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Leaders: Pain and Beauty Go Together

One thing I have been reminded of during this season is the reality that pain and beauty often go together. It seems like they always go together.

Is There Forgiveness Without Repentence?

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.

The Old Testament in 5 Minutes – Told Visually

You can use this summary of the Old Testament in 5 minutes in plenty of worship settings: pre-meeting video; as an introduction to a preaching series, or in small groups.

The Work of Satan in the Church

In the book of Acts, the first instance of Satan's assaults comes in the form of external opposition to the spread of the Gospel. It is the political forces of darkness rising up against the apostles, threatening them to speak no more in the name of Jesus.

Every Leader Needs an Encouragement Folder

Ron Edmondson:" I often say the longer we do something the less recognition we get for doing it. So, I save them in my encouragement folder."

10 Things Preachers Absolutely HATE to Admit Publicly

This hard-to-acknowledge "preachers admit" list can give you practical insights on how to pray for your pastors.

6 Sets of Contrasting Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made

I’ve made a lot of ministry mistakes in 40+ years—and some that almost seem contradictory to others. Here are some of those mistakes.

How to Affair-Proof Your Pastor

Pastors who commit adultery are responsible for their actions, but there are practical things we can do to help our leaders not to have affairs in the first place.

7 Spiritual Consequences of Living a Busy, Hurried Life

Culture’s obsession with busyness and hurriedness isn’t just a scheduling problem. It’s a heart problem. It’s time to consider what a hurried life is costing us. And, make no mistake, the cost is enormous.

Here’s the Best Way You Can Help a Small Church Pastor Today

Small church pastors labor under a great deal of discouragement. If you’re in a position to help a small church pastor, here’s what is needed from you more than anything else.

Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry

I don’t want to only be a “great Christian” or a “great pastor,” but I long to be a “great husband.”

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 Things That Show How and Why Jesus Chose His Friends

"A person’s destiny is often determined by those closest to them in regards to quality time spent, mutual goals and common purpose."

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!

How and When Does Church Discipline Begin?

Uncertainty about how to begin church discipline and what concerns warrant church discipline is often the reason that church discipline either is not done or feels reactive when it is done.

The Deep Theology of Groundhog Day

In my opinion you should watch the film and listen to the voice of God. With some help from the Holy SPirit, you'll see the deep theology of Groundhog Day.

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).

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?

What Is Moral Failure – and Should We Take Action?

It is true that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It's also true that we must be careful to guard well our integrity and reputation as we represent Christ and our church. When there's a moral failure in the ministry it's time to start thinking about removing that person from ministry.

The World Isn’t Looking for a Bigger Church, They Want a Better Church

What does a better church experience look like? It's easy to think that the answer is growing bigger. But the truth is, people want to attend and serve at a church where they can experience being loved by the God who made them.

Johnny Hunt Sues SBC and Guidepost, Demanding Trial by Jury, Calls...

Former SBC pastor and denominational leader Johnny Hunt filed a lawsuit on Friday (Mar. 17) against the SBC, the SBC Executive Committee, and Guidepost Solutions for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Greg Laurie: How Churches Can Use ‘Jesus Revolution’ for Evangelism

Greg Laurie appears on the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about the true events behind his new movie, “Jesus Revolution,” and how churches can use the film to spread the gospel.

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