15 Skills of Great Preachers

15 Skills of Great Preachers

Lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a “great” preacher. The answer must necessarily be subjective. After listening to hundreds of sermons by hundreds of preachers (some famous, most not) in various settings for 45 years, I’ve come to some ...

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5 Pastoral Lessons from the Cigar Shop

5 Pastoral Lessons from the Cigar Shop

Pastors often struggle with feeling isolated from the world. They are in meetings with Christians, counseling Christians, preparing sermons and lectures, developing leaders, and before long find that they have very little interactions with people outside of the church. To whom, ...

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3 Things to Teach Teens at Graduation (and Before)

3 Things to Teach Teens at Graduation (and Before)

High school graduation is a rite of passage unlike any other. You move from being treated like a child (legally) to being counted an adult, both in society and in any academic setting you might enter. Colleges aren’t even allowed ...

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5 Traits I Look for in Potential Pastors

5 Traits I Look for in Potential Pastors

As a denominational leader with many responsibilities, none is more important than that of appointing pastors to local churches. The futures of the church and the pastor are at stake. So, many considerations come into play. The expectations of the ...

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THE Urgent Reason for Unity in Your Church

THE Urgent Reason for Unity in Your Church

“Father, I pray that they all may be one…that the world may believe that You sent me….that they may be one just as we are one….that the world may know that You have sent me….” (John 17:20-23) In the churches ...

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5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People

5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People

Pastoral ministry is people work and people can be difficult. Some folks seem to have the spiritual gift of pointing out everything you and the church could do better. Others have impossibly high expectations that despite your good intentions you ...

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3 Don’ts for Dealing with Volunteers

3 Don’ts for Dealing with Volunteers

As I lead conferences all over our great country, I continue to be amazed at how many horror stories I hear of church volunteers who are not treated well. It saddens me that, in the name of Jesus, we would ...

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4 Tips for the Pastor’s First Sixty Days

4 Tips for the Pastor’s First Sixty Days

Humorist Will Rogers said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Rogers wasn’t a pastor but he must have known something about local church ministry. Your first 60 days at a new church can make ...

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9 Warning Signs of a Pastor Losing His Way

9 Warning Signs of a Pastor Losing His Way

1) He ignored the Clear Evidence of Problems. The evidence was all around him, and yet he simply didn’t pay attention. I’ve noted in other books that no one is more influential in your life than you are, because no ...

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2 Big Problems with Overly Simple Sermons

2 Big Problems with Overly Simple Sermons

Many sermons are a lot like popular sitcoms. And I’m not referring to the fact that pastors seem to think that a good sermon has to start with something funny, although that’s an interesting connection in its own right. I ...

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