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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."

12 Signs of Mediocrity in a Church

"As a church consultant, I’ve learned that these signs are often an indicator that the church overall does not strive for excellence."

5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

You have to be very careful with leadership equity. Every decision you make, and every risk you lead your organization to take will require an investment of some of your leadership equity (the trust people place in you).

What Happens When God Speaks to You

God begins to come alive to you. In a very real and tangible way, God speaks to you. Now, when God speaks to you, I’m not talking about some new word from God.

The Secret Sin Behind Passive Aggressive Behavior

"Identify the promises they make to us, recognize these false promises as lies and then trust the superior promises of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit."

21 Things You Might Not Know About Your Pastor & Family

Here are 21 aspects of pastor life that might surprise you. These don't apply to every pastor, but many of them do!

Rick Warren: 5 Big Goals for the New Year of Ministry

As you plan your preaching, prepare your budget and arrange your calendar, I’m convinced the following questions will help you to make more disciples, more effectively. Here are five big goals for a new year of ministry from Rick Warren.

6 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.

7 Ways Senior Pastors Can Engage Teenagers to Listen to Their Sermons

With teens' short attention span, preaching engaging sermons for teenagers (and even adults) is not easy. But if you are a senior pastor, and there are teenagers in the room, you had better engage them or you will lose them.

3 Dangerous Characteristics of False Doctrine

"Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth." The result is false doctrine.

Are There Levels in Heaven?

The idea of greater rewards among those blessed in the Kingdom works against the perspective of the text. In God’s kingdom, the blessed—the meek, humble, merciful, etc.—stand in stark contrast with what counts as great in this world.

7 Practical Thoughts on Forgiveness in Leadership

Forgiving people and asking for forgiveness is tough work. But forgiveness is to the leader what oxygen is to the lungs.

9 Common Christmas Myths Christians Believe

Christmas is an awesome reminder that God kept His promises from the Old Testament to send a Messiah to rescue His people from their sins. However, since that time, many Christmas myths have been added to the greatest story ever told.

Rick Warren: 12 Keys to a More Powerful Prayer Life

Do you want to develop a more powerful prayer life? An old saint shared with me 12 prayer principles from the life of Jesus Christ, and it made a huge difference in my personal prayer time.

First-Time Guest Gifts: 26 Lessons From 33 Churches

When people visit your church for the first time, how do you welcome them effectively?

Former AME Zion Bishop Staccato Powell Charged With Fraud in $14...

Former president of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church’s board of bishops, Staccato Powell, and a lay leader in the denomination were arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.

Mike Cosper: What ‘The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill’ Means...

Mike Cosper joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share his experience creating the "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" and his thoughts on what church leaders should take away from the series.

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