The Downline Blog

10 Questions on Dating with Matt Chandler

This blog was written by Tony Reinke of Desiring God and originally posted here. Matt Chandler is a husband, father, lead pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, and author of several books, including The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption. Matt was our recent guest on the Ask Pastor […]

A Simple Discipleship Principle You Can Implement Immediately (Reblog from Replicate Ministries)

This was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker, Robby Gallaty and originally posted here. Volumes could be written about the discipleship principles Jesus employed. But here is one principle you can implement immediately. Dependence upon the Father Jesus’ devotion to the Father came, in part, through his consistent prayer and his teaching others to pray. […]

Formulas, Parenting, and the Gospel

Written by: Erin Crenshaw Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could Google a formula for whatever difficult situation arises and follow it step by step to achieve a good, safe, godly outcome? I tried for many years to look for a formula for whatever situation was presented to me, whether it was succeeding […]

How Do Busy Women Serve in Women’s Ministry?

This blog was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker, Jen Wilkin and originally posted here. As a young mom, I wrote a letter to my church asking them to consider formalizing the role of women’s minister. The executive pastor called me in for a meeting and promptly offered me the job. I was speechless. At […]

Short Term Missions and The Great Commission (Reblog from Radical)

This blog was written by David Platt and originally posted here. There are so many abuses when it comes to short-term mission trips, and oftentimes these abuses obscure the tremendous value of short-term missions. The goal of short-term mission is always long-term impact…on a variety of different levels. Long-Term Impact Abroad First, we want to […]

Quiet No More

Written by: Pepper Horn It was the spring of 1981. I was driving solo across the southwest heading east on I-40 near Tucumcari, New Mexico. That’s when my Ford Fiesta gave up the ghost. In those ancient days before cell phones, I had no choice but to start sauntering down the highway. I had recently […]

How Downline Impacted My First Year Of Marriage

This blog was written by 2015 Downline alumna, Riley Sample. In June of 2014, Hunter Sample and I got married in our hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. The very next day, we drove to Memphis and began our life as a new family – exciting, but scary! Hunter had already been living here for several […]

When God Calls You Into New Territory (reblog from The Gospel Coalition)

Voddie Baucham has taught at both the Downline Institute and The Downline Summit. We are so thankful for the impact he has made at Downline! This post was written by Gavin Ortlund, and was originally posted on The Gospel Coalition.    When God calls you to leave your ministry and move across the world to […]

The Lord Orders Our Steps (Reblog from Fellowship Memphis)

This post was written by Joe Thompson and originally posted here. In July of 2010, Rachel and I had never met. There was no Daniel Tiger, no Harlan Elizabeth, there was no “us.” I was in a dark place of depression after being rejected multiple times by the NFL for reasons I could not understand. […]

How Emerging Leaders Prepared Me For Life

This blog was written by 2015 Emerging Leaders alumnus, D.J. Skipps. As my last year of college came to an end, I began to feel the pressures of entering what is often referred to as “the real world”. My mind was telling me to continue toward my goal of joining the health field, but the […]