5 Ways Facebook May be Harming Your Church

5 Ways Facebook May be Harming Your Church

One of my favorite childhood memories is watching the movie Star Wars in the theater in 1977. I (along with an entire nation) was awestruck. Nothing like that had ever been done before. We were all sucked into a new world of ...

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6 Steps to Immediately Take When a Big Giver Leaves

6 Steps to Immediately Take When a Big Giver Leaves

When our church was small, we were debt-free except for a $54,000 loan extended to the church by one of the “rich” members for a building project. The “deal” was brokered by my predecessor in conjunction with the church leaders. ...

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3 Keys to Training up Leaders in Your Church

3 Keys to Training up Leaders in Your Church

How many struggles of pastoral ministry can be traced to a lack of solid biblical training? It has never been easier to get a seminary or Bible college degree, yet graduates mistakenly assume that degree-in-hand means they are ready to ...

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8 Ways to Fail as a Pastor

8 Ways to Fail as a Pastor

The definition of failure (and success) is subjective. For our purposes, failure is not pastoring a small church or never writing a book or never being featured as a conference speaker. Failure as a pastor is not fulfilling the call ...

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Your Sermon Offended? Good, it was Supposed To

Your Sermon Offended? Good, it was Supposed To

“Lord, do you know the Pharisees were offended by your sermon?” –Matthew 15:12 Let me say up front that no church can long endure a steady diet of negative preaching. No Christian, no matter how faithful, can withstand an unending ...

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5 Tips for Balanced Preaching on Touchy Topics

5 Tips for Balanced Preaching on Touchy Topics

Preachers today walk a precarious tightrope. On one hand, we are commissioned to preach the truth of God’s Word. On the other hand, our culture is extremely politically correct and rejects the idea of absolute truth. Ignore the first part ...

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3 Things to Do before You Quit, Pastor

3 Things to Do before You Quit, Pastor

The best laugh I’ve had in a while came from one of our pastors who wanted to quit and the Lord put a stop to it. He sat in my office this week and told us what happened. Under the ...

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6 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told My Church

6 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told My Church

I recently had the honor of participating the installation service for a friend as he embarked upon his first senior pastorate. I was given the responsibility of preaching the installation sermon. Such sermons usually come in the forms of charges. ...

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10 Signals That Say, “You are Not Welcome in This Church”

10 Signals That Say, “You are Not Welcome in This Church”

“You shall love (the stranger) as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:34). As a retired pastor who preaches in a different church almost every Sunday, a fun thing I get to do is study the ...

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Preaching This Sunday? 10 Things to Do Today

Preaching This Sunday? 10 Things to Do Today

Let’s suppose you’re a pastor and you’re preaching this Sunday. That’s six days away. To the man or woman in the pew, that seems like a long time, but it’s not. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Preacher’s Calendar. It goes ...

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