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About David Roseberry

Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.

Ten Thoughts for the Mother’s Day Sermon

Motherhood is one of the most fundamental human roles, given by God and knit into our DNA.

Hallmark’s calendar doesn’t dictate our preaching, but this particular holiday seems worth some attention.

Some Mother’s Day Sermon tips are listed below and can be developed into whole sermons; others are just words of advice. Use this list to re-imagine how you could approach this […]

Learning to Preach from G. Campbell Morgan (Preachers of the Past, pt. 4)

This is part 4 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. 

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some Background on G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945)

By |2019-04-05T12:42:40-05:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Want to Help Your Church Grow in Generosity? Check Out The Evergreen Project

The Evergreen Project site is live! Go there now to see what awaits you and your congregation.

We are just getting started, but there are plenty of things to help you grow your congregation’s understanding of the vision and values of generosity and stewardship.

What is The Evergreen Project?

The Evergreen Project is going to be great for every congregation that will […]

By |2019-04-05T12:09:46-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|0 Comments

Learning to Preach from Phillips Brooks (Preachers of the Past, pt. 3)

This is part 3 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. 

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some background on Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Phillips […]

By |2019-04-03T16:13:13-05:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning to Preach from Martin Luther (Preachers of the Past, pt. 2)

This is part 2 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.


Some background on Martin […]

By |2019-03-24T12:01:50-05:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Learning to Preach from John Chrysostom (Preachers of the Past, pt. 1)

This is part 1 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.


Some Background on John Chrysostom […]

By |2019-03-24T11:53:41-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Webinar: Building a Generous Church through the Slow Summer Months (March 13, 11AM CST)

Springing Forward?

The pastor began the service with an appeal to some of the people in the back of the church to voluntarily “re-seat” themselves. The opening line was pleasant enough: “Would the people in the back of the room please move up into the seats up front…”

Dutifully, a few people complied. The picked up their belongings and begrudgingly moved forward.

A […]

By |2019-03-14T18:02:20-05:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |0 Comments

The Last Disciple

A Breathtaking Stage

After Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the gospels record that he immediately was driven into the desert for forty days. For those forty days, he was tempted by Satan. He was attended by angels. He played with animals. And out in that desert place, for forty days, Jesus fasted.

You can go to this place today, or at […]

By |2019-02-07T08:27:36-06:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Pastors, Come to England this Spring! (April 22 – May 1, 2019)

“A week to experience England? Right after Easter? In 2019? Are you kidding me? Perfect! I’m in!

Those were about the words I spoke late last year when the travel agency called me.

I loved the idea…especially for clergy. It is perfect! Why? Because so many of our new clergy do not come from Anglican backgrounds.

Instead (and most impressively), they have read, […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:02-06:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About Advent

No doubt, you have plenty of resources for your church during Advent. Still, I thought you might benefit from this little quote collection I compiled during sermon preparation and study over the years. I wish you a blessed beginning to this season of expectancy. Enjoy!

(Note: To learn more about Advent and how to observe it at home with family and […]

By |2020-10-27T10:39:49-05:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments

A Story of Faithfulness from the Bayou: A Presbyterian/Anglican Church Merger

Here’s the incredible end of the story: A Presbyterian church merges with an Anglican church.

When I came to Lafayette, Louisiana to talk to the leadership of Trinity Anglican Church about strategy and mission, I only knew a few details of the remarkable work that God had been doing in and for these people. I left blown […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:22-06:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |2 Comments

How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 2)

These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass.

But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss.

Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given you enough to open a dialogue. […]

3 Prayers to Pray During the Election

Because it’s election season here in the United States, I thought I’d share the following prayer I composed for the election:

Lord God, Almighty Father: Watch over our nation in these times. Casting a ballot is a privilege given to us by our Constitution and secured for us by citizens and patriots, past and present. May we exercise this […]

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records? The Senior Pastor (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 1)

They are not easy at first. They are ‘off-putting’, to use a colloquium. Or tacky. When the subjects come up, you can see everyone squirm in their seats. We wish we could just avoid them. But there are five of them that need to happen pretty routinely.

What I am talking about? Awkward questions like the following:

  1. Who should have access to […]
By |2019-10-24T08:00:37-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Video: Ministry in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Last January, John and Ashley Wallace joined us on our clergy orientation trip to Israel. It’s always wonderful to meet young clergy families who are dedicated to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Church. None of us could have imagined how intense that work would become only 9 months later.

When Hurricane Michael […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:33-06:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4 Ways to Help 4 Different Generations Give Generously

Talking about generosity in the church is always a balancing act between faithful theological and pastoral instruction on the one hand and practical, applied communication on the other. You’ve got to look at the subject from 40,000 feet while keeping your boots firmly planted on the ground.

In Giving Up, I’ve tried to walk this line, outlining generosity as the heart […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:35-06:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Ways to End the Year on a Generous Note at Your Church

On this blog, I try to provide tactical advice on growing generosity in the church.

Every church leader knows that giving is especially vital as the year winds to a close.

(To learn 3 things from your yearly church budget shortfall, click here.)

The end may be nigh upon us, but there is no need to feel like you are scrambling to […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:36-06:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Does Anyone Know Where Amanda Is?

The images are stark and scary, like something from an apocalyptic movie.  Devastation. Hurricane Michael has cost so many people so much: the loss of human life, material property, businesses, family homes, rentals, and even entire communities.  We must surely pray for them.

But we can do more than prayer. We can help them recover.  Through the ministry of the Anglican Church in […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:38-06:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

A Prayer for Those in the Path of the Storm

As you’re probably well aware, the 2018 hurricane season has been quite active (in both the Atlantic and the Pacific).

When faced with natural disasters, it can often be difficult to know what/how to pray. That’s why I’d like to share this “Hurricane Prayer” that I came across over at America: The Jesuit Review.

Here’s how the prayer begins:

God […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:41-06:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Three Thoughts About That Church Budget Shortfall

I regularly visit churches around the country and about this time of year, a new, semi-liturgical ceremony begins around the church budget. (I participated in it myself during my three decades in ministry. It became something totally normal for me; it’s only now that I’m in the pews most Sundays that I’ve realized how odd this little ritual is.)

It usually begins […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:42-06:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Zagginess of Holiness

When I was writing Giving Up, I discovered an unlikely source of insight in Zag: The Number One Strategy of High Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier.

The foundational principle is that successful brands don’t follow the crowd—they don’t look at the leaders in the marketplace and try to latch on and say “Me too!” Instead, when everyone else zigs, […]

By |2020-05-22T15:48:08-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Build Your Generosity and Stewardship Emphasis This Fall

Pastors, it’s not too late to plan an emphasis on stewardship and generosity this fall. But it is almost too late.

Leading a church in this area takes intentionality and courage. Some pastors have such an allergy to the topic of giving that they don’t bring it up until it’s too late. Waiting until the end-of-the-year […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:47-06:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

LeaderWorks Update with Pictures!!!

It has been about two years since I left my position at Christ Church to begin this new ministry to help other leaders do their work. Many people have asked me why I would do such a thing. My first answer is simple: A Call. I believe that I heard from God. I sensed that it was time […]

By |2019-03-01T14:32:07-06:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Funny You Said That: Stewardship and Humor (Giving, Part 3)

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work.

Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. The topic of stewardship and giving is not an easy one to speak about. It makes some people feel very uncomfortable. Both speaker and listener share long moments of angst when the topic is raised […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:52-06:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Preaching|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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