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Sorry Christians, We Can’t Blame the Media Any More
More than ever before, we have an obligation to act in a Christ-like manner. Not just in church, but everywhere.
Then they get online and reinforce all the worst stereotypes about Christians as self-righteous, ignorant, out-of-touch jerks. You know why so many Christians act like jerks online?
Protect Your Congregation from a Gunman
A police officer's advice on how leaders can reduce risk—and possibly save lives.
Step 4: Prevent an incident. Situational crime expert Ronald Clarke coined these steps for avoiding an active-shooter incident: Increase effort. If a shooter
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree
When I stumbled on the degree description online, it felt exactly like love at first sight. My brain, heart, and spirit all lit up in recognition: This is for you.
The Dangers of a Bait-and-Switch Easter Sunday
Avoiding the pitfalls of special services.
I know that's overstating, but believe me—I've been there. And that's what "event evangelism" and "big" Sundays communicate, I think. Regardless of
The Technophobe's Ministry Survival Guide
Simple ideas you can start today, regardless of church size or know-how.
A web-based ChMS is hosted online, in a secure environment, and does not require monthly software updates since everything is done online. Online Giving Resources:
6 Leadership Lessons I've Learned from Millennials
As I'm learning from Millennials, I'm finding hope for the future.
Earlier this year, Watermark Church created a song (which then went viral online) called “Gotta Love Millennials.” (I'm choosing to believe that they're not making fun of Millennials but
Technology Has Changed My Role as Pastor
In 13 years, our church plant has transformed.
Let us know online through tweets, blogs, drawings, or smoke signals. Plus, for the first time this week, we put the video of our service online for the whole world to see.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
Taylor Turkington, co-director of Western Seminary's Verity Fellowship, describes the difficulty in analyzing how Christian women are influenced by the leaders they find online.
Vacation Resources for Cash-Strapped, Weary Pastors
Don’t let a shortage of funds prevent you from getting away.
Another little-known resource for pastors and spouses in particular are retreat centers that specialize in providing rest and restoration to ministry couples.
Keys to Preventing Adultery
Resisting sexual temptation involves taking practical steps and caring for your soul.
Many of us wear what I call "the pastor mask," to project a persona that's better than we really are. Many pastors feel like they can't admit to struggling with sexual sin.
Pastors: Don't Gloat Over Ashley Madison
The adulterer you condemn may be in your pews.
As Jesus shows us in challenging the woman caught in adultery to “Go and sin no more,” being caught does not preclude genuine repentance. Biblically
When a Same-Sex Couple Asks ‘Will You Marry Us?’
However we respond, let's communicate love.
He chuckled and said, “Yep, you and my mom.”. Love leads the way. If we want others to be at ease with us, merely tolerating or ignoring their lifestyles is not the answer.
Who’s defining your church’s reputation toward Immigrants?
Here's the problem: we say that amongst ourselves, but only a brave few have said so publicly, or even to their congregations. LifeWay Research finds
My Two Days with Eugene and Jan Peterson
What’s still taking root 5 years after a transformational visit.
Think about it: this is the guy whose paraphrase of the Bible is wildly popular, and whose new series on spiritual theology is profoundly prophetic. Yet
When Pastors Doubt
A church’s discomfort with their leader’s doubt won’t change by this Sunday, but denying doubt isn’t the pastor’s only option.
Find someone to confide in. You can't process all your questions in public, on a blog, on Twitter, or with any old church member. But you need someone to process with.
From 'Sit Back and Watch' to 'Get Up and Go'
Want to reach the next generation? Empower them to participate by using their gifts.
Then they walk through the doors of a church, and we tell them to sit down and shut up. Listen to us. Quietly! Comment, question, criticize? We don't do that sort of thing.
Sunday Service: 2026
Imagine the worship experience of the future.
For Daniel Fusco, lead pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, Washington, a significant growth in traffic for online services has presented the need for some
Did Pastors Pave the Way for Trump?
We bear some responsibility for the state of political discourse, but we also hold the power to change it.
Sometimes I am tempted to forget that my political opposites are people whom God loves. Sometimes I am tempted to forget that my political opposites are people whom God loves.