Articles for Pastors

Articles for Pastors

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11 Things Leaders Do To Go From From Ordinary To Extraordinary

11 Things Leaders Do to Go From From Ordinary to Extraordinary

It has been said the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just a little extra. As a leader looking to improve your team’s performance, you can apply the following key learnings to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
Two Questions About Pastors That Bug Me

Two Questions About Pastors That Bug Me

Some pastors live their entire lives without problems, serving church after church with a string of unbroken successes. What sets these pastors apart?
A Letter from Eugene Peterson on Christian Celebrities, Transition, and the Megachurch

A Letter From Eugene Peterson on Christian Celebrities, Transition and the Megachurch

Eugene Peterson has deeply shaped my outlook on life, spirituality, ministry and pastoring—probably more than anyone else. He will be deeply missed. I’m not here...
Why 'We Need to Reach Young People' Might Distract Your Church

Why ‘We Need to Reach Young People’ Might Distract Your Church

“If you don’t reach young people your church is going to die.”
An Open Letter to Rachael Denhollander on #SBCToo

An Open Letter to Rachael Denhollander on #SBCToo

In my silence and my speech, in my actions and inaction, I sinned against you, against women in my churches, against women in the SBC, and against women in the world. Of you and them, I ask—forgive me.
The Undeniable, Irresistible Resilience of the Small Church

The Undeniable, Irresistible Resilience of the Small Church

Small churches are not better than big churches. Big churches aren’t better than small ones.
A Great Move of God Always Leads To A Great Advancement of the Gospel

A Great Move of God Always Leads to a Great Advancement of the Gospel

Gospel advancement cannot be divorced from the power of prayer. Nor should prayer be divorced from the need for gospel advancement regionally, nationally and internationally.
Character Over Talent

Character Over Talent

So what are you looking for? Certainly gifts and abilities are a factor, but second only to character. And what are we looking for in terms of character?
What If Paul's Thorn in the Flesh Was This?

What if Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh Was This?

Though we may never know what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was, this seems to be a reasonable explanation for it...
How to Know If You're Running on Emotional Fumes (and 4 Shortcuts to Refuel)

How to Know If You’re Running on Emotional Fumes (and 4 Shortcuts to Refuel)

If our calendar is consistently crammed, with little-to-no white space to be found, we’re probably running on emotional fumes.
Major New Research on Declining, Plateaued, and Growing Churches

Major New Research on Declining, Plateaued and Growing Churches

70 percent of churches are subtracting/declining or plateauing. Only 30 percent are adding/growing based on Exponential’s categorization of churches which is defined above.
Tragedy

How to Comfort Those Rocked by Tragedy (A Personal Story)

How to help your people say, “This day is very bad, but You are good” when struck by tragedy.
“Don’t Wrestle With Pigs” (Thoughts on Handling Criticism)

“Don’t Wrestle With Pigs” (Thoughts on Handling Criticism)

If we are unable to handle criticism, we may want to consider doing something different with our lives.
Preaching Half the Gospel

Preaching Half the Gospel

For many years, we have preached half the gospel by encouraging people to be saved FROM something—namely sin, wrath, damnation and eternal punishment—and neglected the fact that we’re saved for something.
Where Are All the Single Pastors?

Where Are All the Single Pastors?

It is not ultimately our personal experience that qualifies us to teach into a given situation (though it can undoubtedly help); it is our handling of the Word of God.
The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

As I write this, we’re three days from our church’s big Grand Opening at our new location. Our church is seven years old. We’ve met...
5 Simple Ways to Assess the Effectiveness of Your Leadership

5 Simple Ways to Assess the Effectiveness of Your Leadership

One of the most difficult aspects of leadership is to know how you’re doing as a leader. Add a little insecurity into the mix, and...
3 Elements Every Team Member Needs From Their Leader to Thrive

3 Elements Every Team Member Needs From Their Leader to Thrive

When leaders provide their teams with what they need they’ll accomplish more than what you’ve asked.
Why I Don’t See Tithing as the Pinnacle of Christian Virtue, OR as Something Legalistic

Why I Don’t See Tithing as the Pinnacle of Christian Virtue, OR as Something...

May you not be obsessed with tithing, or feel self-righteous about tithing, or be under bondage to tithing, or attack tithing as evil.

“I Should Have Been Doing Most of What I Did as a Student Pastor”

I followed a living legend in Kenton Beshore when I became senior pastor of Mariners Church six months ago. I have enjoyed learning from...
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