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prepare for Sundays

5 Physical Ways Pastors Prepare for Sunday

What do you do to prepare for Sundays? What good preparation habits do you recognize in your preacher?
christian fatalism

Two Dangers of Christian Fatalism

The idea that God is somehow pulling the levers behind the screen of life is what I call Christian fatalism: God is all-powerful. His will cannot be denied. Therefore, everything that happens must have been part of his plan from the beginning. He was behind everything all along.
Thabiti Anyabwile on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Thabiti Anyabwile: What I Wish I Had Known About Preaching

Everyone has a mental list of “I wish I had knowns” in their life and that list only grows longer as one gets older. This is true for preaching as well.
attend your church

13 Signs People Are Excited to Attend Your Church

I have been attending church for 30+ years and have never seen the level of energy, expectation and excitement that I’ve seen from the tribe at PCC. Let's walk through what I experience at PCC and use it as a template for measuring how excited people are to attend your church.
poverty of time

Do You Suffer From A Poverty of Time?

We live in a day of overload and overcommitment. Because of that, some now speak of the poverty of time: our inability to stop, to slow down, to process, reflect and sabbath.
can't afford to keep

7 Kinds of People You Can’t Afford to Keep

The people you are most afraid of losing are the people you most need to lose. Truthfully, you can’t afford to keep them.
pastoring mistakes

Joe McKeever: My Seven Worst Mistakes as a Pastor

Thom Rainer talked about seven pastoring mistakes he had made in his ministry. Give him credit, he admitted that if he wrote about all the mistakes he’d made in the Lord’s work, “it would have to be a multi-volume series!”
great leaders

21 Things All Great Leaders Do

Great leaders are in part born, but it’s also learned. Just because you have the instincts for leadership doesn’t make you a great leader. Great leadership is also about cultivating the right habits and disciplines.
daily examen

The Daily Examen – Why Old Things Matter

sometimes “old” is the new “new.” The spiritual practice of the Daily Examen, a pattern of prayer that was formed (I believe by the Holy Spirit) in the heart of Ignatius of Loyola in the early 1500s, is like that for me.
holy dissatisfaction

How a Holy Dissatisfaction Can Strengthen Pastors

Call it a holy dissatisfaction, a frustrated anticipation of what we know will one day come true: that we will be like Jesus Christ, for we will see him  as he is.
dangerous pastors

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.
asking the right questions

Pastor: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

What questions do we bring to the Lord? What questions do we bring to the scripture? The best answer waits upon asking the right question.
doing church differently

Thom Rainer: Doing Church Differently in 2021

We are often asked what change or pivot toward 2021 their churches should make for doing church differently. Though this list is not exhaustive, we find ourselves making these five recommendations consistently.
leadership development

3 Keys to Overcome Leadership Development Failures

Leadership development fails because learning and training are often focused on the current role a person is playing rather than the role they will be playing in the future.
video marketing

The Secret Pastors Can Learn From Video Marketing

The team from Renderforest recently put together this infographic of video marketing stats, which examines usage trends and data, and will help you understand why video marketing has taken the world by storm.
different people

3 Reasons You Should Learn From Different People

Here's a question I’m working through about learning from different people: Does the breadth of your learning impact the depth of your learning?
deep bible study

What Do People Mean When They Say “We Want Deep Bible Study?”

I’m convinced that sometimes our “deep Bible study” is actually a smoke screen to avoid the real deep work of the Spirit.
community engagement

Have You Mastered the 4 Pillars of Community Engagement?

It’s crucial that your current members feel connected to the leadership and each other. Here are the four pillars of community engagement.

Evaluate Your ChMS With These 3 Killer Questions

A church management solution is simply a database holding the information of your church members: their phone numbers, emails, giving history, membership status, and anything else you may need to know.
confront sin

3 Urgent Times to Confront Sin in Your Church

Not surprisingly, fewer and fewer church leaders are willing to go to confront sin with people who are living in open sin and confront them. Why? Do we lack the courage? Are we ignoring the biblical mandate as leaders to protect the innocent from the harmful?

Latest News

The Equality Act Is the Most Significant Threat to Religious Liberty...

While discrimination toward people created in the image of God should, indeed, be opposed, the Equality Act does so in ways that significantly disregard religious liberty concerns.

New Podcasts

Jason Sobel: How to Read the Bible in High Definition

"I feel like a lot of people are reading the Bible in standard definition," says Rabbi Jason Sobel, "because they don’t know how the Old and the New Testaments connect. And when you connect the dots, the Bible comes alive."