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Why the Search for a Church That Meets Your Needs Is Futile

Should the criteria of a church meeting your needs be the reason you change churches? Well, what if the church was never intended to meet your needs? What if the furthest thing from God’s mind when he created the church was to meet your needs?

16 Ways to Provoke Your Children to Anger

Here are some ways that we parents can provoke our children to anger. I’ve done many of these, and for this reason I’m grateful for the blood of Jesus and the power of the Spirit to change.
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To the Pastor About to Preach With Kids in the Room

The majority of churches that I have talked to are beginning with worship and no kids’ ministry. I believe this is wise as the requirements for social distancing and safety are beyond what is feasible for kids’ ministry leaders and volunteers.
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Copy a Mega-Church

So why wouldn’t you blindly copy a mega church? Here are five reasons not to that I’ve both experienced personally and observed widely among other church leaders, as well as five ways to better adopt the practices you see and admire.
King David

The Day King David Became an Atheist

King David, the hero who killed tens of thousands of evil people, the worshipper who penned the most beautiful songs and chapters in the Bible, the man who was anointed by God to be the king of Israel, has become a momentary atheist.
self-esteem

The Potential Perils of Self(ie) Esteem

Yet there is an underbelly to the hunt for self-esteem, because it presses us to compare ourselves to others. And when we compare ourselves to others, it sets us up for pride. And pride goes before a fall. And a fall wrecks self-esteem.
New Communication Opportunities From Covid’s Second Wave

New Communication Opportunities From Covid’s Second Wave

When it comes to pushing through this final stage before the vaccine and herd immunity kicks in, here’s five important things to consider regarding second wave communication.
bad ways to run a church

4 Bad Ways to Run a Church — And One Good One

Something’s driving your church. There are good ways to run a church and there are bad ways to run a church . . . the challenge for many church leaders is no one is really quite clear on what that is.
poverty of time

Do You Suffer From A Poverty of Time?

We live in a day of overload and overcommitment. Because of that, some now speak of the poverty of time: our inability to stop, to slow down, to process, reflect and sabbath.
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Five “Short-Timers” Who May Not Stay Long at Your Church

There are five types of individuals who are most likely to not stay very long. I’m afraid there is nothing in this article that will help you keep them. But perhaps, if you have advanced warning, their departure won’t hurt so much.
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The Spiritual Battle With Weight Loss

Today we talk about weight loss. The physical side of weight loss will happen in a lot of different ways for various people. But there’s a spiritual dimension to weight loss that we all need to be aware of.
2021

5 Steps to Lead Strong in 2021

You know now more than ever before that church can be effective both online and in-person. That’s the new reality. BOTH. In 2021 we’ll all be learning how to do both well. What an incredible opportunity.
can't afford to keep

7 Kinds of People You Can’t Afford to Keep

The people you are most afraid of losing are the people you most need to lose. Truthfully, you can’t afford to keep them.
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7 Predictions for the Church in 2021

It’s New Year’s Day, and Pam and I wish you a most happy New Year! With this change in the calendar, here are some of my predictions for the church in this new year:
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Joe McKeever: My Seven Worst Mistakes as a Pastor

Thom Rainer talked about seven pastoring mistakes he had made in his ministry. Give him credit, he admitted that if he wrote about all the mistakes he’d made in the Lord’s work, “it would have to be a multi-volume series!”
church finances

Four Key Safeguards to Make Sure Your Church Finances Stand Up Under Scrutiny

Many years ago, I remember reading an article in our local paper about a pastor who was day trading using church finances. The church lost a significant amount of money. At the time I thought how does this happen? Now I understand.
typical pastor's wife

Lori Wilhite: The Typical Pastor’s Wife Is Dead

I think the typical pastor's wife is dead. You know, that woman who had it all together, never seemed to struggle, played the piano, attended every event and met everyone's expectations ... although she could have had some help with her wardrobe.
repent

Christianity Without Repentance Isn’t Christianity

The word repent is one that doesn’t sit too well with many people around the world. What is intended to be a gift and opportunity to encounter the grace of God has now become something individuals cringe at.
exercise

4 Reasons to Set an Exercise Rhythm for 2021

Lots of people will set exercise goals as a new year begins, and these goals can be good and useful. Goals can motivate and keep you going when you have discouraging moments or want to quit. But vastly more important than exercise goals is an exercise plan.
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21 Things All Great Leaders Do

Great leaders are in part born, but it’s also learned. Just because you have the instincts for leadership doesn’t make you a great leader. Great leadership is also about cultivating the right habits and disciplines.
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