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Well, 2012 is officially in the books. As we make editorial plans for the coming year, we were curious: what Leadership Journal articles resonated with readers in 2012? We've listed our Top 10 most-viewed articles below. Here are some themes that emerged:

As always, first-person stories from pastors (#1, #7, #10) were popular. We had pastors getting busted at Mass, befriending pariahs, and pastoring lesbians. These leaders shared the lessons they learned in unusual circumstances, and readers took notice.

A couple of practical teaching articles also cracked the top 10, including articles on the LJ themes of transformation (#4) and outreach (#8).

Pieces from our spiritual warfare issue were also popular, with "Removing the Demonic" (#3) landing high on the list.

Which is your favorite? Take a look below and let us know in the comments.

Without further ado, our top 10 …

#10: Busted at Mass by Gordon Dalbey. What I learned after getting caught crashing Catholic mass.

#9: Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders by Steven James.Time-tested practices to ensure complete and utter failure.

#8: The Soul of Steve Jobs by Gordon MacDonald. What would it have taken to reach the Apple founder's core?

#7: When Clean and Unclean Touch by Mark Buchanan. Jesus' revolutionary reversal puts transformation within reach.

#6: Why Men Still Hate Going to Church. LJ Managing Editor Drew Dyck interviews David Murrow.

#5: The 5 Comments Preachers Hate Most by John Ortberg. Dealing with post-sermon remarks.

#4: How to Spot a Transformed Christian by Gordon MacDonald. 12 outward signs of the inner reality

#3: Removing Demonic Oppression by Karl Payne.
Steps to freeing those under the unwanted influence.

#2: Christian Denominations are like NFL Teams by Ben Howard. If you don't have a sense of humor, then please don't read the following post (Out of Ur post).

#1: Going to Hell with Ted Haggard by Michael Cheshire. What I learned about grace and redemption through my friendship with a Christian pariah. (This is the most read and shared article in Leadership's history!)

Drew Dyck is managing editor of Leadership Journal.

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Posted: January 8, 2013

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Marshall Shelley

January 08, 2013  4:49pm

Good question, Brian. We picked these solely on which article had the most pageviews from readers. These were the ones that seemed to attract the most readers in 2012.

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January 08, 2013  9:21am

I'm an Out of Ur reader but enjoy the articles on Leadership Journal too. I was a little surprised the "Is Evolution a Must Win", "Why Legalizing Gay Marriage May be Good for the Church", and the "They Think We're a Hate Group" articles didn't make the list. These seamed like they had good traction then again maybe not what ya'll wanted to promote on this list.

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Matt McCollum

January 08, 2013  9:16am

Enjoying reading through all these articles! I actually only started reading Leadership Journal a few weeks ago when someone shared the Ted Haggard article with me. I've enjoyed following Leadership Journal and Michael Cheshire ever since. Thanks guys.

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