Articles for Pastors

3 Lessons I Learned from Burnout

3 Lessons I Learned From Burnout

Many pastors think they exist to help others in their needs, and through their work, rise above our own.
Jon Ritner on How Churches Can Thrive in a Post-Christian Context (Like Hollywood!)

Jon Ritner on How Churches Can Thrive in a Post-Christian Context (Like Hollywood!)

A pastor shares the lessons he learned in trying to start a church in Hollywood.
10 Things Only Preachers Can Understand About Preaching

10 Things Only Preachers Can Understand About Preaching

10 realities that will resonate with preachers about the job they love.
How Long Should A Pastor Preach?

How Long Should a Pastor Preach?

You can preach as long as you hold their attention.
5 Things Every Church Leader Should Unlearn in 2018 (If You Want to Stay Relevant)

5 Things Every Church Leader Should Unlearn in 2018 (If You Want to Stay...

The best leaders don’t just learn new things, they unlearn old things that are holding them and their teams back.
Hey Pastor, Here Are 7 Things Your Church Won't Tell You

Hey Pastor, Here Are 7 Things Your Church Won’t Tell You

Your members don't want the church to grow and they have a different definition of worship than you do are just two things churches won't tell their pastors.
Martin Luther King Jr.

On MLK Day We Still Cannot be Satisfied

"We are not black churches. We are not white churches. We are not Latino churches. We are not Asian churches. We are the church of Jesus Christ. We are members of the same body. In the true church of Jesus Christ, the walls of racism and injustice come down."
7 Things For Your 2018 Calendar

7 Things for Your 2018 Calendar

Pull all of your leaders and donors together for a fun, appreciation event.
Understanding Where Your Church Is On the Congregational Life Cycle

Understanding Where Your Church Is on the Congregational Life Cycle

Most churches are not totally focused on any one stage at any time. Rather, the Congregational Life Cycle demonstrates where a church is predominantly focused in its resources of time, money and emotions.
5 Traits of the Aware Leader

5 Traits of the Aware Leader

If a leader wants to be fully “aware,” there are disciplines they must have in place.
How Obsession With Youth Hurts the Church (and the Youth)

How Obsession With Youth Hurts the Church (and the Youth)

The church today has an undeniable obsession with youthfulness.
5 Benefits of Pastoring a Rural Church

5 Benefits of Pastoring a Rural Church

A pastor explains why he's glad he took a church with a name that he couldn’t pronounce in a town with more cows than people.
4 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be on the Team

4 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be on the Team

If someone on your team is not committed to the role, there is someone else who would be deeply honored to be in that role.
3 Steps for Introducing Change Every Leader Needs to Know

3 Steps for Introducing Change Every Leader Needs to Know

Unless your change effort leads you closer to fulfilling the vision of your organization, you’re wasting your time.
10 Lessons On How a Leader Should Handle Being Fired

10 Lessons on How a Leader Should Handle Being Fired

10 lessons on how a leader should handle being fired, from an NFL coach who just lost his job.
4 Lame Excuses People Give for Leaving Their Church

4 Lame Excuses People Give for Leaving Their Church

What to say when encountering people who are looking for "something new" because of problems at their past church.
7 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2018

7 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2018

The culture continues to change rapidly around you as a leader, and especially as a church leader. Are you and your team ready for all that’s ahead?
5 Bad Habits to Break for a Better New Year

5 Bad Habits to Break for a Better New Year

There are some scary truths about bad habits that hinder our ability to break them.
The Gospel Shaped Pastor

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona and their programs.
10 Reasons Preachers Should At Least Audit A Preaching Course

10 Reasons Preachers Should at Least Audit a Preaching Course

All of us have room to grow, no matter how long we’ve been doing this work.
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