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

This Is Home

Spring Series: Staycation - Serve Here - Serve Now • June 9, 2019 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

Curveballs of Life "The curveball is often just a test — most times thrown to see if you will chase something out of your zone.” – Doug Glanville, Major League Baseball Player Sooner or later, life will throw you a curveball. And it will cause your knees to buckle and question everything you know. Sooner or later, life will throw you a curveball. The question isn't whether or not life will throw you a curveball; it's just a matter of when.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Spring Series: Staycation - Serve Here - Serve Now • June 2, 2019 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

The Bible speaks often about the power of the mind and our thoughts. I think it’s easy to glaze over this and overlook the connection between thoughts and transformation. Our minds are powerful, and our thoughts shape who we are and will become.

There's a Blessing on the Backside

Spring Series: Staycation - Serve Here - Serve Now • May 26, 2019 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

Is your soul parched? Has your ministry drained you dry? Don't give up--God doesn't forsake you when you're in the desert. Ever ministered so long and hard that you find yourself completely exhausted? Slumped down in your favorite chair, nothing is left in you but a past, distant memory of God's presence. Welcome to the Backside!