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The Path to True Greatness

Jesus teaches the disciples that there is a path to true greatness. It is a path of self-denial and suffering. Alexander again notes, "glory and suffering and inextricably linked together in the purposes of God."

Leaving Church – When Is It OK?

Few things are taken more personally by church leaders, and the community left behind, than someone leaving church. It feels like rejection, abandonment, even betrayal.

4 Steps to Accelerate Your Church’s Global Outreach Plan 

Are you trying to grow your church’s involvement in global outreach? That’s wonderful — and it can be so difficult too! Church leaders often face serious obstacles when they try to put a global outreach program into action.

4 Ways to EMPOWER Young Leaders

The growth of our organization has forced our team and myself to relinquish leadership over several key areas. The amazing thing is that most departments improved under the new leaders, and the entire organization has became stronger.

Do You OVER Welcome First-time Visitors?

Our team at Cooke Media Group hears is that a major reason people decided to join a church was because they were so moved by the welcome on their first visit. But beware of the over welcome as well.

Unlikely Fighters of the Bible

From Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the Apostle Paul, individuals who seem to have no place being instrumental in God’s plan, find themselves exalted. Here are 10 unlikely fighters we find in the Bible.

What It Means to ‘Profess to Know God’ But ‘Deny Him’ by Our Works

In his letter to Titus, Paul writes of people who “profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16). What does that mean? How can we deny God by our works?

How I Use the Pilgrim’s Progress in Evangelism

I believe with all my heart that faith (only) comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God. (Rom. 10:17) But over the years I have found myself using "The Pilgrim’s Progress" at some point during an evangelistic encounter.

6 Effective Ways to Follow Up With First-Time Guests

First-time guests follow-up is a significant role in the guest experience. Maximize the follow-up with creativity and authenticity.

How to Be Creative Even When It’s Risky

We often think that creativity is something that’s inspired, beautiful, and only happens when the spark strikes or the muse speaks. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.

What Does the Bible Say About Singleness?

If you’re single, I know you often hear messages about how marriage completes people. I’m sure you’ve even heard it in the church. But that is a deeply-held myth that is dispelled throughout the Bible.

Do YOU Have a Pet Sin?

Every one of us probably also has a sin we rather enjoy, a sin we refuse to put to death. In fact, we may even protect and promote it. We might refer to it as a pet sin.

Strike While the Iron is COLD

In practical terms what does strike while the iron is hot mean -- because the fact of the matter is most days the iron isn't hot.

Abortion Is Not an Unforgivable Sin

Have you ever asked the question, "Does God forgive abortions?" Several of my own dear friends have had abortions. Each one now carries heavy regret and deep sadness. Women need to know that abortion is not an unforgivable sin.

The Crisis in American Missions and What You Can Do About It

Due to a subtle, yet profound, shift in decision-making, missions activities in U.S. congregations are less impactful because they are designed to satisfy members’ needs rather than make a difference in the world. 

How to Implement a Healthy Discipleship Process

"There are five questions that must be answered by every church’s leadership about their discipleship strategy."

Don’t Be an Idiot – Beyond Covid-19, It’s Still Good Advice

Don't be an idiot means don’t be the fool who still insists churches keep meeting together during the Coronavirus when thousands of people are dying.

Ten Critical Keys for Designing a Creative Culture

Right now, during this time of turmoil around the world, creativity will be vital in providing a roadmap out. So right now is the time to develop a creative culture inside your organization.

15 Powerful Bible Verses About God’s Deep Personal Care for You

Do you ever feel like God is far off? Do you need Bible verses about God's care for you? That maybe he has forgotten about you? That he isn’t that involved in your life? Do you ever wonder if God really cares for you?

Entertainment Fatigue: Are People Tired of Church ?

"We as the church will always lose our way when anything other than Jesus captures our attention." Find out more about how church entertainment fatigue. is making people tired of church.

Leonard Sweet: Church Leaders, God Has Given You This Moment—Don’t Miss...

Dr. Leonard Sweet joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share what our current cultural “volcanoes” mean for the church and why he sees hope amid the chaos.

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