In This Together

When Stuart Briscoe took his first (and only) pastorate, his friend Alan Redpath, former pastor of Moody Memorial Church, told him, "I know you, and I know the pastorate; and I doubt if you'll last 12 months."

His prediction was wrong—by 29 years.

Stuart and his wife, Jill, left England in 1970 for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city Dwight L. Moody called the "graveyard of evangelists."

Rather than being buried, however, the Briscoes were planted at Elmbrook Church for 30 years. The result has been phenomenal numerical and spiritual growth of the church (eight daughter churches have been planted around Milwaukee) and the development of the couple's international preaching and teaching ministry.

Now, even after transitioning from Stuart's senior pastorate to their new role as joint ministers-at-large, the Briscoes continue to expand their ministry. Stuart tells of flying over Africa and gazing across the bush at the fires of a thousand villages. "Out there are little churches with pastors who ...

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