3 Reasons Pastors Need to Be Vulnerable (and 3 Cautions)

3 Reasons Pastors Need to Be Vulnerable (and 3 Cautions)

Many pastors, this one included, have a hard time opening up and being vulnerable with those around them. The lethal cocktail of pride and insecurity, combined with the belief that people need us to be an ever-stable, always-faithful, never-failing rock, ...

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4 Types of Listeners Preachers Must Connect With

4 Types of Listeners Preachers Must Connect With

The preaching event involves not only God, the preacher and the biblical text, but the people who listen to the sermon. Unfortunately, writing and teaching in the field of homiletics has focused predominantly on getting the text right (exegesis), getting the ...

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How NOT to Begin a Sermon

How NOT to Begin a Sermon

How NOT to begin a sermon: “I’m sorry I didn’t have time to prepare.” (Don’t tell us. Let us figure that out on our own.) “I’ve been busy this week.” (Everyone has been busy this week.) “I have 17 points ...

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2 Things We Will Find Out in Heaven

2 Things We Will Find Out in Heaven

“So, you were the one praying for me!” Something about heaven was brought home to me by a testimony in the latest issue of Christianity Today (July/August 2014). In “A Grief Transformed,” Tara Edelschick tells of being brought up the ...

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10 Things Everyone Wants in a Sermon

10 Things Everyone Wants in a Sermon

Traditionally, churches tell the old, old story in languages (music, terminology, symbols, etc.) that only the initiated understand, leaving any newcomers or non-Christians in the dark. “Seeker-friendly” churches (typified by churches like Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek) target a different crowd ...

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4 Prayer Killers for Pastors

4 Prayer Killers for Pastors

How’s your prayer life? On a scale of 1 to 10 from non-existent to stellar how would you rate it? I bet most charitably argue for a 6 to 8. Few might place them self in a 9 or 10. ...

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5 Signs You’re on the Right Track

5 Signs You’re on the Right Track

Effective vision development, or deciding what we want to accomplish, is one of the most crucial elements of leadership. But if we are going to get something big done, we have to be razor sharp. We don’t have time to ...

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1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

Immediately after he passed away, a nurse came in and made an empty attempt at comfort, “He’s in a better place” she said. As soon as the words were uttered they seemed to bounce around the room with nowhere to ...

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5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men & Women

5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men & Women

Encouraging working men and women in our congregations is an oft-neglected, but essential part of ministry, because most Christians who attend church on Sunday don’t draw a paycheck from a Christian organization. They have to get up on Monday morning ...

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The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do

The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do

I’m pro-pastor, but I’m not blind. These men (in our denomination, pastors are men) are called of God and assigned some of the most difficult work in the universe, and for the most part they labor well and long and you never ...

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