By Lance Witt on Oct 16, 2017
"In ministry, there are certain tensions that we must live with. Sometimes they seem contradictory, but they are tensions that are actually healthy for us."
By Charles Stone on Oct 16, 2017
Andy Stanley's 5 questions that are deeply telling about a church’s direction and impact.
By Ross Lester on Oct 14, 2017
Many people are intrigued but leery of using a preaching team approach. This article aims to provide some practical answers to the obstacles involved in the process.
By Ron Edmondson on Oct 13, 2017
In my experience, there are commonalities of dysfunction. If you have been on a dysfunctional team you’ve probably seen one or more of the common traits. See if any of these seem familiar.
By Jeff Clarke on Oct 12, 2017
“The essence of forgiveness is absorbing pain instead of giving it.” – Timothy Keller
By Jon Bloom on Oct 11, 2017
"No one actually follows their heart. I know that sounds odd, given the prevalence of our cultural creed to "follow your heart." But if we think carefully about what the "heart" really is and how it functions, we will see that this creed doesn’t make sense, and why it ends up confusing and misleading people."
By David Mathis on Oct 10, 2017
What does the Bible teach about the role and qualifications of elders?
By Randy Alcorn on Oct 9, 2017
"In times of doubt, difficulty, and trials, our fundamental beliefs about God and our faith are revealed. So how can Christians find faith in the midst of doubt? How can they trust God’s plan when their lives seem out of His control, and prayers seem to go unanswered or, sometimes it feels, even unheard?"
By Lance Witt on Oct 9, 2017
"There is nothing worse than trying to inspire people to be passionate about God when you have little or no passion yourself. There is nothing more empty feeling than trying to connect people to God when you feel disconnected from God."
By John Piper on Oct 7, 2017
"The forces of American culture are almost all designed to build the opposite worldview into our people’s minds. Maximize comfort, ease, and security. Avoid all choices that might bring discomfort, trouble, difficulty, pain, or suffering. Add this cultural force to our natural desire for immediate gratification and fleeting pleasures, and the combined power to undermine the superior satisfaction of the soul in the glory of God through suffering is huge."
By Josh Reich on Oct 6, 2017
8 questions to ask as you prepare to preach your next sermon.
By Karl Vaters on Oct 5, 2017
"We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?"
By Marshall Segal on Oct 4, 2017
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit,” (Psalms 34:18).
By Jonathan Howe on Oct 3, 2017
How can using Facebook help you promote your church?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Oct 2, 2017
"I recently surveyed 1400 small and mid-sized church pastors to find out what they struggle with most as their church grows. They overwhelmingly identified developing leaders as their top challenge."
By Lance Witt on Oct 2, 2017
"When it comes to our preaching, we live in the constant tension between pastor and prophet. On one hand, as pastors we want to encourage and care for the sheep. So, in our preaching we want to be uplifting and hopeful. On the other hand, as prophets we must sometimes say the hard things that the sheep don’t want to hear."
By Peter Mead on Sep 30, 2017
It is important to discern when an exhortation needs to be given, and when the listener is already aware of their need for growth and working hard by faith to become more like Christ.
By Randy Alcorn on Sep 29, 2017
"Just as we should be intentional about what we post, we should also be intentional about how we process what others are posting."
By Karl Vaters on Sep 28, 2017
"Don't force people to do ministry your way. Help them with the ministry they're already passionate about."
By Carey Nieuwhof on Sep 26, 2017
Why is it that most churches never break the 200 attendance mark?
By Lance Witt on Sep 25, 2017
“Everything worthwhile is uphill. Everything that is valuable, you have to work for. No one ever coasted their way to success. Most people have uphill hopes but have downhill habits.”
By James White on Sep 23, 2017
"Regardless of the type of small group ministry you may have, there are three foundational questions that must be settled for maximum effectiveness and clear focus––yet seldom are. And they are foundational questions because they speak to the heart of your philosophy of ministry."
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 22, 2017
"Any pastor can tell you about it. Even when you do your best to serve God by ministering to His people, some church members are not going to forgive you. You didn’t do it their way, weren’t there when they called, didn’t jump at their bark." So how do you handle these kinds of situations?
By Josh Reich on Sep 21, 2017
"When we read the Bible, we want to understand it and apply it. We want to know what the Bible says and how it affects our lives. We want something to happen, we want to get something out of it. But we’re often left frustrated and wondering what we missed."
By Brandon Cox on Sep 20, 2017
"If you want to grow up on the inside, then you have to get more comfortable with correction."
By Chris Pascarella on Sep 19, 2017
As pastors, we’re called to shepherd the flock (1 Peter 5:2). In fact, God holds us accountable for our shepherding (Hebrews 13:17). But what does it look like to shepherd?
By Lance Witt on Sep 18, 2017
"In the last thirty years within the church world, there has been a subtle shifting of the spotlight. Inadvertently, in many places, it has become all about the bride (the church) rather than the groom (Jesus)."
By Charles Stone on Sep 18, 2017
“No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do.” ––Paul Tripp
By Brandon Kelley on Sep 16, 2017
Dave Stone’s 8 Principles to Great Preaching
By Peter Walters on Sep 15, 2017
We have a new family in our church with no church background at all. When I prepare to preach I think of them and go the extra mile to make my message as understandable and relatable as possible.