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5 Trends Redefining the Relationship Between Americans and the Church

As part of their State of the Church 2020, Barna calls out five statistical trends that are vital for church leaders to recognize moving into the future. Read More » The post 5 Trends … more

5 Ways Lent Participation Deepened My Faith

While participating in Lent is certainly not a requirement, it can be a challenging and healthy experience for believers. Read More » The post 5 Ways Lent Participation Deepened My Faith … more

4 Reasons Why We Should Preach Hard Texts

There are some difficult texts in Scripture. They are just as God-inspired as other passages, however, so we shouldn't ignore them in our preaching. Read More » The post 4 Reasons Why We … more

Why the Quietest People in Your Ministry Could Be the Most Influential

Sometimes saying less means more. Staying silent might be the most spiritual thing we can do. Here's why the quiet leaders are often worth following. Read More » The post Why the Quietest … more

6 People at Risk of Leaving Your Church

It's helpful to think through people in our church who may be feel a little on the outside—and are perhaps tempted to jump ship. Read More » The post 6 People at Risk of Leaving Your … more

3 Reasons Repentance Can Be Painful for Pastors

Church leaders are no more immune to private or public sin than any of our other sacred siblings. If anything, we're always in Satan's crosshairs.  Read More » The post 3 Reasons Repentance … more

75 Icebreaker Questions for Church Small Groups

Some group members can be slow to open up. Here are 75 questions along with multiple choice answers to warm up the room and get your people chatting. Read More » The post 75 Icebreaker … more

Surprising Concerns Pastors See the U.S. Church Facing

While issues like religious liberty and celebrity pastors garner headlines and social media discussion, they're not what pastors say are their major concerns. Read More » The post Surprising … more

3 Tips for Dealing With Death in Your Ministry

Some of the most powerful ministry of your life will happen amid the valley of the shadow of death. Don't waste those moments. Read More » The post 3 Tips for Dealing With Death in Your … more

7 Surefire Ways to Repel Church Visitors

We asked: "What was your worst/weirdest/most awkward church visit?" There were themes apparent through similar responses. Others were hard to believe. Read More » The post 7 Surefire Ways to … more

The Neglected Need of People Coming to Your Church

Into the doors of our churches will walk people who feel the stain of sin, the division between them and God, and the fracture between them and others. Read More » The post The Neglected … more

The Hidden Truth Behind Bivocational Ministry

Contrary to popular misconceptions, bivocational ministry is far less valued, but far more common and far more work than most really understand.  … more

3 Ways the Church Can Promote Unity in a Politically-Divided Culture

Christians and non-Christians alike participate in political arguments on social media. How do we avoid getting sucked into the divisiveness of our culture? Read More » The post 3 Ways the … more

10 Questions Churches Should Ask Their Gen Z Members

Intentionally or inadvertently, churches and ministries can reinforce Gen Z’s alienation from faith by failing to engage their concerns and passions. Read More » The post 10 Questions … more

7 Lies Infecting Culture and Spreading to Your Church

If they haven’t already, these lies will subtly change the way you approach pastoral ministry, and how those in your church approach work, life, and love. Read More » The post 7 Lies … more

3 Leadership Lessons from an Unlikely Follower of Jesus

James didn’t initially believe Jesus was the Messiah. How did he go from saying Jesus was out of His mind to becoming a leader in the early Church? Read More » The post 3 Leadership … more

The Most Unsung Discipleship Tool in Our Churches

Can worship be part of discipleship? The answer is a resounding yes. It is an essential part of the growth and development of healthy disciples. Read More » The post The Most Unsung … more

3 Questions to Ask About Multiethnic Worship Gatherings

Rather than suggesting "how to" have a multiethnic worship gathering, it may be more helpful to think through questions as ministry contexts become increasingly diverse. Read More » The post … more

The 9 Greatest Concerns Pastors Have for Their Church

Church leaders face a litany of issues and problems within their congregations and outside the church. But what are the top concerns of the average pastor? Read More » The post The 9 … more

The 15 Most Popular Bible Verses on Love

People are looking for love in lots of different places, including the Bible. “Love” remained the most searched for term at Bible Gateway in 2019. Read More » The post The 15 Most … more
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