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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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 for a Pastor to Avoid Burnout

5 Ways for a Pastor to Avoid Burnout

Burnout—the word is so overused, but the reality is so underestimated. The number of frustrated pastors seems to be on the rise. Even worse, the statistics of pastors leaving the ministry in less-than-desirable ways are overwhelming. Too many leaders are ...

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3 Ways We Are to Guard the Truth

3 Ways We Are to Guard the Truth

I recently posted my top 10 biblical priorities for a pastor’s ministry in the local church. One common question asked as a result was, “What does it mean for a pastor to guard the truth?” This is a fair question, especially ...

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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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3 Observations on What the Pastor’s “Typical” Week Reflects

3 Observations on What the Pastor’s “Typical” Week Reflects

With a stethoscope over my heart, the doctor inquired, “What’s a typical week for a pastor?” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “You see Doc, ‘typical’ doesn’t exist for the pastor. It’s a myth, a dream, and a ...

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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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