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An Example of a Statement of Faith

A statement of faith reveals the doctrine of the church. Expecting all people to agree with everything is more cult-like than Christ-like. However, we must have parameters of belief. Otherwise, the church will break under the stress of disunity.

12 Lies American Evangelicals Believe

"While most Americans identify as Christians, they seem confused about the details of their faith."

We Remember Dr. King’s Message but Have We Missed His Point?

Nearly every schoolchild can tell you Dr. King “had a dream,” but perhaps only one in ten can articulate that dream.

Six Lessons From Luther’s Preaching

Many think of Martin Luther primarily as a reformer. However, he thought of himself first and foremost, as a preacher. John Ker wrote, “Preaching was the center and spring of his power; by preaching he moved Germany and then Europe, till he shook the Papal throne.

The Worst Job Description Ever

Only a fear of God will overcome your fear of not wanting to do a job he has given you.

14 Surprising Facts About Pastors

There are plenty of facts about pastors that might surprise you! You know your pastor preaches, officiates weddings and probably has meetings in his office to explain some theological question. But what is the role of a pastor really like?

Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing—With One Condition

If a small church can provide opportunities for genuine relationships with God and among the church members, such churches can be the vanguard of a new church movement. But this opportunity comes with one big condition.

6 Key Questions to Ask of Your Sermon Before You Preach it

Before you preach your next sermon, take the time to answer these six questions.

Tips on Being an Emotionally Intelligent Pastor (From a Christian Psychologist)

As a Christian psychologist, my goal is to show you some startling research and help you understand a few very powerful leadership skills.

The Surprising Truth About Doubting

Jesus walked out of a sealed tomb and joined them for lunch. And in spite of all the disciples had experienced some of them doubted. How is such doubting possible?

5 Differences Between a Critical Mind and a Critical Spirit

There is a massive difference between a critical mind and a critical spirit. The former builds up; the latter tears down.

7 Signs of Unchecked Arrogance in Young Leaders

If you're one of these young leaders, be aware of these problematic signs of unchecked arrogance. Make sure you check your heart!

7 Reasons Why Church People Criticize Pastors

People criticize pastors. It's just how it goes. But understanding why they do so can help us deal with criticism better. Here are seven reasons why church people criticize pastors, as well as suggestions for how to respond.

Pastor, Do You Have a Priscilla in Your Church?

The example of men partnering with women in the Bible is a beautiful thing. Paul wrote repeatedly about the women who helped him in his ministry, and Jesus was also helped by faithful women.

10 Sure Marks of Humility

What is humility? The Christian has the joy of seeing the Holy Spirit put pride to death and bring the beauty of humility to life. Here are some of the key traits of true humility.

Husbands Love Your Wives by Affirming Them Publicly

If you want to grow in being a good husband, try publicly praising and affirming your wife. As a pastor, this is a way of modeling to your congregation what it means to live out your admiration for her.

6 Warning Signs of a Toxic Church Culture

Every church has a culture. But how do you know if your church culture is toxic? More importantly, how would you know whether you’re creating a toxic church culture as a leader?

Pastoral Plagiarism: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

How do you know when you've crossed the line into pastoral plagiarism? I’m not sure we can know precisely because it's not as though we have clearly spelled out rules. But I think we can—or at least should—agree to these 10 commandments.

7 Lies Christians Believe About Sex

"Today, I see sex as a beautiful, powerful gift from God. But getting to this point wasn’t easy."

‘Redeeming Love’ Movie Releases—But Should Christians Go See It?

The film, “Redeeming Love,” based on the Christian novel of the same name, released today in theaters. Author Francine Rivers says her story demonstrates “the pursuing love that God shows to His people,” but Christian author Phylicia Masonheimer believes it could be "enormous stumbling block" for some.

Jackie Hill Perry: Why We Have the Wrong Idea About God’s...

Jackie Hill Perry joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share why the holiness of God is far more beautiful than we often think it is.

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