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I Work Alone – Really? Does Leadership Have To Be Lonely?

In preparing for a meeting among pastors, a friend of mine asked me to reflect on the meaning of friendship for a church leader. Friendship matters. "I work alone" might be OK in a movie, but it's a terrible idea in the ministry.

My First Four Lessons as an Executive Pastor

Do you know the distinguishing differences between being the leader and supporting the leader?

My 7 Worst Pastoring Mistakes – Joe McKeever

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!”

Pastoral Leadership: 4 Essential Behaviors for Success

I began to practice four essential behaviors that helped me get a good start and experience some early leadership success. I believe leaders would do well to practice these four behaviors for success.

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.

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.

18 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation on Facebook

Facebook is a great way for you to build and maintain relationships with people both inside your church and in your community. Every time you post something, you risk ruining your reputation on Facebook.

How to Pastor and Befriend Creatives

At Sojourn, here's what we learned about each other, and about how to befriend creatives, pastor them, and mentor or live as a spouse with a Romantic/Originalist/Artist.

25 Martin Luther King Quotes

There are so many tremendous Dr. Martin Luther King quotes. These are just 25 retweetable quotes that have stood out to me over the years.

What Happens When God Speaks to You

God begins to come alive to you. In a very real and tangible way, God speaks to you. Now, when God speaks to you, I’m not talking about some new word from God.

Craig Groeschel: How to Have Your Most Focused Year Yet

This year could be your most focused and productive year yet as a leader, says Craig Groeschel. For that to be the case, however, it is crucial you recognize what has been making you unproductive.

9 Ways God Speaks Through Christmas Events

The Christmas narratives are not merely traditional words; they are divinely inspired for our benefit. The Christmas story provides a tutorial on how God speaks to his people.

10 Great Ways to Give People Hope

Having encouraged hundreds of people over the years, I have discovered 10 great ways to give people hope. You need all 10 emotions in your “bag of hope” if you’re going to be effective.

Pastors and Pay: A How-To Guide for Negotiating Your Salary

It seems awfully unspiritual to talk about the pastor salary, especially during the candidating process. But our rejection of greediness does not constitute a vow of poverty. Here are a few thoughts, especially if you’re considering a pastoral transition.

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?

You Can Do Better: 6 Leadership Lessons We All Need

Leading well is hard. There are often common threads - leadership lessons - among a majority of leaders with whom I interact.

How to Start Your Thanksgiving Diet

Why wait until the fourth Thursday of November? Our Thanksgiving diet can begin today, by meditating on his goodness and giving thanks.

Eugene Peterson: The Jesus Way Vs. The American Way

Eugene Peterson thinks Jesus as the truth gets far more attention than Jesus as the way. Discover the Jesus Way.

4 Reasons NOT to Give Altar Calls

When altar calls are properly handled, lost people are asked to trust Christ as the only way to heaven. The issue is responding to Christ, not to you.

A Foolproof Guide to Identifying Your Pastoral Leadership Style

Job satisfaction—to say nothing of missional effectiveness—results from knowing your pastoral leadership style and thriving in it. Do you know where you fit into the mission? 

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.

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