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The Main Reason People Don’t Become Church Members

Membership in a local church may seem outdated or unnecessary, but if led well, it adds great strength to your church. But there are definite reasons that people don't become church members.

10 Secrets of a Powerful 25-Minute Sermon

A regular critique will help you pick up on things that add length to your sermons, and help you regularly preach a powerful 25-minute sermon.  

5 Signs of a Dying Church

Misdiagnosing the actual state of the union and what the real issues is a difficult business, but there are some sure signs of a dying church.

How God Uses Pain

It's hard to embrace pain, even when that may be what God is calling you to do. I have to continually press into pain in life if I'm to lead well, because God uses pain.

Have We Lost the Thread of God’s Grace?

Religious traditions aren’t all bad. It’s important, even necessary, to respect our past. But religious traditions can go wrong. The biggest danger is this: Our traditions are always at risk of having lost the thread of the grace of God.

Top 10 Church Financial Mistakes

Become an effective leader and steward of your church's resources by avoiding these deadly financial pitfalls.

20 Christian Memes That Are Too Real

Here are 20 of the best Christian memes we've collected to give you a chuckle at some of the stranger parts of Christian life!

The Secret Name; The White Stone

Here, among the overcomers and the feast of the secret bread, Jesus presents a personal gift. Let the rich and famous have their swag bags. The swag of God the white stone of Revelation.

God Is in Control: If That’s True, Then What About These Pressing Questions?

I'd like to suggest that there's a world of difference between "Everything happens for a reason" and "God brings reason out of everything that happens." This is how I see the phrase, God is in control.

How Much Should You Pay Your Pastor?

Are there rules governing a pastor's salary? John Piper has some principles derived from the Scriptures to guide church leaders on this often asked question.

Our Destiny Is Not About How to Go to Heaven

Everyone says they want to go to heaven, but a lot of times heaven sounds really boring to me. There, I said it. Phew. Glad that’s off my chest. No more secrets. No more hiding.

Thoughts on Preventing Church Crises

Church crises are happening so often they have become customary, and that reflects the state of church in the mode of leadership.

Opening the Windows of the Echo Chamber

But the further I go into the echo chambers of my own belief systems, the less I like what I find. Even when I agree with the content, the attitudes feel dangerous – and not in a good way.

6 Ways the Team Reflects the Leader

Based on my observation of teams with different leaders, here are six ways the team reflects the leader

5 Ways to Bring a Good Man Down

“You can’t bring a good man down," sang one of my favorite country music groups, Alabama. Solomon’s life begs to differ, however, highlighting five ways you can bring down a man—even if he's the world’s wisest one.

Pastor: It’s Not About You

It’s not about the leader. Why would I say that? It's not about you because leadership is about something bigger than you. It’s bigger than any individual accomplishment.

How A New Generation Is Changing What Quality Looks Like In A Thriving Small Church

As such, current generations are seeking dialogue about the very topics that healthy small churches should be good at, in an atmosphere of genuine relationships and intimate worship. Sadly, this is not our reputation.

16 Ways to Provoke Your Children to Anger

Here are some ways that we parents can provoke our children to anger. I’ve done many of these, and for this reason I’m grateful for the blood of Jesus and the power of the Spirit to change.

How Formal Membership Makes the Church a Family

The family is an organic set of relationships. The nature of these relationships are constantly moving, shifting, changing, and growing as a couple understands one another better, and as their children grow and mature. A healthy family’s relationships are defined by love. People relate to each other naturally—and naturally relate according to the proper structures within the family.

5 Powerful Prayers That Will Super-Charge Your Prayer Life

Prayer enables us to not simply be victims of this world, but to instead be victors. We can move heaven and earth with our prayers, because prayer moves the hand of God on our behalf.

Churches’ Freedom Affirmed Again by Federal Court

The freedom of churches and other religious organizations to make employment decisions based on their beliefs has again gained support in the federal court system.

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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