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Church Attendance: 7 Ways to Attract New People to Your Church This Month

According to a recent study by Exponential and LifeWay Research, 6 out of 10 Protestant churches have plateaued or their attendance is declining. Here are seven things your church can do to attract more new people this month.

This Is Why You Don’t Put New Wine in an Old Wineskin

Don’t be satisfied with the old wine of your traditions and risk refusing the new wine of Christ’s grace. If you are pertinaciously clinging to an inappropriate, legalistic tradition, there’s something you can do today: let it go!

9 Teaching Methods of Jesus

Jesus was the master teacher. Thousands would gather to hang on his every word. People traveled far and wide just to hear him. The lessons he taught spread like fire and literally changed the world.

How to Lead Those Who Don’t Want to Follow

Good leaders have their own thoughts, ideas, and ways to solve problems. It’s up to those of us who lead leaders to harness all that into a healthy and productive team.

Why Cool Church Doesn’t Work Anymore

There was an era when simply being a cool, relevant church helped churches reach unchurched people. That time is over.

Eric Geiger: 6 Really Bad Pastor Appreciation Gifts

Among the bad ideas for pastor appreciation gifts - don't get him a Bible. He already has one. If not, you need another church.

How Anxiety Can Be Good for Us

The truth is anxiety doesn’t discriminate, no matter how spiritually mature or how well versed you are in scripture. Fear can strike anyone at any given time without regard for who they are or what they do. Here's how God can use your anxiety for something good.

Prayer Changes Everything, But Prayer Doesn’t Fix Everything

Prayer isn’t a magic formula that instantly and easily fixes everything.

Anointed and Annoyed: 7 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Deal With

Because leadership deals with people, there will always be frustrations.

Why We All Need to Do a Motive Check on Church Growth

So you want your church to grow. Wonderful. Here’s a challenging question: Why?

Why “Forgiveness Is a Gift You Give Yourself” Is a Dangerous Myth

Biblical forgiveness is a gift to the offender. We release another person’s debts for their sake and for Christ’s sake. But there are myths surround forgiveness that keep us from biblical forgiveness.

A Word of Encouragement to Pastors During Pastor Appreciation Month

I was surprised when I entered the ministry at how hard churches can be on a pastor. I never knew. That's why I write this during pastor appreciation month.

Scot McKnight: Why Legalism Isn’t What You Think

Over the years, my own thinking about legalism has become more nuanced, but I want to map out what legalism is in the context of the New Testament.

12 Reasons People Leave a Local Church

Even if you’re not in the middle of the battle, constant conflict wears out even the best church members.

What to Say at a Funeral to Make Christ Known

The heart to Make God Known should be the goal of every Christian when speaking or sharing at a funeral.

4 Reasons Why Churches Love Their Former Pastor So Much

They threw stones at the former pastor? And now they’re saying how much they love him? Yep. Ask any veteran pastor.

Pastors and the Paradox of Being Resented and Revered

Most pastors will live through the dangers of being revered as well as the pain of being resented. Here are three truths for pastors about the paradox of being resented and revered.

God Sees What Is Done in Secret

I open the door and begin my day: “If I trust him to see what is done in secret, I will not need to be seen by men.”

Preaching Variants Texts In The Bible

In the realm of the theological sciences, no subject is as difficult to navigate as that of Old and New Testament textual criticism. How much should a pastor talk about textual variants when preaching through books of the Bible?

10 Gifts for Pastor Appreciation Month

Show your pastor your true appreciation for his love and ministry over the past year. Here are gifts for pastor appreciation month that will show how much you care.

Youth Pastor Charged With Raping a Student Receives Probation, No Jail...

Jason Greathouse, former Alabama youth pastor who was charged with raping a 14-year old student, will serve two years of unsupervised probation and will not have to register as a sex offender. 

Brian Tome: What It Was Like to Pastor Through the ‘Worst...

“You can go through a desert," says Brian Tome, "and not lose your faith and still be used by God, even though you don't feel like you're being used by God.”

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