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God’s 5 Purposes for Your Marriage

When husband and wife are mutually committed to being God’s people for each other, marriage soars.

How to Deal With People Who Don’t Like You

God created us to be social, and if we’re honest, all of us care if people like us. So, how do we keep from withdrawing when we have to deal with someone who doesn’t like us?

How to Revitalize an Old Church (and Live to Tell the Tale)

If we let a church die and go out of business, then bring a new group into the building and start afresh with something different, that's not the way to revitalize anything. We have held a funeral and then birthed a new flock.

3 Ways Prayer and Fasting Opens Doors

That unexpected open door led to what we commonly call Paul’s first missionary journey (Acts 13:1-4). The world was permanently changed out of that prayer and fasting in that meeting when a new door.

3 Common Misconceptions of Calvinism

What is Calvinism? Those who are reformed like to think of it as biblical Christianity.

7 Secrets Your Pastors Wish They Could Tell You (But Probably Won’t)

Have you been wondering how to encourage your pastor? There are several things you can keep in mind to support your pastor through the daily challenges of ministry.

How Philip Yancey Encountered Grace After Experiencing ‘Some of the Worst the Church Has to Offer’

Philip Yancey's childhood church experiences contributed to a warped view of God and people. But later in his life, that changed as Yancey encountered God's lavish, mysterious grace.

15 Different Types of Pastoral Leaders

Few of us who are pastors excel in—or even enjoy—every aspect of pastoral ministry. Most of us have a few areas we greatly enjoy, a...

4 Tips for the New Pastor’s Wife

I’ve found that instead of dressing nice and being willing to change diapers, the most critical parts of my job don’t even take place on Sunday mornings. Here are four tips for the new pastor's wife—what I wish I had understood before we planted our church.

Joe McKeever: How to Give Thanks — And How Not To!

No one who is even slightly aware of his debt to so many around him/her will ever catch up on the task of giving thanks to those to whom he is indebted. But it’s no excuse not to try. We can learn how to give thanks.

‘What’s Your Story?’ People on Twitter Share How Jesus Saved Them

When Rachel Joy Welcher asked her Twitter followers to share their stories of how they came to trust in Jesus, social media served a different purpose than it normally does.

Sermons Don’t Make Disciples

The key to discipleship is not a process or a proclamation. The key to discipleship is a disciple.

How to Be a Best Friend to a Pastor [7 Important Ways]

"I would say more pastors live paranoid of who they can trust than have someone they would consider a close confidant."

15 Preaching Quotes for Thanksgiving

Good preaching quotes great preachers. How much will you talk about Thanksgiving (or the giving of thanks) from the pulpit this year? 400 years of American history, coupled with the full history of the church worldwide, provides us with plenty of preaching quotes for Thanksgiving.

The Biggest Difference Between Churches That Are Raising Young Leaders and Those That Aren’t

We can’t just disciple potential young leaders, we have to release them.

How Human Genius Reveals Our Broken Relationship With God—Erwin McManus Explains

Pastor and author Erwin McManus shares with the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast how understanding the quality of genius—especially the genius of Jesus—has more fully revealed the nature of God to him.

Why I Don’t Believe in Christian Accountability

Here are a few reasons why I don't believe in Christian accountability and why we need a new discussion about integrity.

What to Say When Someone Dies (And What Not to Say)

"Many people struggle with what to say to the grief-stricken."

9 Books for Pastors and Leaders Who Want to Last

I highly recommend 9 powerful books for pastors and leaders to equip you. They address issues like trust, disagreements, doctrine, and so much more, and offer constructive and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives.

The World Isn’t Looking for a Bigger Church, They Want a Better Church

What does a better church experience look like? It's easy to think that the answer is growing bigger. But the truth is, people want to attend and serve at a church where they can experience being loved by the God who made them.

‘Plunge Parties,’ Hot Tubs, and Non-Traditional Baptistries—Baptisms Today Break the Mold

“We live in an age where people like experiences. It’s not that it looks better, but it feels better. It feels more authentic, it feels more real. It’s not the container that matters. It’s what is going on in the person’s heart.”

Greg Laurie on the Likelihood of Another Jesus Movement and Why...

Greg Laurie appears on the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share what it was like to grow up in the middle of the Jesus People Movement and his thoughts on whether we'll see another awakening like it.

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