5 Facts Pastors Should Consider about the Mark Driscoll Scandal

5 Facts Pastors Should Consider about the Mark Driscoll Scandal

As Christian Headlines previously reported, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll announced to his Seattle-based congregation Sunday that he is taking a six-week leave of absence from his position as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church. Driscoll maintains he will take time ...

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5 Labor Day Encouragement Tips for Pastors

5 Labor Day Encouragement Tips for Pastors

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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5 Dangers of Tribalism

5 Dangers of Tribalism

Since the beginning of human history people have lived in tribes. Tribes have provided us with the protection, provision, and personal relationships we need as people created for community. While the make-up of tribes has changed over time, the essence ...

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7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

Football, bonfires, and changing leaves; there is just something special about this time of year.  Many people find autumn to be the most refreshing time of year. There may be some spiritual significance to all of this. Fall is harvest ...

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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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5 Reasons We Should Make Disciples

5 Reasons We Should Make Disciples

As a pastor, “Why am I here?” is a common question that I get all of the time. It is a question about personal purpose. The question of “Why are we supposed to make disciples?” clues us in on the ...

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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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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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