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Ministry Tips

10 Ministry Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started

Brady Boyd: "No matter how hard I try, I will always be tempted to measure my success by attendance numbers."
4 Popular—and Dangerous—Preaching Myth

4 Popular—and Dangerous—Preaching Myths

What you think about your preaching while preparing your message might be just as important as the words you say when you deliver it.
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8 Things Pastors Should Do on Facebook

Don’t just post the good stuff that’s going on in your life. It’s OK to express sadness, anger and frustration.
Leadership Principles

7 Impractical (but Priceless) Leadership Principles

Ron Edmondson: "If you want to be a great leader, find ways to avoid practicality."
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Shawn Lovejoy: Why I Resigned From Being "Lead" Pastor

"After much prayer and reflection, I have made a private decision I need to make public here today."
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Why a Healthy Sex Life (if You’re Married) Makes You a Better Leader

Have you ever correlated having a healthy sex life with strong leadership skills? Although having a good sex life may not turn you into a superhuman leader, here are five ways it can improve your leadership.

13 Signs People Are Excited to Attend Your Church

"Nothing creates excitement and expectation like continually focusing everything on the One who is worthy of all this excitement, Jesus."

12 Must-Know Tips for Senior Pastors

Alan Danielson offers an "indispensable" list of tips for top-level leaders in the church today.

10 Tips for a Mission-Minded Thanksgiving

We don’t have to be Jedi-master evangelists to be agents of the gospel among those we know best.

Your Weakness Is No Problem

We are given the Lord’s standard for our behavior. But knowing the weaknesses of humans, the Lord also built in a fail-safe plan for dealing with our failures.

Pastor: No Whining, Please!

The line between whiner and leader is optimism.

Missionaries Need Accountability, Too: 4 Best Practices for the Local Church

Without a penny to waste in most mission budgets, we need good practices and healthy relationships with our missionaries.

Get a TON Done (Without Doing a Ton More)

Our event should have taken 10 months to plan—but we only had two months to pull it off.

One Body, One Head, Many Parts: Why We Need Each Other

Unlike the power-hungry ways of the world, “leadership” in the church is always framed in terms of servanthood or building others up.

11 Ways to Evaluate Your Preaching and Teaching

Pastor Churck Lawless: "You are proclaiming the most significant message in the world. Thus, those of us who do this work must be open to evaluation."

7 Spiritual Challenges for Imperfect Leaders (Like Us)

What about those weaknesses that are common to man: the sins which arise out of our struggle with the flesh and with humanness?

“Why?” Isn’t the Most Important Question

"Why" demands and answer. Why deals in theories, ideas and concepts.

The Surprising, Guilt-Free Reason 80 Percent of Churches Don’t Break the 200 Barrier

Big churches and small churches are different. But it’s not a difference of quality, theology or willingness.

Take a Sunday Off—4 Strategic Reasons Why

Sure, go ahead and take a Sunday off every once in a while. But Josh Reich says be smart about it.

4 Questions to Avoid an Overloaded Fall Calendar

A lot of churches launch a lot of things in the fall. How much is too much?
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Ed Stetzer: How to Pastor People in an Age of Outrage

It's hard to pastor Christians in the age of outrage. In a time of bitter arguments and divisiveness, Ed Stetzer offers leaders a thoughtful way to approach the hot-button issues of the day.