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leaving church

Leaving Church – When Is It “OK”?

Few things are taken more personally by church leaders, and the community left behind, than someone leaving church. It feels like rejection, abandonment, even betrayal.
sick church

Anatomy of a Sick Church — 10 Symptoms to Watch

While there are many potential characteristics of a sick church, I have found 10 symptoms to be consistently common.
strong women

Real Men Love Strong Women

The real question we need to ask regarding strong women is: Do we want women to be weak? And the answer must forever be, on the basis of Scripture, “May it never be.”
repent

Do The Teshuva: The Dance of Repentance

From the Charleston to Flossing to whatever’s next, every dance move needs a name; but if you want to do the Teshuva, you’ll need a rabbi to show you how. Teshuva is the Hebrew word for repent, or return.
2021

Twelve Major Trends for Churches in 2021

While escaping 2020 has been a stated goal for many people, there will still be challenges in front of us as we move into 2021. Churches will be among the organizations to confront clear and present challenges.
signs of pride

41 Evidences of Pride

It's important to be aware of signs of pride in ourselves because pride can be extremely subtle. Here are 41 questions we can ask ourselves to see if we have any arrogance we are not aware of.
life balance

Feeling Overwhelmed in Ministry Life? Try This

Today we use the life balance wheel in a more positive way. It takes many forms, but this example captures its essence. Each piece of the pie represents an area of life. Within that area the scale rates your satisfaction with that part of your life.
9 Healthy Ways to Deal with Leadership Loneliness

Leadership is Lonely – Here Are 9 Healthy Ways to Deal With It

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.
church meet and greet

11 Totally Honest Responses to the Church Meet and Greet

Some people hear about a church meet and greet and think, "That sounds like fun!" Others hear the same words and and have these responses:
Christianity

From the Beginning, Christianity Has Been Defined by Its Distinctness

Christianity did not emerge in a vacuum. It was established in the face of opposition on all sides. The religions of the Roman world stood in stark contrast to the doctrine and life of the early Christians.
heaven

Are There Levels of Heaven?

The great reward, heaven, is absolute. 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.
same sex attraction

Does Same Sex Attraction Disqualify Someone From Worship 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?
before entering ministry

5 Truths You Should Know Before Entering Ministry

Here are five things I wish I could go back and tell 22-year-old me before entering ministry. I hope it’s an encouragement and challenge to you!
church growth ideas

15 Church Growth Ideas

Not every church is the same. What works for one may not work for another. To help spark new ways to improve your church, Church Fuel recommends these church growth ideas.
questions

10 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God. #newyear #questions
clarity

This Is No Time to Preach in Neutral

I believe clarity counts for a lot in the arena of preaching as well. Every congregation needs to hear a clear word of truth and a clear call to action, both personal and corporate. It’s the right and fair thing to do.
parenting advice

Parenting Advice for Pastors

Parenting advice for pastors - Your children will either grow up in a performance-driven house or a grace-driven house. If they grow up in a performance-driven house, then they will either be hypocrites or rebels. If they grow up in a grace-driven house, they will be disciples who seek the grace of God.
toxic church culture

6 Warning Signs Your Church Culture Is Toxic

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?
porn addiction

Porn: The Subtle Anesthesia

The Catechism states that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, but most of the time, if I’m honest, there has been little to no enjoyment of Him. In fact, in the midst of my porn addiction, there was often no enjoyment of anything at all.
Egypt

Jesus Is the Messiah Because of…Egypt?

Matthew 2 describes the incredible circumstances around the birth of Jesus as the fulfilment of prophecy, and all three prophecies he points to are geographic—Jesus is the Messiah because he was driven to Egypt, his exile caused weeping in Ramah, and he returned to Nazareth.
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