7 ways to be missional this Halloween

Regardless of one’s opinion, Halloween does afford Christians an incredible opportunity.

When your church is stuck—try a study group

I’ve come to the conclusion that the American church is where it is—losing members, lacking the will for change, without a vision for the future—because it is mired in the muck of not having a hope for what it could become.

4 principles to avoid overload

Are there ways in which overload is affecting you and your organization?

25 tips for dealing with politics in your group or class

How do you discuss politics civilly in such a politically charged culture? Or should you even try?

What do you do when you feel trapped?

Maybe you feel abandoned and desperate to relocate from what appears to be an ineffective ministry position. Have you resigned yourself to the idea that “God is keeping me here for a reason”?

Why you can love asking people to give

Do you dread preaching about giving? Remember this: When you provide leadership in stewardship at church, you do essential work.

Where's the proof?

Our witness is often not taken too seriously because there is nothing about our lives that would indicate we have been with Jesus.

Writers need to be careful about plagiarism

With the presence of the Internet, social media and video cameras on every street corner, we live in the kind of world where it feels like we’re all being watched. Nowhere is that more evident than in the area of plagiarism.

4 cautions about the "gift" of criticism

I've been blessed with the spiritual gift of criticism. Ask anyone who knows me well and they can affirm this. The only problem is that it isn't a spiritual gift!

Preaching that makes people furious

How do preachers remain faithful in the face of conflict and confrontation? How do you preach Jesus when others don’t want to listen?

Leadership before, during, and after a storm—Hurricane Matthew

The adage is true that you are either getting ready for a storm, in the middle of a storm, or recovering from a storm.

Identifying spiritual structures in the workplace

Every organization has a structure (including most churches). We are all very familiar with these structures. I want us to ignore them for a moment.

Do you have thanatophobia?

The fear of death haunts a lot of people. There’s a gnawing anxiety that life could end at any moment. It’s upsetting and ultimately leads to unhappiness. Yet such gloom isn’t inevitable.

10 things church members would love to hear from their pastors

Most church members love their pastors. Many church members are encouragers to their pastors. Despite this fact, pastors often lose perspective when a few critical church members become a persistent pain and challenge.

Jesus changes Iranians' and Afghans' lives

Encouraging evidence that the Lord is moving among Iranians and Afghans is provided by Elam Ministries, which says 214 Iranians and Afghans were baptized recently in a joyful service in a country near Iran.

A review of Martin Luther King’s code of conduct for marchers

In the wake of media images of present day demonstrations and violence following police shootings of black individuals, we revisit Martin Luther King’s rules for peaceful protest marches.

Using story to describe God

How does this story-telling approach impact our preaching?

What do we got that's good about the church?

There’s plenty to dislike in the North American church. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?

The cure for groups is S.M.A.L.L.

When it comes to groups, the cure is spelled: S.M.A.L.L., and the first step is surveying the types of groups you already have.

5 reasons why pastors lack close friendships

Barna Research discovered that 61 percent of pastors are lonely and have few close friends. The loneliest people in churches are often pastors. Why is this so?

8 common mistakes rookie pastors make

It is excruciating for me to recall some of the dumb things I did more than three decades ago.

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