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.
"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."
"It’s not just the megachurch pastors," says Chuck DeGroat. "There are small church pastors who lead with this grandiosity, these narcissistic characteristics."
“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."
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."
"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?"
"Politics is not just about policies and leaders," says Kaitlyn Schiess. "It's about the direction of our spiritual formation."
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.”
"I think a lot of time political idolatry really raises its ugly head when people are afraid," says Mary Lederleitner, "because most people fall into idolatry to look for a sense of security."
“If we speak the truth in love and apply that to the public square," says Justin Giboney, "I think we end up with a lot more faithful witness."
"Most churches don’t staff for hospitality," says Greg Atkinson. However, "the churches that do staff for it and that do take it seriously, the common denominator is they are fast-growing churches."
"A critical part of leadership is loving the people around you," says Adam Weber. And love is "really, really messy.”
"The progress we’re seeing with the Great Commission globally," says Joel McGill, "has just been...awe-inspiring."
When we fail to care for the environment, says Dr. Sandra Richter, "The widow, the orphan, and the farmer are the people who get hit first and whose economic stability is wiped out."
There are three factors, says Awana's Matt Markins, that "when they’re present together, are far more likely to produce long-term spiritual fruit" in the kids we’re discipling.
“I don’t think we can ever love or lead well," says Pastor Chip Ingram, "until we see ourselves more and more the way God sees us."
You might think of digital church as being impersonal. But Jeff Reed says, "The strength of online church is relationships."
“I just feel like so many Christians have given up," says Carlos Whittaker, "and I don’t think that Jesus Christ died on the cross so we can cope.”
“I believe," says Eugene Cho, "that you can be fierce and contend for convictions and still hold to the values of the fruits of the Spirit.”
As you consider your kids' need for spiritual direction, says Lacy Finn Borgo, recognize that “children have all of what they need to have an encounter with God."