2016 has been a year of highs and lows, cringes and fist-pumps. We started January fearing the spread of the Zika virus and welcomed November cheering (or weeping) over the Chicago Cubs’ World Series win. The presidential election dominated the year’s news cycle. Reporters and analysts reveled in the early primary cage matches, gaped in uncommon silence as ballots closed on election night, and scrutinized Donald Trump’s cabinet selections like sports commentators on NFL draft day. And, of course, there was the short-lived Pokémon Go phenomenon.
For Christianity Today’s pastoral resources, this was a year of transitions. After 36 years serving pastors with remarkable ministry insight, Leadership Journal published its final issue in January. But its legacy (and entire catalog of articles) lives on here at CTPastors.com. Through this transition, we’ve been able to feature a bounty of wisdom and tools for working pastors, written by some of the most thoughtful, humble, and hard-working church leaders I’ve ever met.
I pray that our articles and cartoons this year have made your calling a little clearer, your job a little easier, and your workdays a little brighter. Without further ado, here are our 16 most popular articles published in 2016.
by Mike MacKenzie
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
by Lee Eclov
The slow, small, but immeasurably sacred work of pastoral care.
by Karen L. Miller
What does it take to develop leaders in your church?
by J. R. Briggs
An open letter to every single human being who has ever asked for a pastoral recommendation (or who might ask for one in the future).
by Kara Powell
Our research underscores the crucial role of intergenerational relationships.
by Kyle Rohane
Here’s what we discovered.
by Rob O’Lynn
5 pieces of advice I could have used when I started.
by Scott Scruggs
5 reasons, despite the resistance, to set goals rather than merely to make plans.
Interview with John Crosby
How to follow Jesus while dodging bullets.
by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones
From research to outline, and everything in between.
by Lee Eclov
A seasoned shepherd selects those most helpful for 'the cure of souls.'
by Drew Dyck
Apps, websites, software, and kitchen implements to help you conquer your ‘to-do’ list.
by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
Church leaders get a lot of criticism. So I want to express my appreciation.
by Brandon Washington, John Ortberg, Aaron Cho, Samuel Rodriguez, and more
After a bitter, divisive election, what will the nation's ministers say?
Interview with Clayton King
Clayton King never expected to be a senior pastor. Now he leads one of the largest churches in America.
by Heidi Hall
Reports of clergy attrition are often exaggerated, but pastors still face daunting challenges.
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