Articles for Pastors

Articles for Pastors

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mental health in the church

Mental Health in the Church: Learning from (and for) Jarrid Wilson

Church pastor Jarrid Wilson died by suicide on September 9, 2019. In his life and writings, Jarrid Wilson challenged the issue of mental health in the church.
Walk by the Spirit

What Does It Mean to Walk by the Spirit?

To walk by the Spirit means to obey the Holy Spirit. To live life according to the leading of the Spirit. But first of all…
fool according to his folly

Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

There are certain circumstances when it is not wise to answer a fool according to his folly, but there are other circumstances when it is wise to answer a fool according to his folly.
About 'Your Truth' and 'My Truth'

Self-Appointed Word Police: About ‘Your Truth’ and ‘My Truth’

Leaders and teachers care about words because they know the power within them. But just because words matter does not mean we should play the role of self-appointed word police.
12 Signs of Power-Hungry Pastors

12 Signs of Power-Hungry Pastors

I believe all leaders, because of our fallen nature, have to deal with some or all of the following issues at times in our lives. But some power-hungry pastors have totally given in and live out these issues as a lifestyle of choice.
On Controversy and Rules of Persuasion

Handling Controversy With Rules of Persuasion

No matter the theological issue, we can be sure that a litany of quick-fire responses often only exacerbate the issue for those who are in need of biblical instruction and theologically nuanced clarity. To that end, I would suggest that the antiquarian tripartite modes of persuasion (i.e. ethos, logos, and pathos) are helpful when seeking to engage in theological controversy.
The Main Reason People Don’t Become Church Members

The Main Reason People Don’t Become Church Members

Church membership should not consist of rules to keep people out, but ramps to help people grow. Membership in a local church may seem outdated or unnecessary, but if led well, it adds great strength to your church. But there are definite reasons that people don't become church members.
new pastor's wife

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.
enjoy your job

7 Ways to Enjoy Your Job When You Don’t Love It

Being grateful for a job doesn’t always equal enjoying that job. So, this year I’m offering suggestions for enjoying your job even when you don’t love it.
How Going to Church Benefits Brain and Body

How Going to Church Benefits Brain and Body

Did you know that God wired our bodies and brains to benefit from both attending church and developing a healthy spiritual life? Consider these ways science shows us that church benefits both brain and body.
business to ministry

9 Action Steps for a Successful Transition From Business to Ministry

The church is blessed by the many business leaders moving from business to ministry. Men and women of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds have sensed a call to ministry, and many at great sacrifice, have made the change. They bring so much valuable experience to church leadership.
Christians and Family Planning: What Does God Want?

Christians and Family Planning: What Does God Want?

Family planning is a tricky topic to get to grips with. But regardless of a church leader’s own beliefs, it’s crucial that couples are encouraged to carefully consider their decision, including the consequences, while making sure that they adhere to God’s wishes at all times.
digital world is doing to usFive Things We Now Know the Online World Is Doing to Us That Has Never Been Done to Us Before

Five Things We Now Know the Digital World Is Doing to Us That Has...

There are few things more fascinating – and more pressing – to social scientists than to discover what our new digital world is doing to us, particularly the new online world. From an assortment of new surveys and studies, I’ve drawn together five key findings.
What Is the Trinity Debate About?

What Is the Trinity Debate About?

In 2016 a number of online articles debated the question of how the Son relates to the Father. And now a number of subsequent books on the Trinity debate have reached the presses.
How I Left Legalism Without Leaving God

How I Left Legalism Without Leaving God

It's possible. I left legalism. And I didn't leave God. Here's how I left legalism without leaving God.
College Freshmen

College Freshmen: Don’t Forget These 3 Things

College freshmen: More than you hunger and thirst for the good things that college provides, hunger and thirst for Jesus and His righteousness. Those other things will be thrown in as blessings as well, but only He will fill you.
Messy Church History: Keepin' Us Honest

Messy Church History: Keepin’ Us Honest

This messy church history paradigm ought not surprise the believer, but it often does. It ought not surprise us because the Scriptures themselves are messy.
meaningful conversation

How to Turn Hot Topics Into Relational Bridges for Meaningful Conversation

“What’s your opinion” is a code that, if understood properly, can unlock some of the most meaningful conversations you’ll have. You can be right, and do wrong. Be careful with the soul in front of you.
living wisely

Living Wisely to Spite Satan

One of the devil’s go-to gambits is keeping us stupid but God wants us living wisely to spite Satan. What’s especially insidious about this ploy, however, is that the kind of stupid the devil wants for us doesn’t really have anything to do with intellect.
pastor who deserves to be followed

Six Characteristics of the Pastor Who Deserves to Be Followed

Churches that are actually making devoted followers of Christ out of the raw material of lost people have pastors who are expected to actually lead. And these are pastors who deserve to be followed.
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Pastor Greg Laurie on Suicide: Hope Has the Last Word

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship delivered a message Thursday at a special service remembering the life of Jarrid Wilson. While Laurie had a number of exhortations for his listeners, he especially emphasized the preeminence of Jesus.

New Podcasts

Tara Beth Leach: This Is How Your Preaching Can Thwart Consumerism

Tara Beth Leach believes it's all too easy for church to turn into, "Come, consume, and see the show." Tara Beth is an author, speaker and senior pastor, and this week on our podcast, she shares how pastors can counteract consumerism and help their members see themselves as the missional people of God.

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