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What the story of a rowing team can teach us about effective ministry.
Sharing ministry with the congregation protects pastors from burnout.
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Why we've stopped counting members and started tracking "active attenders."
We needed a model of church membership that truly shaped the way we lived.
If you set the bar low for church membership, don't be surprised when people fail to commit.
Encouraging a deeper commitment
What to do on your way out.
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.
Recovery ministries demand a level of honesty many congregations aren't used to.
What churches can learn from recovery ministries about confronting struggles.
A spineless body has trouble standing up for anything.
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.
How do you work pastorally with people who are likely to fall again?
Confronting repetitive sin is tricky and tiresome, but the healing and change that result are worth the effort.
A new way to measure spiritual vitality
This article suggests two ways for churches to measure their vitality (hint: neither pertains to attendance).
Distressed by consumer Christianity, this church razed the ministries enjoyed by so many for so Iong—and started over.