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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

Lessons From The Father

Rock Bottom: When God Meets Us At Our Worst • June 21, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

Lessons From The Father | Happy Father's Day! We're all going to hit rock bottom, the challenge is to build up from there with Christ. There are two powerful emotions that motivate people to make dramatic changes in their lives: inspiration and desperation. It is often the case; a person finds their greatest inspiration in the most desperate of situations. Join us as we learn life-saving and life-giving lessons from Biblical examples.

Something Has To Go

Rock Bottom: When God Meets Us At Our Worst • June 14, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

Jonah on board this ship is very symbolic of how we can allow things to get into our lives that don’t need to be there. It could be a sin, it could be harboring a bad feeling toward someone, it could be a wrong relationship, it could be allowing something in our lives that keeps us from moving forward with God. Here are some lessons on getting Jonah out of your boat.

Flying With a Broken Wing Devo

Rock Bottom: When God Meets Us At Our Worst • June 8, 2020 • Pastor Clarence E. Stowers, Jr.

What is a devotional? That’s not easy to answer. A devotional can be many things. It can be a Bible reading plan. It can be a series of meditations. It can be a liturgical exercise. It can be a daily selection of verses, accompanied by a thoughtful essay. We certainly know what it is not. It’s not a doctrinal statement. It’s not a Bible commentary. It’s not a theological textbook. A devotional is not designed to change your mind; it’s meant to change your heart. I'm excited (Pastor Stowers) about this week's devotional because I wrote it. This week's devotional examines the life of David and how, in his darkest moments, God met with him. Remember, God never leaves us or abandons us; instead, God pursues and seeks to encounter us in our dark moments.