3 benefits of getting a fresh start

Not so long ago, the ideal among evangelical pastors was the “lifetime pastorate” of 20, 30 or 40 years. Our models were a few famous pastors. “Since their ministries were long and successful,” we reasoned, “if I have a long...

Honor your pastor in grand biblical fashion

Does your pastor receive the honor and respect he deserves? Most don’t. Fortunately, the Bible helps us out by giving some simple, clear directions in this regard. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (ESV) says this, "We ask you, brothers, to respect those...

Stewardship is still a “dirty” word

Some research indicates that one of the main excuses people give for not attending church is: “The church is always harping about money.” According to stewardship expert Waldo J. Werning, 55 percent of pastors fear that they will be viewed...

Reaching families with special-needs children

Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the parents of three children, two of whom have special needs, and the family attends King’s Church London, where Andrew is teaching pastor. They have written a 150-page book (Crossway, 2016) entitled The Life We Never Expected.

Book review: God’s Significant Me

According to author, Phillip Hays, the number one fear among believers is insignificance. “When we don’t believe we are significant in God’s eyes, our lives lack effectiveness,” he shares in God's Significant Me: Unleashing the authentic life of service God...

5 reasons why disciples need ministry tools more than sermons

The discipleship results of your ministry are not defined by content of your preaching alone. One significant factor that impacts disciple-making is tool-making.

Video: You don’t need to be smart

Rusty George, Lead Pastor at Real Life Church (Valencia, Calif.) uncovers the qualifications God requires for ministry. Discover what it takes, as you explore Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church.

What are keystone habits and why do we need them?

It’s been said that first time church guests make a decision within the first few minutes about whether they will return a second time. As someone who attends a lot of churches, I can tell you quite a bit about...

Start measuring the right things if you want to renew your church

Traditional metrics lead to wrong priorities We’re pastors. We’re serious about winning people to faith in Christ.

How to handle seasons of pruning

The question haunted me. As a ministry leader who’s partially responsible for implementing vision, executing strategy, and building teams to sustain the overall mission, the big question kept coming back to my mind, and as a result, my team’s mind.

Christians should pray for Iranian Muslims during Ramadan

Elam Ministries asks Christians to pray for Iranian Muslims during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast, pray and doing charitable acts. Specificially, Elam requests prayer that Iranian Muslims turn to Christ, and, to encourage prayer, has provided two testimonies...

Insuring success in ministry and business

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.

Video: I answer to God — period.

Dr. Daniel Overdorf, Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry at Johnson University (Knoxville, Tenn.), discusses Peter’s counter-cultural response in Acts 5, and challenges us to consider our own response.

7 relational skills possessed by effective church leaders

They are the two most common causes of forced termination of pastors. Weak leadership skills. Poor relational skills. Much has been written in the past decade on leadership skills. The body of literature on the topic is massive and growing.

Book review: Small Groups For The Rest Of Us

As a doctoral student emphasizing in Great Commission discipleship, Chris Surratt’s book, Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2015), garnered intrigue and attention. Surratt...

Book review: Why "Bible Study" Doesn't Work

Dr. Gerry Lewis, Executive Director of Harvest Baptist Association, is unfairly gifted.

Following copyright law is essential for authors

Even though copyright law has been around for centuries, many would-be authors still fail to appreciate its significance. In a nutshell, I would define meeting copyright rules as giving credit where credit is due. Grab someone’s photograph, artwork or published...

We can all use healthy laughter

There’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in our country right now. It ranges from the recent shootings in Orlando to a heated presidential election that discourages many people to an irrational executive decree about gender-neutral bathrooms that infuriates...

What will we have to offer the "Nones"?

Church and culture in the UK is perhaps not too dissimilar from current trends in North America. According to recently released statistics, the percentage of “Nones”—those that indicate on a survey that they have no religious affiliation—has now surpassed the population of Christians (48.5 percent vs.

Please allow your people to say "No"

About four years ago my family and I went to dinner with a key family in my church. The objective of the dinner (besides fellowship and strengthening our relationship) was to have an intervention.

Putting your money where your mouth is: reaching the Millennials

Many churches say they want to do something about the Millennial Exodus: I use this term to describe the steep decline of Millennial involvement with the organized church following their graduation from high school (read the statistics here). However, few churches are willing to turn their words into action.

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