By Karl Vaters on Jun 29, 2017
How might a newcomer view your church? What barriers may they face? What obstacles could be unintentionally in the way of them connecting and finding a place to belong?
By Ron Edmondson on Jul 5, 2017
One of the hardest things I do in ministry is interact with those who are no longer in ministry, but wish they were. They’ve been derailed. They messed up and either they got caught or the guilt got the best of them and they confessed. Watching this process over the years there appear to be some common reasons failure occurs. It doesn’t start at the failure. It starts months – and, perhaps years – prior. My hope is if we expose some of them we can catch a few people before it is too late.
By Mark Batterson on Jul 7, 2017
We are all in a battle. We are born on a battlefield between good and evil. We must choose sides, and then the fight good fight, a fight in which pastors and ministry leaders must lead the way.
By R. Kent Hughes on Jul 8, 2017
Our ultimate trust is always in God's persevering grace, nevertheless, we are called to cultivate godly action in our lives. Here are 10 disciplines shared by a pastor with over 40 years of experience in faithfully serving the Lord and shepherding God's people.
By Joe Mckeever on Jul 14, 2017
"Nothing is so lovely and so welcome and so healing in a church as for a member to go before the congregation and admit to his/her destructive behavior and ask for forgiveness."
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jul 17, 2017
Ever think that growth will solve all your problems?
By Charles Stone on Jul 20, 2017
“Two things you can’t avoid in ministry are…people late to the service and … church critics.” In this short post, I suggest 10 ways to handle the church critic.
By Charles Stone on Jul 28, 2017
Ask yourself which of these four weapons of mass distraction divert you the most from leading at your best.
By Charles Stone on Jul 29, 2017
What spiritual disciplines might you be neglecting?
By Lance Witt on Jul 24, 2017
It is going to happen. Take it to the bank. You can count on it. Someone on your team or in your organization will have a disastrous moral failure. So how do your prepare?
By Lance Witt on Jul 31, 2017
There will be a day that feels like a normal day, but there is a devastating hurricane about to hit your team. It is the hurricane of a moral failure by one of your team members. But if you have prepared, it won’t be a “freak out” moment, it will be a “let’s execute our hurricane plan” moment.
By Lance Witt on Aug 7, 2017
In a storm, it is helpful to have a plan, but it is even more important to have clear, decisive leadership in the midst of everything being blown apart.
By Charles Stone on Aug 7, 2017
Several months ago I began something with our staff that has been a huge hit. It’s simple. Any staff can do it, whether in a church or a business application. And it boosts staff morale and excitement when we do it. I encourage you to try it with your staff. It’s called a “Blue Sky Thinking” morning.
By Joe Mckeever on Aug 12, 2017
“I have all this education and training. Why won’t churches call me as pastor?”
By Brandon Cox on Aug 14, 2017
Success isn’t about beating giants. It’s about building a life that grows through trials and challenges.
By Karl Vaters on Aug 22, 2017
Churches don’t become great by adding more programs. They get better at the ones they already have.
By Charles Stone on Aug 28, 2017
Great ministry leaders keep their emotions in check. Unfortunately, when we don’t keep them in check, our emotional brain can hijack clear thinking and good leadership.
By Karl Vaters on Aug 30, 2017
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. But sometimes church growth ideas are failing in smaller churches.
By Joe Hoagland on Sep 4, 2017
See, a Chromebook or even a laptop or desktop only helps you with the content creation side of ministry: preparing sermons, writing lessons, writing blog posts etc. Whereas an iPad Pro can do both sides: content creation as well as presentation.
By Ron Edmondson on Sep 5, 2017
There is one truth about leadership every leader must understand, but is difficult to receive by some leaders. The probability is good you won’t like this truth either.
By Peter Mead on Sep 6, 2017
Preachers speak, but we don’t talk about everything. If you are a preacher you may read this series and find some encouragement that you are not alone. If you know a preacher you may read this and find some understanding that you did not have before.
By Peter Mead on Sep 8, 2017
This series looks at seven things preachers never say. Last time we thought about the burden of expectation. How about this for another: The negative outcomes of both criticism and apathy.
By Karl Vaters on Sep 12, 2017
If we prioritized health, not as a means to growth, but as an end in itself, would we be in a greater position to represent Jesus to the world?
By Lance Witt on Aug 14, 2017
What are the makings of an exceptional team?
By Lance Witt on Aug 28, 2017
One of the reasons the word accountability gets a bad rap is because of the way some people have carried out accountability. Holding people accountable is not using your position as a club to embarrass, humiliate, mistreat, belittle or shame people. Our accountability of people should make those on our team better not bitter.
By Chris Pascarella on Sep 19, 2017
As pastors, we’re called to shepherd the flock (1 Peter 5:2). In fact, God holds us accountable for our shepherding (Hebrews 13:17). But what does it look like to shepherd?
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 22, 2017
"Any pastor can tell you about it. Even when you do your best to serve God by ministering to His people, some church members are not going to forgive you. You didn’t do it their way, weren’t there when they called, didn’t jump at their bark." So how do you handle these kinds of situations?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Oct 2, 2017
"I recently surveyed 1400 small and mid-sized church pastors to find out what they struggle with most as their church grows. They overwhelmingly identified developing leaders as their top challenge."
By Jonathan Howe on Oct 3, 2017
How can using Facebook help you promote your church?
By Karl Vaters on Oct 5, 2017
"We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?"