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Why We Must Emphasize a Pastor’s Character Over His Skill

What are the most important qualifications of a pastor? Of all the many qualifications laid out in the New Testament, there is just one related to skill and one related to experience. There is something else that is far more of a priority.
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Succession Planning: Your Organization’s Health Depends Upon It

Just as succession planning has become standard for many businesses, it is necessary for churches to enable them to handle pastoral change with a sense of spiritual readiness and stability. A good pastor-to-church match significantly contributes to a congregation’s ability to do God’s work through ministry — work that is impactful and transforms lives.
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6 Traits of a Biblically Faithful Preacher

God has called preachers to be faithful rather than successful, so how can we be sure we are staying true to the call?
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Effective Ways to Pay Off Seminary Debt

Today many people struggle with seminary debt, but it can be especially difficult for those who have gone to seminary and are not in high paying positions as they serve in churches or faith-based organizations. The statistics can be daunting but also, in a way, reassuring, because they show that millions of people are in a similar situation.



Esau McCaulley

Esau McCaulley: Why Do We Treat Racism Differently Than Other Sins?

"If things like lust and greed and materialism are sins that recur," says Esau McCaulley, "then why wouldn't racism be a sin that recurred that requires the entirety of our energy?"
Kaitlyn Schiess

Kaitlyn Schiess: Do You Believe One of These 4 False Gospels?

"Politics is not just about policies and leaders," says Kaitlyn Schiess. "It's about the direction of our spiritual formation."
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Wade Mullen: How to Recognize Spiritual Abuse in the Church

When we think of signs of spiritual abuse, says Wade Mullen, “I think many of us have this perception of abuse that is related to some kind of violent event...what I’ve come to realize over time is that abuse is much broader than that.”
mary lederleitner

Mary Lederleitner: How to Preach and Lead During an Election Year

"I think a lot of time political idolatry really raises its ugly head when people are afraid," says Mary Lederleitner, "because most people fall into idolatry to look for a sense of security."
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Justin Giboney: How to Know If Your Pursuit of Justice Is Biblical

“If we speak the truth in love and apply that to the public square," says Justin Giboney, "I think we end up with a lot more faithful witness."
greg atkinson

Greg Atkinson: How to Take Hospitality As Seriously As God Does

"Most churches don’t staff for hospitality," says Greg Atkinson. However, "the churches that do staff for it and that do take it seriously, the common denominator is they are fast-growing churches."

Adam Weber: How to Love Difficult People (for Pastors)

"A critical part of leadership is loving the people around you," says Adam Weber. And love is "really, really messy.”

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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.