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Karen Swallow Prior: We Can Be an Army of Wounded Warriors — Or a Collective of Wounded Healers

Karen Swallow Prior reflects on what it means for us to be "wounded healers." The symbol of a wounded healer points to the truth that when we imitate Christ, our own wounds, too, have the power to help others heal.

8 Dangerous Pastors Who Will Destroy Your Church

You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render for the Lord and His church, especially if you help your church avoid dangerous pastors.

When Is an Elder Disqualified from Ministry?

When is an elder disqualified from ministry? For us to assume that a man is done and disqualified for ministry because of an instance, rather than because of a character issue, sells short the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is about restoration.

Who Is David E. Taylor?

Kingdom of God Global Church and Joshua Media Ministries (both led by self-proclaimed apostle David E. Taylor) are the subject of a multi-million dollar lawsuit initiated by Miami-based Movie Prop Rentals.

10 Things You Should Know About the Garden of Eden

10 Things You Should Know About the Garden of Eden

Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel Shares 4 Powerful Facts That Prove Jesus Resurrected from the Dead

Atheist turned Christian apologist Lee Strobel breaks down the evidence and explains four facts that prove Jesus rose from the dead.

The Dangerous Allure of Sexy Christianity

What some call Sexy Christianity feels pretty good until someone throws a stone at you … or starts a thread of gossip about you … or sends you hate mail … or bullies your kid.

The Importance of Long Term Vision

If we had a long term vision I think we would see how important it is to grow leaders from within rather than constantly trying to pick fruit off of other people’s trees.

Surviving a Church Split – How to Recover from the Heartbreak

I’ve heard the stories of wounded believers who no longer go to church because of the pain of trying to surviving a church split. It happens way too often.

Pastor’s Toolbox: Use Facebook To Grow Your Church

You can do so much more than post church announcements. The following are a pastor's toolbox for online engagement.

When the Pastor’s Wife Suffers in Silent Depression

I was overwhelmed with my life and felt like I was failing in everything I did.

Is Your Leadership Hindered by a Loyalty Obsession?

So many churches and ministry organizations value loyalty far more than expertise – to the extent that they would rather hire or promote an extremely loyal person over someone more qualified. Call it a loyalty obession.

8 Habits of Healthy Spiritual Leaders

God calls, prepares and empowers spiritual leaders to lead His church. Spiritual leadership is not a job for everybody. While every Christian is called to follow Christ wholeheartedly, and make an impact on the world around them—some are called to equip the Body of Christ as spiritual leaders.

Why I Think Bivocational Ministry Is a Bad Idea When It Isn’t Necessary

A new idea gaining some traction in vocational ministry these days is purposely choosing bivocational ministry when making that choice isn’t necessary. I think that’s a bad idea. Let me share why.

Love Is Oxygen for the Soul

The world needs more Jesus. The world needs more love. Love is oxygen for the soul. The two cannot exist without one another.

10 Powerful Prayers for Pastors to Pray Every Day

These 10 prayers for pastors could really turn a rough day around in a hurry!

How to Format a Sermon Outline

I have been preaching for 22 years, and I’ve tried every kind of sermon outline in the pulpit. From the back of napkins to printed PowerPoint slides; from 4,000 word manuscripts to a one-page outline. I’ve tried them all.

3 Places Your Pastoral Skills Must Be at Least Average

You must be at least average in these important pastoral skills or those weaknesses will overshadow your strengths.

When God’s People Do Not Live in the Word, Bad Things Happen

The Lord never intended for His Word to collect dust on a table in your back bedroom. When God's people do not live in the Word, bad things happen.

John Piper: Turn God’s Promises Into Prayers for a Non-Christian Spouse

On the October 3 episode of “Ask Pastor John,” theologian John Piper offers encouraging words to a listener who, for years, has asked his ministry the same short, powerful question: “How do I pray for my husband to be saved?”

David Sills, Former Seminary Prof Accused of Abuse, Sues SBC and...

David Sills, a former seminary professor and missionary who admitted sexual misconduct, has sued a group of Southern Baptist Convention leaders and entities, claiming they conspired with an abuse survivor to ruin his reputation.

Trillia Newbell: How Church Leaders Can Deal With Fear and Anxiety

Trillia Newbell joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain how the Lord has helped her with her fear and anxiety and also to share some thoughts on women in ministry.

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