to preach the Word, what are they preaching?

Our training has three main foci:

  1. To study the Word of God together.
  2. To equip pastors to teach the Word correctly in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. To train pastors to train others to study and teach the Word of God.

We have seen all over the world God use our Training National Trainers program to transform pastors into preachers faithfully proclaiming the Word in the power of the Spirit for the transformation of their congregations and communities.

Our goal is multiply biblical training among pastors and congregations. The pastors we train begin to train their own groups other pastors and cause “the word of the Lord to increase and prevail mightily” (Acts 19:20).

That’s why our tagline is Launching Pastoral Training Movements WorldwideWe want to create movements of the Word just like the apostles saw in the book of Acts. Learn more about our approach to ministry.

My Role

Here's me leading another session of 2 Timothy

Dec 2013: Teaching from 2 Timothy in Quito, Ecuador

1. Content Strategist (In Palos Heights, IL). Mainly through blogging and social media, I tell stories of God’s amazing work around the world, provide resources for the church to equip people in the Word, and build new relationships with believers interested in our work.

In addition to Leadership Resources’ blog and my own, I have been a contributor to The Gospel Coalition’s Spanish Blog, ChurchLeaders.com, and GoThereFor.com (part of Matthias Media, a partner ministry of Leadership Resources).

2. Trainer in Latin America. Several times a year I travel to Latin America with our team to help lead biblical training for pastors (usually stints no longer than three weeks). I am currently on the Ecuador team and look forward to deepening relationships with those we train over the next several years and seeing the Word of God flourish!

What Pastors are Saying

Click on each pastor’s picture for more of their story.

LRI Francis Quote

LRI Noah Testimonial

LRI Testimonial Pedro Honduras

 

LRI Testimonial Juan Carlos Ecuador

LRI Testimonial Presly

We Can Make a Difference Together

My position follows the funding model Jesus and Paul followed which depends on the generous contributions of partners. Together we can be an expression of Christ to the nations and strengthen the global church for biblical ministry!

Please prayerfully consider partnering with me in one the following ways:

  1. Partnering through prayer.
  • Pray for God to continue to bless our online initiatives to both proclaim His glory and energize biblical preaching around the world.
  • Pray for strength, safety, and fruit for our training trips to Ecuador and future locations.
  • Pray that God would build many gospel partnerships that can further the Kingdom.
  • Pray that I could meet financial goals and connect with new partners in the gospel to share this exciting work.
  1. Partnering through finances. My current needs are about $3,500 per month. Would you consider partnering with me monthly at either $20, $30, $50, or $100 per month?

You can donate securely online (select “Kevin Halloran”) or by filling out this form and mailing it to the designated address. (We have both the ECFA and Barnabas Foundation stamp of approval, so you won’t have to worry where your gift winds up.)

“Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.” Paul in Philippians 4:17

  1. Partnering along with your church. If you feel like the Lord is leading you to partner with me, consider putting me in touch with your pastor or missions director (or have them get in touch with me). I would love to begin a conversation about how we can work side-by-side to advance the cause of Christ around the world.

Get In Touch With Me

Feel free contact me from the bottom of my about page to ask me any questions or share comments that you have in regards to partnership or my ministry. I’d love to hear from you!

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10 Steps to Find a Godly Woman by Grant Castleberry

A great study from Dr. Thomas Kidd and The Gospel Coalition: George Whitefield 300TH COMMEMORATION & CURRICULUM

Also, an abridged version of Arnold Dallimore’s great biography of Whitefield is now just $1.99 on Kindle.)

The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy (The Atlantic)

10 Reasons Why Friends and Family Struggle to Believe the Gospel by Chuck Lawless

Infographic from Ligonier Ministries: The State of Theology in America

Blaire Linne: Do You Know Him? (HT Challies)

From time to time I like to share a story of what God is doing through Leadership Resources pastoral training program. One you may enjoy from Papua New Guinea is called The Story of the Cursing Pastor.

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There are at least three compelling reasons Christians must be involved in politics and government. First, as citizens of the nation-state, Christians have the same civic duties all citizens have: to serve on juries, to pay taxes, to vote, to support candidates they think are best qualified. They are commanded to pray for and respect governing authorities…

Second, as citizens of the Kingdom of God Chrisitans are to bring God’s standards of righteousness and justice to bear on the kingdoms of this world…As former Michigan state senator and college professor Stephen Mosnma says, Christian political involvement has the “potential to move the political system away from…the brokering of the self-interest of powerful persons and groups into a renewed concern for the public interest.”

Third, Christians have an obligation to bring transcendent moral values into the public debate. All law implicitly involves morality; the popular idea that “you can’t legislate morality” is a myth. Morality is legislated every day from the vantage point of one value system or another. The question is not whether we will legislate morality, but whose morality we will legislate.

–Chuck Colson in God and Government

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Amidst the noise of a busy publishing world, here are a few recently released books that are worth knowing about:

1 Samuel for You by Tim Chester continues the great work of the God’s Word for You series whose aim is to produce books that equip people to read God’s Word, feed themselves with it’s truth, and lead others in Bible study. Like Chester’s Titus for You (which I reviewed), 1 Samuel for You is packed with insight and application, this time focusing on how Israel’s kings anticipate Christ through typology and symbolism. This book, although not a commentary, is a great devotional companion that can help lay readers as well as pastors. I commend this book and the entire series.

The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw by Norman Geisler and Daniel J. McCoy. When the Bible says that atheists are fools (Psalms 14:1), a logical conclusion would be that unraveling the beliefs of atheists shouldn’t be too hard, because, in fact, they are fools. And that is what The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw seeks to do. Geisler and McCoy tackle several categories of atheist belief including the problem of moral evil, the value of human autonomy, death and faith, guilt and rules, heaven and hell, inconsistencies, and more. This apologetic book interacts with many of the New Atheists and knocks out their flimsy foundation, showing that Christianity to be the only thing to reconcile atheism’s flawed beliefs. If you’re not into apologetics, this may not seem like ‘light’ reading, but it does engage the reader in a winsome way.

Here’s a video interview with Norm Geisler about the book courtesy of JanetMefford.com:

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller

Here is Amazon’s description of Keller’s new book out November 4. I look forward to reviewing this!

Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.

A Commentary on the Psalms (Vol. 2) by Allen Ross (along with the other three volumes of the four part series) is an accessible exegetical commentary from Kregel that is geared toward busy pastors. The structure of each chapter is as follows: text and textual variants, composition and context, an exegetical analysis summarizing and outlining the psalm, a commentary in expository form, and closing with a short section called “Message and Application.”

Ross, a professor at Beeson Divinity School, has a firm grasp on the Psalter’s meaning and how to apply it. He explains the Psalter in it’s biblical theological context and relates necessary portions to Christ when appropriate. He documents his sources in footnotes which will prove helpful for readers looking to go deeper. Throughout his commentary in expository form, Ross explains nuances of the Hebrew text that amplify it’s meaning. (Since I only received volume two of the four book set on the Psalms, I have a hard time knowing more about Ross’s intent and desire that he shares in the introduction of volume one.)

My experience with this volume proved it to be a helpful tool for preachers. My understanding of the psalms that I studied were greatly aided and I felt equipped to study and preach from the psalm. If you are considering investing in a major resource on the Psalms, this four-volume set from Kregel (which amounts to 3,500+ pages) would be worth considering.

(Per FTC guidelines, I did receive the book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.)

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An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability (Free eBook) from Jacob Abshire

For more eBook goodness, CrossPoints eBooks shared some Great Deals on Kindle Bible Commentaries, Books for Pastors and those in Ministry

Video: 10 Keys to Ensure that Caring is Helping from Brad Hambrick

Listen to Trip Lee’s New Album Rise Before Its Release Date

Avoiding Sexually Explicit Media by Randy Alcorn

The Most Honest Atheist in the World by David Murray

Mark Driscoll Gives Impromptu Address at Gateway Leadership Conference (Church Leaders)

$1.99 for a great apologetics eBook: Tactics by Greg Kokul

Francis and Lisa Chan’s Marriage Rap: “Ride It Out Together”

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Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t shake your anxiety? No matter what you do, you can’t get your mind off of what is bothering you.

You try to pray, but the only words that come out are short, anxiety-soaked cries for help. Right after those short prayers you go right back to worrying.

I’ve been there. Truth be told, this article was birthed from an anxiety-ridden prayer session. That prayer session reminded me of a very important truth:

Prayer is not worrying on your knees. (Tweet this)

If our anxiety level remains the same after we pray, something is wrong. Prayer involves trust. Prayer involves “casting all your anxieties on Him” (1 Peter 5:7), not holding on to what worries us with an iron grip.

Sometimes it seems like, although you want to pick up your burdens and cast them to the Lord, your hands have such a tight grip on your burdens that you cannot let go. It’s like someone super glued worry to your hands and it sticks so well that a crowbar couldn’t pry it off.

The following thoughts have proven helpful in my fight against worry and worry-laden prayers, and I hope they give you the same hope in the Savior that they give me.

Don’t give up in prayer.

It is tempting to shoot off a quick three-second prayer to the Lord and think that should do the trick instead of laboring in prayer until you enter God’s rest. Pray in faith that God hears you and keep praying for Him to help you not worry. He can instantly take you from despair to joy–don’t give up!

Take your eyes off of yourself.

When we take our eyes off of ourselves and put them on God and others, we can escape the worry-trap in prayer because we are no longer our only prayer concern. There’s a big world filled with many problems. Put your hope in God and not in a perfect situation for yourself. Do this and your strength will be renewed to continue in prayer (see Isaiah 40:31). An inward focus is enough to drive anyone crazy!

Trust in the promises of God.

Instead of clinging onto what worries you, put a firm grasp around powerful promises of God in Scripture, particularly to promises that deal with your specific situation. Your mind doesn’t have room for dwelling on both the bad and the good–so fix your eyes on God’s mighty promises and remember how He’s never failed you in the past. Pray His promises back to Him and rejoice in the God of the promises.

Ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

Sometimes anxiety is downright irrational. This question often reminds me that my situation isn’t so bad after all. Sometimes the answer to this question is something truly bad, but more often than not it shows me how I blow small things (and often really good things!) out of proportion and am worrying for no reason. And once I get a better picture of reality, I can do what the next step says.

Give thanks.

This is one of the biblical prescriptions for anxiety, along with prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:6-7). When we give thanks, we remember the good things God has given us and gratitude floods our hearts. This will zap any discontent in our situation by focusing on the positive instead of what you’d rather change (which will always exist in some form). It is God’s will that we give thanks to Him in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Rejoice in the Lord.

Before Paul tells the Philippians not to be anxious, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). In Jesus Christ, God is so good all the time that we can always rejoice in Him–no matter the circumstances. Romans 8:31 puts it another way: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If we are in Christ, His blood covers us and we are forgiven, and the Almighty on our side helping us fight our battles. That is something we can always rejoice in.

Sing to the Lord.

Singing worship songs powerfully applies the ‘rejoice in the Lord’ truth because it connects the promises of God, a thankful heart, and a Godward focus together. Colossians 3:16 says that we can have God’s promises dwell in us richly by singing with thankful hearts:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And as we set our gaze on the living Christ, we will gradually find worry’s tight grip on us loosened and the peace of God that passes all understanding giving our souls rest as we pray.

When worry comes, as it inevitably will, preach truth to yourself. Jesus is there to take your burdens from you.

He will even help you pray, making intercession on your behalf (Romans 8:34). This will help stomp out the seeds of worry that can overtake any of us if we let them fester in our minds.

May the Lord Jesus Christ help you cling to Him in prayer during anxious times and comfort and guard you with His peace!

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30