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Ten years after their first date, Debby Neal-Strickland married her longtime sweetheart at their Florida church. Two days later, she donated a kidney to Mylaen Merthe — her new husband’s ex-wife.

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Coping With Disapproval – A Pastor’s Guide

A disapproving facial expression stirs up the flight-fight part of our brain and heightens anxiety, even more than an angry facial expression does. I’ve experienced those disapproving looks and have learnedabout coping with disapproval.
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The Main Reason People Don’t Become Church Members

Membership in a local church may seem outdated or unnecessary, but if led well, it adds great strength to your church. But there are definite reasons that people don't become church members.
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The Punches Pastors Never See Coming in Vocational Christian Ministry

Vocational Christian ministry is tough. Every statistic tells us that most pastors don't make it over the long haul. Here are some pitfalls we need to watch out for.
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5 Strategies for Summer Church Services

I’ve been peppered in recent weeks with questions about summer church services and how to address the summer slump in attendance. Here are some ideas:

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Best of ChurchLeaders: Tim Mackie and Jon Collins on Why It’s Hard to Understand...

BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."
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Best of ChurchLeaders: Kara Powell on the #1 Reason Youth Leave the Church—And How...

"Our vision," says Dr. Kara Powell, "is that churches and youth ministries would be the first place where young people feel like they can go with their tough questions."
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Laurence Koo: A Call for the American Church to Welcome Single (LGBTQ) Believers

“Especially in America, there’s such a loneliness," says Laurence Koo. "How do I even fit into a community that’s so based on only families and married people?"
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Preston Sprinkle: Jesus Left the 99 to Pursue the One—And That Means Trans People

“I would recommend that a pastor with a group of leaders work hard at educating yourself" about trans identities, says Preston Sprinkle. "We can’t pretend that this is such a fringe issue that it's not worth our interest to engage in."
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Caleb Kaltenbach: Do You See the LGBTQ Community Through God’s Eyes?

“God is the most empathetic being in the entire universe," says Caleb Kaltenbach, who observes, "Nobody is empathetic from a distance."
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Rachel Gilson: How Jesus Helps Me Say No to My Same-Sex Desires

"You can’t only say no," says Rachel Gilson. "You have to say yes. Yes to Christ the only strength I know.”
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Sean McDowell: Scripture Is Very Clear About God’s Design for Sexuality

When it comes to sexuality and gender identity, “We're committed to Scripture," says Sean McDowell, "but we are [also] committed to loving people sacrificially.”

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12 Things A Church Pastor Cannot Do

There are 12 things a church pastor cannot do. Pastors are amazing people and, in faith, they can do a lot...just not these things.