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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?Subscriber Access Only

I'm learning to weed through church-growth advice.
Small Groups, Big Impact

Small Groups, Big ImpactSubscriber Access Only

How to use small groups for church-wide discipleship.
Amy Sherman: Three Reasons Why Faith and Work Conversations Matter

Amy Sherman: Three Reasons Why Faith and Work Conversations Matter

Discipleship, generational faith, and the importance of work as integral in our lives.
Skye Jethani: All Work is Acceptable to God

Skye Jethani: All Work is Acceptable to God

Why do we believe that some work is sacred, while other work is simply "permissable?"
Amy Sherman: One Woman's Story

Amy Sherman: One Woman's Story

The work millenials are called to is more than just a phase.
Amy Sherman: Why Millennials Leave

Amy Sherman: Why Millennials Leave

It might have more to do with our conversations on work than you think.
Learning to Lament

Learning to Lament

How my church's violent neighborhood led us to discover the power of lament.
One Pastor to Another

One Pastor to Another

How well will you bridge your church's past with its future?
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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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Where is God on Monday?

Where is God on Monday?Subscriber Access Only

Equipping the church for faith at work.
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