5 Bible Passages I Find Hard To Believe

God is way bigger than my intellect, and to prove my point, I present five passages I find hard to believe.

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

During a Q&A interview earlier this year, I was asked “What would you say to your younger self?” Here was my answer.

How a Sanctified Imagination Can Improve Your Preaching

A sanctified imagination has the potential to help us connect with the daily lives of our congregation and improve our preaching.

Nothing Compares to the Church

Nothing compares to the church, does it? No business, no investment, no enterprise, no activity. It’s the heart of God’s plan and the hope of the world.

When God’s People Do Not Live in the Word, Bad Things Happen

The Lord never intended for His Word to collect dust on a table in your back bedroom. When God's people do not live in the Word, bad things happen.

3 Places Your Pastoral Skills Must Be at Least Average

You must be at least average in these important pastoral skills or those weaknesses will overshadow your strengths.

The Cheer Squad: How Fellow Runners Fuel Our Endurance

Running the race of life requires endurance. And our endurance is sustained by the encouragement from those running alongside us.

Why I Think Bivocational Ministry Is a Bad Idea When It Isn’t Necessary

A new idea gaining some traction in vocational ministry these days is purposely choosing bivocational ministry when making that choice isn’t necessary. I think that’s a bad idea. Let me share why.

Pastor, Teach Us To Pray

The Lord’s people want to pray. Pastor, teach us to pray. Most of the Lord’s people want to learn to pray. Pastor, teach us to pray. Pastor,...

7 Ways To Deliver Constructive Criticism

Even when attempting to give constructive criticism, the problem is often found in delivering a critique in a way that the other person will actually listen to it.

5 Reasons Preachers Should Listen to Hip Hop

A good Christian hip hop artist will work really hard to take a known truth and make it feel as though it’s being seen for the first time. Artists like Trip Lee produce potent metaphors for biblical truths.

The Rewards Are Greater Than the Risk of Developing Younger Leaders

Wise leaders often think about the risk and the reward in their decision-making, and when it comes to the decision to develop younger leaders, the reward is always greater than risk.

Dear Non-Singing Pastor . . .

Dear Non-Singing Pastor, We depend on you as a primary worship leader for our congregation. We agree that your leadership centers more on worship through the Word and Table than through the music.

6 Ways To Increase Influence With People Who May Not Fully Trust You

Recently, I was meeting with a wonderful group of leaders and we were discussing how to increase influence with those who may not fully be trusting their leadership. Here are six tips.

How Too Many Changes Too Soon Can Result in Leadership Disasters

Looking back over my career, many of the worst leadership disasters I’ve encountered, happened when a leader stepped into a new situation and tried to make changes too quickly. 

3 Ways Leaders Can Deal With Their Shame

Shame is a powerful and often silent killer of our soul. It has afflicted many pastors and ministry leaders.

You Must Walk Through Brokenness Before You Appreciate Grace

It is essential to face our brokenness, no matter how much we don't want to. Despite how counterintuitive it seems, walking through our mess is the only way we can truly appreciate grace.

5 Ways To Ruin a Sermon

I love good preaching and great preachers! And I can tell you that even popular preachers have some bad habits in common. I’ve heard many good preachers ruin a sermon with lame preaching.

7 Ways Disney Changed the Church

Disney hasn’t just changed the entertainment industry. It’s changed church-world.

How To Handle a Fool (According to Scripture)

To know how to deal with a fool, you first have to recognize him (being sure to check the mirror in the process!). The Bible gives us a ready description, especially in the book of wisdom known as the Proverbs.

Matt Chandler, Part 1: How the 2022 Controversy Has Impacted His...

Matt Chandler joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share how God has brought healing in his life and ministry following the controversy he walked through in 2022.