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Why Pastors Think About Quitting

"I heard at a conference recently that two out of three pastors are thinking about quitting."

4 Reasons Pastors Must Break Through Community Silence

Brandon Cox: Silence resulting from sin’s curse is one of the church’s chief enemies.

7 Ways Your Church Should Protect People’s Hearts

Good music and good preaching is not enough: We need to be people who guard hearts in the church.

The Hidden Danger of “Jesus-Shaped Spirituality”

“We know what God looks like; God looks like Jesus." So far, so good: But what comes next is crucial.

What to Do After You’ve Been Betrayed

The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.

Our Calling to Lead: Use It or Lose It

Joe McKeever: "If that’s not a Scripture, it should be. (Which means it’s probably in there, but stated otherwise.)"

Where Should We Start When We Share the Gospel?

When we say the gospel is about a “personal relationship” with God through Christ, surely we are speaking truth, but are we choosing the wrong starting point?

Perhaps We Need to Relearn the Story of Jesus From the Ground Up?

Jeff Clarke walks us through what we've learned and suggests another path.

7 Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want Their Churches to Grow

Is it possible church growth could be a source of pain for existing members? Count on it.

“The Giving Tree” for Young Christian Leaders

Shel Silverstein's story is one of the greater stories of love and service and selflessness—a shining example of a life lived purely and perfectly for the purpose of others.

Restoring Passion: 5 Ways to Get It Back

Brandon Cox: "I’m still on the journey and have a long way to go. But I’ve learned the hard way how to bounce back to passionate preaching and leadership in the local church."

How Great Design Can Engage All Generations at Your Church

Although the church isn't the building, why not use your sacred space to reach every person?

Here’s an Idea: What If We Leave Church Growth to God?

Have we been afraid that God might not do his part (building his church) if we’d simply be faithful to do our part (making disciples)?

Fear of Failure? 7 Ways to Cope

"Unexpectedly, I realized that I fear success almost as much as I fear failure."

What to Stop (and Start) Doing to Lead Millennials

Millennials have so much to offer to a church staff, but many churches hire young leaders but never fully maximize their potential.

3 Simple Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Be a Better Leader

Discover how the book of James presents a three-step plan to changing every relationship you have in an extremely positive way.

How Can We Be Sure We’re Following Jesus?

It's easy to confuse "ministry" for following Jesus. Ed Cyzewski suggests a needed measurement.

10 Reasons Ministry Isn’t for Wimps

If you still want to be a pastor after reading this, then God has probably called you to the ministry.

All Ministry is Local: the 15-Minute Rule

"Launch your multisite campuses wherever there are large pockets of households near the 15-minute perimeter."

Do You Know the 9 Devastating Traits of Mean Churches?

Thom Rainer: "I love local churches. But I have to admit, I am hearing more from long-term members who are quitting church life completely."

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Should Christians Be Worried If They Feel No Sexual Attraction?

In a culture that idealizes romance, it’s easy for people who do not experience sexual attraction to feel as though something is wrong with them. That is the experience of one young woman who wrote to John Piper’s "Ask Pastor John" podcast.

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Leonard Sweet on the Shift We Must Make to Point People...

"The world is facing volcanic forces," says Leonard Sweet. In a "deeply schizophrenic" culture that makes everything an idol, Len believes Christians can and must rise to the challenge to go beyond merely making a stand for what is right.