Invigorating Volunteers with Loving Leadership

Or... Dr. McClure's Four Repeated Attempts to Rightly Value Members of Our Local Church!

My three-decade old career centers on volunteers.   I have enjoyed paying a total of seven people to work alongside me during all that time.  The VAST majority of my interactions with ‘people who get things done!’ is with volunteers in a local church. Why should that matter to you? Because if you are not […]

To the readers in 44 nations

Hello there.  I stand amazed that in my humble and inauspicious start as a blogger that people from 44 nations have read one post or another.  My assumption is our shared humanity is in common on both the fronts of growth and of the challenges of life. I have completed the first series of posts: […]

A Selfish (but not) Reason to Mentor Teens

or... Why This Is My 24th Year to Attend 'Youth Camp'

The fear welled up in my throat, accentuated by pouring sweat under my helmet, freezing my muscles and causing me to feel paralyzed as I looked down the cliff off of which I was rappelling. Because of 20+ years of youth ministry, I’ve been privileged to rock climb, rappel, hike, orienteer (map & compass), camp, […]

The One Way to Make It to the Top

Or... A lesson I learned on the Hungerburgbahn funicular

‘Make it to the top’ is a phrase used in so many ways.  Be the best.  Beat everyone else.  ‘King of the world’ or at least the ‘mountain.’  And here I’ll use it two ways.  The first is literally to make it to the top of a mountain in the Alps. The picture you see […]

Three Things Pastors Don’t Tell You About Sermons

or... What in the world are they thinking?

So today my colleague and I are going to plan out sermons for the next year – over lunch.  Sounds ridiculous, perhaps, but we are not going into it with a blank slate.  We listen to people, leaders, and unbelievers for their questions and problems and confusion over Biblical truths.  We cross-pollenate ideas from our […]

How We’ve Stayed Married for 25 Years

On this very day 25 years ago, Phillip McClure wed Theresa Brashear in Somerset, Kentucky on a rainy Saturday evening.  A quarter of a century ago!  We were young.  We were idealistic in many ways.  We were significantly different in personality and approach to life (and still are)!  And we are still married today. How?  […]

The work is done.  The degree paperwork has arrived.  The regalia is cleaned and ready.  We would like to invite you to celebrate with us!

Sunday, June 7th at 3 p.m. at River Valley Community Church we will gather to worship, pray, and celebrate together.

Special comments will be shared by some of our leaders and by Theresa McClure, Phillip’s wife.  And Phillip will be sharing a short talk on why he took the time and effort to complete this degree, especially with an eye to encouraging and inspiring others to continue growing!


Date: June 7, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Event: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for Phillip McClure
Topic: Why I studied for a Doctorate in Theology
Venue: River Valley Community Church
Location: 7030 Taylor Ave, Suite 1
Fort Smith 72916
Public: Public

“Shut up and show up”

I’ve said this often as a pastor; when someone needs a kick in the pants to live the faith they’ve previously declared, usually.  And I’ve said it to myself 100x for every use of it for others!

Words to Winners of Souls

My colleague, Adam Kareus, gave this book to our staff as a gift after reading it himself.

Horatius Bonar, a Scotch minister, is bold and forthright in calling ministers – and all Christians for that matter – to keep the presentation of the gospel and the expectation of its fruits in saved people at the forefront of their mind, prayers, efforts, and expectations.

He describes in vivid terms the loss of passion among too many ministries and ministers.  The scene is warmly bleak of many who offer programs and gentle succor during their careers but miss the Great Commission altogether!

I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for anyone who genuinely holds that the gospel of Jesus Christ is of ultimate value and the only means to salvation for people.

May God continually help me keep these powerful thoughts floating to the top of my prayers and actions amidst the other responsibilities of ministry within the local church.

And, should you choose to read this short and captivating book for yourself, may God quicken and use you equally!


Who decided I should be an author?

How fatherhood happened and so is writing!

I remember being a parent for about 72 hours when I had the thought, “Who decided it was a good idea that I should be a dad?”  I was so young and had only… about 72 hours… of experience and a thousand doubts and questions.  But… I was still a dad.  Our daughter was still […]