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Pastor Clarence Stowers' Blog

The Urban Pastor

As pastor at Mars Hill Baptist Church of Chicago, I'm am passionate about helping people connect life's dots so they can live abundantly. I thrive on assisting people, leaders, pastors, and those in ministry think through life, leadership, goals, and strategy. My speciality is organizational and personal leadership, so in addition to my role as a pastor, as I have time, I consult with business, church, and ministry leaders. I have more than 20 years of leadership experience, mostly as an executive director of a Christian school, and have been in full-time ministry for 20 years. I have a seminary master's and a Master of Public Administration in Urban Planning. The greatest times for me or with my wife Shauntai and my two sons, Myles and Joshua, and my baby girl Lauren. I write on personal development, leadership, finance, relationships, inspiration, and motivation. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn't fit neatly into one of these categories. My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you are in a position of leadership-or aspire to be-then this blog is for you. I typically post two to three times a week. To make sure you don't miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS feed. You can email me at cestowers@clarencestowers.com. I am at LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/clarencestowers Twitter at http://twitter.com/clarencestowers Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CE.Stowers Facebook Fan Page at https://www.facebook.com/UrbanPastor Instagram at http://instagram.com/clarencestowers

How Did This Happen?

Coin: Faithfulness in the Small Things • February 17, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

[NEW SERIES] Coin: Faithfulness in the Small Things In this week’s segment of “Coin", Pastor Stowers focuses his message on those of us who find ourselves in a dark place in life, whether financially, morally, or otherwise. God’s desire is to help us find a way out of this dark place, and in order to get out, we have to figure out how we got there in the first place. Often, our path to the dark place begins when we believe a lie and become convinced that our lives are about us. When we chase our own happiness through the world’s means, we set ourselves on a path for destruction. Once we have believed the lie, we engage in self-destructive behavior. And when that behavior causes our lives to spin out of control, we isolate ourselves from those who can help us, claiming that they won’t understand. This process leads us to the dark place – and that’s the last place that God desires for us to be!

It's The Little Things That Trip You Up

Coin: Faithfulness in the Small Things • February 9, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

[NEW SERIES] Coin: Faithfulness in the Small Things Are you known as a faithful person? If you are, then here are a few of the words that can be used to describe you: trustworthy, dependable, reliable, true-blue, and responsible. All of the names are saturated with one reoccurring theme: Character. Character quietly, yet convincingly, says, “You can count on me—at any cost!”

[BONUS] Say The Things You Need to Say!

Life is precious and for some, brief. • February 4, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

During last Sunday's worship, it shifted and Pastor Stowers encouraged people to "say the things they need to say." Kobe Bryant and others aboard that chopper reminds us that life is unpredictable, and for some, brief. Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes, according to James 4:14. Check out this inspiring clip, and afterward, call/text someone and say the things you need to say.