5 Reasons Why Pastors Don’t Preach on Gluttony

5 Reasons Why Pastors Don’t Preach on Gluttony

A cartoon shows a sign in front of a café: “Specializing in meals that leave you bloated and lethargic, followed by self-loathing.” A man says to his wife, “I liked it better when they called it comfort food.” I know the ...

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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Vision

5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Vision

If you have ever attended a leadership conference, read a leadership book, or even been in a room where leadership is being taught, you have no doubt heard the word vision. It’s used in all areas, not just because it ...

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8 Ways to Develop Character Traits of an Effective Leader

8 Ways to Develop Character Traits of an Effective Leader

Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Joseph M. Stowell’s new book Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders (Zondervan, 2014). No matter how much authority your position gives you in your organization or how ...

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Conducting a Funeral When Suicide is the Cause of Death

Conducting a Funeral When Suicide is the Cause of Death

“Nothing jars the mind and emotions like news of a suicide,” writes Brian Croft, pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Practical Shepherding. Brian has graciously given me permission to reprint a portion from his very ...

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3 Ways to Stay Relevant… Without Losing the Gospel

3 Ways to Stay Relevant… Without Losing the Gospel

It is one of the greatest debates going on in the church today. The questions is this: Will we be relevant to our culture or will we be committed to Biblical integrity? The problem involves Christian leaders who feel it ...

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5 Misunderstandings about Church Discipline

5 Misunderstandings about Church Discipline

Growing up in a mainline Protestant church, I had no idea there was anything such as church discipline in the modern world. Matthew 18:15-17 was never discussed, much less implemented, even when church leaders gratuitously divorced their spouses after beginning affairs ...

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3 Reasons Pastors Should Use All Their Vacation Time

3 Reasons Pastors Should Use All Their Vacation Time

You may begin reading this post with the idea that I will suggest how many weeks of vacation you should be given by your church, or how much you should advocate to give your pastor. Instead, I intend to answer this ...

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3 Opportunities Busy Pastors Miss

3 Opportunities Busy Pastors Miss

Busyness in ministry is an epidemic. As our world moves faster and faster, pastors are being sucked into a vortex of tasks, projects, emails, and goals. The problem is that when you get overwhelmed, you get tunnel vision. Your perspective ...

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5 Things to Do before Leaving Your Church

5 Things to Do before Leaving Your Church

Everyone will leave their church at some point. Whether God calls us home to glory, move to another city, or decide to try a different local church, we are going to leave. Leaving a local congregation should be one of ...

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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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