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Does Same Sex Attraction Disqualify Someone From Ministry?

Is there a place for people with same sex attraction in the church? How about in your church? Could there even be a place for same sex attracted people to serve and lead in ministry?

The Pastor’s Calling: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

Spiritual formation and discipleship are more like horticulture than education. Good soil brings great harvests. Success in making disciples is not (at first) measured quantitatively, but qualitatively.

5 Negative Church-Leader Mindsets About Funding

As church leaders, there is a connection between our beliefs on generosity, fundraising, funding, giving, and what happens in our churches. We must identify inherently negative ways of thinking and replace these thoughts with the mindset God desires of us. 

8 Healthy Ways to Deal With It When Leadership is Lonely

Leadership is lonely in some ways. With every step in leadership we make comes the inevitable increase in loneliness. The higher we climb in leadership, the more responsibilities we get, the lonelier we become.

5 Practices of Leaders Who Develop Leaders

Developing leaders is an art. It’s a great responsibility and one of the most meaningful things you can do as a leader.  Personally, I love it!

The Goal of Spiritual Practices

Spiritual practices are the ways that we connect with God and relate to God. But spiritual practices also do something else; they are how we become more present to God, others, and ourselves.

Studying Theology – 4 Reactions From “Regular People”

By studying theology, people see how all the different things they believe interact with one another. They see how the person of Jesus cannot be separated from the work of Jesus.

7 Sins of Selfish Leaders

Leaders often succumb to the temptation to make everything about them. It is about their goals, their career and their recognition. They become a selfish leader.

The Amazing Power of Thanking God for What He HASN’T Done

If you have been praying for a son or daughter’s return to the faith, take a break and thank God for bringing them back. If you have been praying for release from a sin, thank God for His strength and deliverance. #thankful #thankGod

Why Does God Command Violence in the Old Testament?

Is God's personality inconsistent between the Old and New Testaments? N.T. Wright and Jefferson Bethke discuss it.

Top Characteristics of a Good Shepherd

Good shepherds can say to their flocks, "Follow me as I follow Christ."

In the Christian Life, the Name of Jesus Is Everything

After receiving the 10 Commandments, Moses asks to see God’s glory. God reminds Moses that if he were to meet him face-to-face, Moses would be a dead man Even though this is an Old Testament encounter, we can learn from it that the name Jesus is everything.

Being Bereans With Ourselves

It seems to me that when we talk about being a good Berean we’re usually thinking about assessing the claims of others that are brought before us. And we do need to be Bereans when it comes to the truth claims of others.

How Natural Growth Teaches About Spiritual Growth

Natural growth teaches us that coming into maturity depends not only on the child, but the family as well. And the neighborhood. And the society.

7 Keys to Create a Culture of Loyalty

You want your staff to be loyal to the vision of the organization and to one another. How does a culture of loyalty happen?

Mother’s Day Sermons & Worship Resources: 20 Top Suggestions

Mother's Day is the third-highest church attendance day of the year. So it's a great opportunity to use Mother's Day sermons and worship resources to share the Gospel!

Leaders Pray Expectantly

Leaders pray Expectantly. Are you a leader? How do you pray? Let's pray expectantly. Keep asking him to bless, and even heal.

3 Unexpected Blessings From the Parables of Jesus

Sometimes church-going Christians miss the power of the Lord’s teaching because we are over-familiar with the parables of Jesus.

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.

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