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Is Faith Sufficient for Membership?

Is Faith Sufficient for Membership?

A case study in leadership discernment
Reaching Churchless America

Reaching Churchless AmericaSubscriber Access Only

Examining the unchurched
When Smaller Is Better

When Smaller Is BetterSubscriber Access Only

Effective small church ministry starts with a clearer view of success.
The Prayer-Centered Church

The Prayer-Centered ChurchSubscriber Access Only

What it takes to lead a prayerful community.
Changing the Scorecard

Changing the ScorecardSubscriber Access Only

Affirming everyone's vocation begins by changing the way we define ministry success.
A Holy Experiment

A Holy Experiment

Aaron Niequist and Steve Carter discuss launching a new initiative at Willow Creek.
Tom Nelson: Beginning with Vocation

Tom Nelson: Beginning with Vocation

We have an integral God who is an integral worker.
Tom Nelson: A Robust Theology That Informs Work

Tom Nelson: A Robust Theology That Informs Work

We must understand the centrality of a robust theology that informs our lives and vocations.
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Our editors have compiled our best on Vision & Values topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

Blind Spot

Blind SpotSubscriber Access Only

Visionaries are leaders who see the big picture and determine the necessary steps for the group. But pastors must also build personal relationships, willing to minister to individuals.
From My Vision to Our Vision

From My Vision to Our VisionSubscriber Access Only

Not all pastors are visionary leaders, which is why it sometimes takes a leadership team to identify God's vision for a church.
Even Healthy Churches Need to Change

Even Healthy Churches Need to ChangeSubscriber Access Only

If it ain't broke … thinking leads nowhere.
H. Dale Burke shares what it was like to succeed Chuck Swindoll as the head pastor at a thriving church. Burke discovered that in spite of the church's overall health, innovation and flexibility were still essential.
Before You Introduce Change

Before You Introduce Change

Vision casting isn't step one, or even step two.
Pastors hoping to institute changes should first establish a sense of urgency and elicit support from informed and engaged leaders before articulating the vision and the strategy for achieving it.
Roadblocks and Guardrails for Visionaries

Roadblocks and Guardrails for VisionariesSubscriber Access Only

Tom McKee recommends removing two common roadblocks and erecting two guardrails to make managing visionaries easier.
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5 Good Ways to Welcome Strangers

5 Good Ways to Welcome Strangers

It’s not illegal to care for immigrants, whatever their status.
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