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One Pastor to Another

One Pastor to Another

How well will you bridge your church's past with its future?
Is Pot Legal in Your State Yet?

Is Pot Legal in Your State Yet?Subscriber Access Only

And other items of interest from ministry and culture
What We Learned From a Failed Church Merger

What We Learned From a Failed Church Merger

It wasn't easy, but it taught us a lot.
Staying Is the New Going

Staying Is the New GoingSubscriber Access Only

You don't have to cross seas to make a kingdom impact.
Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

Kevin Gushiken on multiethnic ministry
Practical Wisdom for Multiethnic Ministry

Practical Wisdom for Multiethnic MinistrySubscriber Access Only

Three tips for unity in a diverse church.
My Top 10 Church Planting Tips from 2013

My Top 10 Church Planting Tips from 2013

A new planter reflects on living a year of wise advice.
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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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When a Colleague Falls

When a Colleague FallsSubscriber Access Only

What's your role as a friend and colaborer?
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Assess the Effectiveness of Your Women's MinistryBuilding Church Leaders

Assess the Effectiveness of Your Women's Ministry

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