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All Christians Are Called to Full Time Ministry

If you call yourself a Christian, your agenda is now filled with an all-consuming calling from Christ himself to full time ministry.

Shepherding: Where The Shepherds Are Shaped by the Sheep

I can’t imagine a better scenario or a sweeter season for my first pastorate. I learned that in shepherding, the sheep shape the shepherd.

Most Churches Are Not Ready to Be Ethnically Diverse – Here’s Why

While specific churches are leading the way toward being ethnically diverse, a movement of tens of thousands of churches does not exist. Perhaps we’re at the beginning stages of such a movement.

How to Know If Your Leadership Is Abusive

Ministry isn’t easy. Firm leadership and visionary leadership are necessary at times, hard decisions need to be taken and church discipline needs to be exercised, but there can be an overall tone, or an underlying current to a man’s ministry that is far from helpful.

The FIRST STEP in Church Revitalization May Shock You

It’s deciding what’s important. Asking questions such as, why we are a church? What would God have us to do as one? Church revitalization means changing the focus from “us” to “them."

Recognize Church Dropouts Before They Leave

One of the most significant reasons for stagnating and declining attendance is church dropouts. The most challenging problem is that church dropouts rarely return.

Thom Rainer: 7 Secrets of Healthy Churches

Thom Rainer: Has your church had a health exam lately? How would it fare in your honest assessment of these seven secrets of healthy churches?

How to Witness to Family Members at Thanksgiving

We don’t have to be Jedi-master evangelists to be agents of the gospel among those we know best. Here's how to witness to family members.

8 Reasons Why People Aren’t Coming Back — from a Secret Shopper

Why do people decide not to come back to church? Whether I’m working with a church plant of 60 people or a megachurch of over 15,000, some things are universally important.

Teaching New Believers the Importance of Baptism

Helping new believers recognize the importance of baptism and helping church members understand their role in communicating that importance is one of your greatest challenges.

How to Experience a Breakthrough in Your Church’s Growth

How do we experience a breakthrough in church growth? There are plenty of answers in terms of systems and methodologies, models and approaches. But before we go about the reshaping of the structure or ministry of a church, we first need to experience a change in our mindset.

How to Be Transparent in Ministry (and Why)

Real transparency between fellow sisters (and brothers) in Christ is much deeper and much more difficult than what we commonly practice. Being transparent in ministry is painful, embarrassing, humbling work, for the teller as well as for the hearer.

4 Sure Signs Your Church Needs More First-Time Guests

As I’ve worked with churches across the country pondering over these issues, I’ve bumped into these sure signs that are evident in churches that aren’t seeing enough first-time guests arriving at their church.

5 Ways to Sweeten Your Morning with God

Give your morning devotions these five major upgrades, and you will likely see a big difference in the grace you see flowing into your life during those quiet hours.

Christian Dating: Are There Any Rules Anymore?

Dating, especially Christian dating, should be fun. Why is it that so many single Christians turn dating into some kind of checklist and interviewing process?

8 Easy Ways to Be Missional

We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. We can have a missional lifestyle in everyday ways without overloading our schedules.

Church Stewardship Ideas – 4 Mistakes Churches Make

Change can be hard. Evaluate where you are honestly, and consider these church stewardship ideas. Then take the next faithful step toward teaching your church how to be more generous.

7 Great Summer Church Outreach Ideas

Summer is a time when things aren’t so chaotic and people are a little less tense. And it's a GREAT time as a church to make yourself known in your community. We’ve got seven summer outreach ideas for you to do this year.

5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Churches

Growing larger isn’t the most beautiful part of our story. It’s that we’ve managed to spread out and multiply by planting churches.

Thom Rainer: 7 Reasons Why Church Outreach Programs Fail

When I wrote "Autopsy of a Deceased Church," my desire was to demonstrate the terrible consequences and deaths of local congregations when the members are inwardly focused. It's why church outreach Programs fail.

Semler, Queer Musician Who Topped Christian iTunes Charts, Sends Shocking Message...

Semler describes her music as someone on a street searching for who God is, and after finding Him, struggling to obey His commands, telling the world—especially Christians–”F*** you, God can love me.”

Laura Lewis: What Women Who Have Had Abortions Need From Your...

Dr. Laura Lewis joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about the needs of women who have had abortions and how churches can help.

Outreach & Missions How To's