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The Top 10 Leadership Articles of 2012

The Top 10 Leadership Articles of 2012

Your most popular reads from the past year

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!)