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Church Journeys: Clear Communication Matters

I often make observations about the churches I visit. Being at Calvary Church in Westlake inspired me to encourage you as you think about connecting with and communicating to those in your congregation and beyond.

Love Where You Live: Evangelism in Disorienting Times

It would be a mistake to view the decline of cultural Christianity in North America as signaling the decline of Christianity as a whole. Nevertheless, the North American church does have unique challenges to confront.

Love Where You Live: Understanding the Mission

When we talk about the missio Dei (Latin for “mission of God”), we are referring to God’s grand effort to reconcile all of creation to himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

How To Tell a Jesus Story

“Jesus Stories” are simple, short retellings about something Jesus said or did in five minutes or less. They are accompanied by open-ended questions that spark discussion.

Public Evangelism in an Age of Relativism

There is no such thing as a neutral ideological vacuum. We must stand for something. And what the new kind of relativistic tolerance is showing is that it is not really tolerant at all. 

Church Planting in the Anglican Tradition– 20 Truths From ‘Word and Sacrament’

Here are 20 insights from my friend Canon Dan Alger's new book, "Word and Sacrament: Ancient Traditions for Modern Church Planting."

Preach the Gospel at All Times — And Use Words

Christians, evangelicals included, seem to love evangelism, as long as someone else is doing it. It’s time for all of us to start preaching our good news again.

Preaching Sermons That Engage Your People and Make an Impact

Preaching is a vital component of Christian worship. In preaching, we proclaim God's Word, calling unbelievers to repentance and faith and believers to spiritual growth.

Church Security: How Do We Keep Our Churches Safe in Today’s America?

As we remember that our hope is secure in God, we must also think through how to keep our people safe. The Nashville shooting is a painful reminder of that.

There Is One Thing Worse Than Being Lost

There is one thing that is actually worse: being lost and knowing that nobody is looking for you. Would this metaphor accurately describe the North American Church?

The Body of Christ and the Temptation of a Crowd

Since it’s now 2023, most of us think that we’re beyond the old understanding of the "church" being a building. We are now more spiritually sophisticated. Or are we?

The Impossibility of Being a Pastor

Every pastor who regularly preaches has wondered, “Did that message make a difference? Will anything happen?” We’re all together in this. But maybe our penchant for "excellence" is holding us back.

20 Truths From ‘Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth’

My friend John Jackson has a new book out. Titled "Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth," Here are 20 key takeaways.

The Danger of ‘Make-Believe’ Orthodoxy

True orthodoxy is found only in obedience. Period. It is not found, despite the insistence of some, primarily in portentous intellectual agreement to approved theological codes.

A Culture of Life Requires More Than Just Changed Laws

One of the greatest challenges confronting pastors is speaking against a culture that fails to see the irony of defending the marginalized by killing the unborn. 

How Are Church Finances Coming Out of COVID and Headed Into a Potential Recession?

To understand what churches can anticipate in 2023, let’s take a closer look at recent financial trends and current forces impacting churches. 

Gospel Renewal in an Age of Deconstruction

Deconstruction provides an excellent lens through which to identify error, deceit, and corruption. But on its own, it fails to provide a new way forward.

Stepping Away From Un-Christian Politics

Because politics are so heated, the season we are in presents Christians with a unique opportunity to live counter-culturally to the typical partisan spin and vitriol.

MLK Was Not Color-Blind, But Color-Courageous

The idea that Martin Luther King Jr. was color-blind is a myth. When we look at the vast scope of his work, instead of taking one quote out of context, we’ll see that King never said that the way to advance racial equality was to ignore our racial differences.

A Novel Approach to Tackling Common Temptations in the Western Church

ChurchLeaders had the opportunity to interview missiologist Jeff Christopherson, asking about his new book and how he hopes it will help pastors break away from the status quo of how church is done in the West.

WATCH: Russell Brand Calls His First Month as a Christian a...

In his latest update on his spiritual journey, actor Russell Brand celebrated his first month of being a Christian and spoke of an "inner illumination" that's now a present guide and guardrail in his everyday life.

Dennis Edwards: The Misconceptions Pastors Have About Humility

Dr. Dennis Edwards joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share what he has learned about the true nature of humility and how church leaders can avoid some common misconceptions about what a life of humility means.

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