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Wisdom When You Need It Most

Wisdom When You Need It MostSubscriber Access Only

4 sources of the gift leaders can’t survive without.
Toss the Old Sweater

Toss the Old SweaterSubscriber Access Only

Ministry, like a closet, can be too full.
The Freedom of Simple

The Freedom of SimpleSubscriber Access Only

And vocations beyond ‘ministries.’
Time to Clean House?

Time to Clean House?Subscriber Access Only

5 steps to unclutter your ministry
How Does Your Week Look?

How Does Your Week Look?Subscriber Access Only

5 pastors share how they structure their schedules.
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Our editors have compiled our best on Church Health topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

Can Your Church Handle the Truth?

Can Your Church Handle the Truth?

Recovery ministries demand a level of honesty many congregations aren't used to.
Why THIS?
What churches can learn from recovery ministries about confronting struggles.
Discipline the Backbone of the Church

Discipline the Backbone of the ChurchSubscriber Access Only

A spineless body has trouble standing up for anything.
Why THIS?
This classic article, even more accurate today than when it was written, details how our individualistic attitudes prevent us from submitting to the church and how a church that is unwilling and unable to discipline its people cannot live up to its purpose.
Church Discipline for Repetitive Sin

Church Discipline for Repetitive Sin

How do you work pastorally with people who are likely to fall again?
Why THIS?
Confronting repetitive sin is tricky and tiresome, but the healing and change that result are worth the effort.
Your Church's Apgar

Your Church's ApgarSubscriber Access Only

A new way to measure spiritual vitality
Why THIS?
This article suggests two ways for churches to measure their vitality (hint: neither pertains to attendance).
Cookie Cutter Community

Cookie Cutter Community

Distressed by consumer Christianity, this church razed the ministries enjoyed by so many for so Iong—and started over.
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Missional Living in a Fraternity

Missional Living in a Fraternity

What it takes to go with Jesus into unlikely parts of the world.
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