Hi, I’m Brian Jones.
I love challenging people to think different, be courageous, and follow Jesus.
I took this picture at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland. That’s my wife Lisa with me. We left the crowd that had stopped to take photos at a safe distance and walked up a soaked (and terrifying) unmarked path to capture this rapturous moment.
To me, that day reminds me what it looks like to follow Jesus. He’s always calling us to leave the crowds behind. Always calling us to take risks. Always calling us to sacrifice personal security and comfort to follow him to places we’ve never been.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do,” said the poet Mary Oliver, “with your one wild and precious life?”
However you answer that question, I’d love to be one of the voices you count on to give you perspective and cheer you on.
What I Love
I am an author and pastor who lives in Philadelphia. I am a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div).
I love my wife Lisa, to whom I have been married for 29 years, and our three beautiful daughters. Together we love hiking, reading great books, traveling the world on a shoestring, and promoting church planting and benevolence partnerships in developing countries that rescue children from poverty and exploitation in Jesus’ name.
I love the spiritual discipline of writing. I get up early every morning, sit down at my keyboard, and pray a simple prayer: “God speak to me and through me.” I finish mid-morning in time to let the dog out.
I love writing books, but I have mixed feelings about publishing. Most publishers release books because the author has a big enough platform to ensure a certain number of sales. I’m way more interested in quality spiritual writing than in clicks, 5 star reviews, zooming sales, and large honorariums. The agent and publishers I’m privileged work with share a crazy belief with me that you really never know if a book is good until it’s being read 200 years later.
I love reading spiritual classics written by the great men and women of God from the past 2,000 years. I find that time spent with their thoughts deepen my soul. I also enjoy spending time at monastic retreat centers.
I love the life-changing power of the local church and their Pastors who sacrificially serve them. Seventeen years ago I started a church called Christ’s Church of the Valley that now reaches thousands of amazing people who previously did not know Jesus. The Pastors who serve on my team are extraordinary. It’s not lost on me that I get much of the accolades that should be directed at them.
Finally, I love the gifted men and women who give their lives to mission work in developing countries. I travel to be with them often. In fact, whenever I feel like throwing in the towel, I always hop on a plane. Six days in a jungle or a slum with these heroes has a way of helping this first-world Pastor regain perspective on what a “difficult” work week looks like.
My Writing And Speaking
Here are some of the best ways to connect with my writing and speaking…
Daily Photo Devotionals
Weekly Email Devotional
Sign up for the weekly email devotional that I send every Tuesday morning. They take less than 5 minutes to read, and those who get them tell me they help give their week perspective.
You can check out my four books HERE. I just released my latest book Finding Favor: God’s Blessings Beyond Health, Wealth and Happiness in April 2018.
My sermon podcast is called “Brian Jones Sermons.” You can also watch videos of my sermons from each Sunday on this website. They’ll be posted every Monday afternoon.
Events and Conferences
From the age of 30 to 50 I took a vow of obscurity, which is an odd way of saying I turned down almost every speaking engagement I received for twenty years. I wanted to work on becoming the greatest Pastor and writer no-one has ever heard of. Ludwig von Zinzendorf was fond of saying, “Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.” That’s my life’s goal. Yet, now that that vow has ended, I am slowly taking some speaking engagements (but still hate self-promotion). You can send me a speaking request HERE. I speak at churches and conferences, and often combine preaching and teaching with Senior Pastor/staff coaching.
Articles On Church Leadership
Finally, if you’re a Senior Pastor, I love helping people sitting in your seat lead their churches in growth without sacrificing emotional health or theological integrity. You can check out my coaching availability and some of my 130+ articles on leadership and preaching at SeniorPastorCentral.com.