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steven furtick

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Steven Furtick on How to Handle Growth and Criticism

"I've always felt unqualified," says Steven Furtick, "and I discovered it puts me in pretty good company."
Francis Chan

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Francis Chan on the Question Your Church Needs to Ask

“God wants believers to cause other believers to love him more," says Francis Chan. “Are we producing lovers of Jesus and each other so much that the world notices?”
Eugene H. Peterson

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Eugene Peterson on What Most Pastors Don’t Know about Pastoring

"Being a pastor," says Eugene H. Peterson, "for so many people, is competitive. And when you're competitive, you're a lot more interested in winning than helping." 
aimee byrd

The Best of 2020: Aimee Byrd Asks What It Really Means to Be a...

"Women are becoming frustrated as disciples," says Aimee Byrd. Part of the problem, she believes, is the church's misunderstanding of the idea of "biblical" manhood and womanhood.
timothy keller

The Best of 2020: Tim Keller on How to Practice True Tolerance

"For those outside [the church], our unity is a very important witness," says Dr. Timothy Keller. Without true tolerance, however, we will remain polarized.
ian morgan cron

Ian Morgan Cron: How the Enneagram Can Transform Your Preaching

"One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life," says Ian Morgan Cron, "is to assume that your way of seeing the world is normal."
john cooper

John Cooper: We’re in a Fight to Keep People in the Kingdom

"I feel like we’re fighting to keep people in the Kingdom," says Skillet's John Cooper. "Young people are so confused...we are in a life and death urgent situation—I believe that with all my heart."
darryl strawberry

Darryl Strawberry: The Enemy Is After Pastors…So Are You Being Discipled?

"Standing in the pulpit is nothing to play with," says former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry. "The devil will put a choke hold on you. He will strangle you if you're not equipped. I learned that early when I got into ministry."
Christina Dent

Christina Dent: How Becoming a Foster Parent Changed My Views on the Best Way...

"I thought a mom who used drugs when she was pregnant must not love her child," says Christina Dent, "[but then] I saw this mother who loved her son just as much as I loved my three sons, this fierce love, this desperate desire to do the right thing."
krieg

Matt and Laurie Krieg: This Is How God Saved Our (Mixed-Orientation) Marriage

Both Matt and Laurie Krieg are primarily attracted to women. Yet God has used their "impossible marriage" to display the power and beauty of his love for us.
kathy branzell

Kathy Branzell: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray in a Polarized Time

"No matter who is in the White House," says Kathy Branzell, "no matter the health concern, no matter what’s going on in the world, we can pray, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"
scot mcknight

Scot McKnight: How to Be a ‘Tov’ Church, Not a Toxic One

"We need to root out toxicity by being Christ-like," says Scot McKnight, "by listening and by responding in a way that takes into consideration who that person is and what their story is."
christians in the age of outrage

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.
steve cunningham

Steve Cunningham: Are You Living Out the Second Part of the Great Commission?

"Somebody who is a very good negotiator can tell you exactly what they do when they negotiate," says Steve Cunningham. "Similarly, if we are living out [Jesus’] commands, we can tell you exactly how to do it."
chuck degroat

Chuck DeGroat: How to Recognize Narcissism in a Church Leader

"It’s not just the megachurch pastors," says Chuck DeGroat. "There are small church pastors who lead with this grandiosity, these narcissistic characteristics."
Lecrae

Lecrae: What I Learned About Jesus Through Facing Racism in the Church

“When you feel as if people in your family have turned their back on you," says Lecrae, "it’s extremely painful, and you’ve got to realize that your identity is not wrapped up in their acceptance of you."
Allen White

Allen White: This Is an Amazing Year for Online Small Groups

When it comes to online small groups, says Allen White, "This is a time that is wide open for experimentation, and those experiments have produced some pretty amazing things in the church this year."
Esau McCaulley

Esau McCaulley: Why Do We Treat Racism Differently Than Other Sins?

"If things like lust and greed and materialism are sins that recur," says Esau McCaulley, "then why wouldn't racism be a sin that recurred that requires the entirety of our energy?"
Kaitlyn Schiess

Kaitlyn Schiess: Do You Believe One of These 4 False Gospels?

"Politics is not just about policies and leaders," says Kaitlyn Schiess. "It's about the direction of our spiritual formation."
signs of spiritual abuse

Wade Mullen: How to Recognize Spiritual Abuse in the Church

When we think of signs of spiritual abuse, says Wade Mullen, “I think many of us have this perception of abuse that is related to some kind of violent event...what I’ve come to realize over time is that abuse is much broader than that.”
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