In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned his followers about guarding your heart. he said not to practice spiritual devotion with ulterior motives. This is critical in the pulpit.
It’s interesting how many different ways different pastors prepare a sermon. Five different pastors share what a week of sermon prep looks like for them.
Your role and your ministry are a gift from God. Ministry is not “altogether” because it is not God; it is beneath God. Ministry is a great gift, but a cruel god. When we make ministry our god, it asks more and more from us without ever satisfying us.
Here are 21 aspects of pastor life that might surprise you. These don't apply to every pastor, but many of them do!
Eric Geiger plans sermon series and the general direction of sermons within a teaching series several months in advance, and here are four advantages.
I notice a trend to call services a celebration of life instead of a funeral. But I believe we’ve lost something, and that we would serve ourselves and others well if we recover the time-honored practice of holding funeral services.
When considering ageism, the church may be one of the worst offenders among organizations in our culture. It’s strange given the “respect your elders” mentality in many congregations.
"White nationalist terrorism is a manifestation of an ancient evil that we as Christians, of all people, ought to recognize immediately."
Have we made the Proverbs 31 woman into a trophy wife of impossible standards? Now, as a wife and mother, I feel that the Proverbs 31 woman is wielded as a weapon against me more than ever.
There is a sobering reality every pastor and leader needs to understand. Knowing this one can protect your career—help keep you from burning out—and guard your heart.
Many young church staff members I know are continually looking for their next place of service. Sometimes that’s because their calling has changed. In more cases, though, it’s because they’re struggling with the church or its leadership.
In a Russell Moore exclusive interview for ChurchLeaders, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission advises church leaders not to give in to the temptation of easily explaining away evil or where God was as a gunman killed innocent teenagers in Parkland, Florida.
Paul experienced some of those things, but he told the Galatians that he would never again boast about anything besides the gospel—a message that declared that Paul was such a miserable wreck that the Son of God had to endure a bloody death just to keep him out of hell.
It’s an incredibly powerful movement when an entire congregation reads the same devotional and then prays the same prayers for the church, together in agreement, asking for God’s favor and a breakthrough for life change.
One book, You’re in Charge, Now What suggested a process to help new leaders define reality with his or her new staff. Whether you are new to a ministry or business leadership role or not, consider using this process with your staff to learn fresh insight about your work setting.
That’s an ever increasing question. With the rise of multisite churches, more campus pastors are added to leadership circles every day. But leading as a campus pastor presents unique challenges.
Michael Hyatt shows how virtually anyone, with a little thought and effort, can shave 10 hours off their work week.
On being heavenly-minded: "A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do." ... On evangelism: "The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life." ...
God gave us an amazing 3 pound dynamo called the brain. Great leaders recognize that great leaderships require great thinking. Unfortunately, we often commit serious thinking errors that muddies thinking and hinders leadership. Ask yourself if you commit these thinking errors.
Just as the seal on the foreheads of the 144,000 (7:3) is not literal, neither should this mark of the beast be understood literally. In any case, the two beasts conspire to exclude believers from the marketplace.