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7 Reasons You Should Invite (Some) People to Leave Your Church

Sometimes, one of the best things you can do to become even more effective at accomplishing your mission is to invite people to leave your church.

5 Attacks of the Enemy on Christian Workers These Days

The enemy has always sought to turn our attention away from reaching non-believers, discipling new believers, and planting healthy churches.

The Truth About Church Demographics

In the church, George Barna has made a career out of church demographics. We live in sociological ghettoes, and those who sell goods, services, and philosophies can find all the figures they need to target their message.

7 Things Christians Should Give Up to Reach Unchurched People

The challenge is that unchurched people aren’t exactly flocking to most churches, and many Christians seem stumped as to why that is.

Of Course We Want Our Church to Grow—We Just Don’t Want to CHANGE

One of the tensions many of us wrestle with as leaders who are trying to help your church change happens when people tell us: I want our church to grow. I just don’t want it to change.

5 Ways to Deal With DIFFICULT People

Every pastor has to deal with difficult people, those who don’t listen. If you are in a place of influence (leadership), you might find that some people aren’t interested in what you have to say.

9 Ways to Connect With God

This week we’re celebrating a new release of Sacred Pathways: Nine Ways to Connect with God. It has a new cover and a new section that explores the pathways in light of the increasing focus on the Enneagram.

Should Your Church Sell Advertising on its Livestream?

I asked a range of highly respected pastors, marketing experts, and other Christian communication professionals what they’d recommend regarding church advertising. While we didn’t find a consensus, we did get a wide range of interesting responses.

11 Totally Honest Responses to the Church Meet and Greet

Some people hear about a church meet and greet and think, "That sounds like fun!" Others hear the same words and and have these responses:

7 Ways to Hold Onto Hope

When you hide behind your beautiful mask, you’re not doing yourself any good. You can hold on to hope when you are honest with yourself and others.

How to Combat the Uptick in Antisemitic Attacks

Holocaust education will eventually do the trick; in the meantime, increased visible security must protect people of faith against antisemitic attacks.

Antisemitism in the West Is Out in the Open, Not Hiding in Plain Sight

For several years, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has been deeply concerned that antisemitism was hiding in plain sight in the US and Europe. But today, anti-Israel sentiment has largely shed this pretense.

5 Fascinating Lessons From a ‘Secret’ Guest in Church Worship Services

The guests showed up to your church worship services, but they never returned. Has that ever happened in your church? You speak with someone who is visiting for the first time. You try to be friendly. But you never see them again.

New Kinds of Churches Are the Hope of the Future

The hope of the future include things like messy churches and heavy metal churches, as well as pub churches, microchurches, dinner churches or house churches and other missional communities.

What Is the Worst Sin in the World?

Hint: It's not murder, rape or child molestation.

Jesus’ Surprising Secret to the Power of Prayer

After Jesus provided a sample prayer, he continued with seven simple words that can forever change our ideas about the power of prayer.

Are You Cheating on God?

Our ultimate heart's desire is the one thing we will sacrifice everything for. You and I are in a relationship with God, a relationship that parallels (and exceeds) the one between a husband and a wife. That being the case, could you be cheating on God?

What to Do if Church Volunteers Don’t Come Back for a While

Let your hard-working volunteers know that they are welcome to come back as worshipers even if they’re not ready to pitch in as volunteers yet. This should be a no-guilt, no-strings-attached, sincere offer.

Preparing Your Family for Church Planting

When my wife, Heather, and I felt God leading us to plant a church, questions flooded our minds. The most pressing was, “Can we do this as a family of seven?” And if so, “How do we prepare our little ones for church planting?”

The Difference Between Change and Transformation

Change and transformation are connected, though. Every transformation requires changes, but not all changes are transformational.

Alan Hirsch: The Church Needs To Stop Making Jesus in Its...

Alan Hirsch joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about why he believes the American church is out of alignment with Jesus and what we need to do to put our focus back on him.

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