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Denominations: A Dying Breed

There seems to be a very real shift in the spiritual lives of Americans and the sorts of churches they attend.

Ed Stetzer on the Life of Denominations

There are times when theological differences pose the greatest threat to church cooperation.

Why the Bible is a Tough Book for Americans

"American culture is a how culture," says Don Miller.

Piper Working on Family, Soul During Leave

Evangelical leader John Piper marks the halfway point of his leave of absence.

Christians are Too Fearful, Pastors Say

Church leaders complain that too many Christians buy into the fear so prevalent in the world.

Exclusive Q&A with Charles Lee

We talk to Charles about the Idea Camp and the two questions every leader should ask about sex and the church.

Does Your Church Discriminate Against Single Mothers?

Do churches ask single moms to be Director of Middle School Ministry?

Church Attendance “Inching Up” in 2010

More Americans are attending church weekly or almost weekly.

A Great Message Isn't Enough

"No matter how life-changing your message may be, if no one’s listening, you’ve failed," says Phil Cooke.

Is the "Sinner’s Prayer" Essential to Salvation?

Larry Moyer discusses the hotly debated essentials for salvation.

Leading from Your Strengths

In every ministry, God has 'placed' people alongside us who can naturally do things we can’t do.

Preaching On Divorce

Advice on the best way to approach the delicate subject of divorce in preaching.
Pastor silently Praying Through Depression, Suffering

Silent Suffering: Pastors and Depression

Many pastors suffer from depression in their high-profile, high-stress positions.

Where Were You on 9/11?

Our world changed on September 11, 2001. Where were you when you first heard the news?

Study: Pastors Work Longer Hours

According to a new study by LifeWay Research, full-time senior pastors tend to work 55 hours or more per week.

New Church Staff Positions by 2020?

Sam Rainer postulated that churches will develop new and diverse staff positions by the year 2020.

Preaching: Too Deep vs. Too Shallow

If sin separates people from God, we can’t be afraid to preach about it, says Craig Groeschel.

When Churches Lie

Truth in marketing matters because God doesn’t need exaggerated or false publicity. It matters because God is not a liar.

The Risk of Staying

Blaine Hogan, Creative Producer at Willow Creek, asks if leaving is the right thing—or the easy thing?

LifeWay: Most Pastors Think Negatively of Islam

A majority of Protestant pastors have a negative view of Islam.
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