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Disillusioned by the Church
When organizational culture makes you wonder if you belong
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including: Lack of alignment between stated and actual values; Inconsistent application of policies; Unhealthy leadership behavior (eg, moral or relational);
Leaving Your Church the Right Way
The application and hiring process is awkward—so awkward—when you love your current congregation.
You need to study the church and its community before you go. This takes time and energy. So, the pastor application process is hard and time-consuming work.
5 Passages Your Pastor Wishes You'd Stop Taking out of Context
How we get them wrong and what church leaders can do about it.
The Bible was written for us, but not everything in it was written to us. So should we avoid sharing this verse with those in despair? Not necessarily. Abram
Back to Basics
What I learned from my husband, who trains pastors in third-world countries
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They also mention that they have become so focused on finding an application for a sermon that they forget to read a verse in context and lose the true meaning of the text.
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor
How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they’re the first Christian in generations?
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How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they're the first Christian in generations?
Who Exactly Am I Preaching To?
Crafting a message for your—yes your—congregation.
community. Some pastors I know do this well. One gathers an informal focus group of members to see if his application of the biblical text is connecting. Another
Before You Open Your Mouth
10 tips for “pre-public speaking”
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There's fantastic advice for the speech itself—start with a bang, use your lower register, make eye contact, use a visual aid, end with an application—but in my own experience, the most
James Brown: The Word of God Undergirds Everything I Do
The sports broadcaster opens up about preaching, calling, and straddling two different worlds.
How was preaching different from being in front of millions every week as a broadcaster? It was a night and day difference! Sermons are serious business
3 Secrets of Leadership Training
What does it take to develop leaders in your church?
On her application form, she was honest. The application asked, “On a scale from 1 (low) to 10 (high), where is your leadership now?” Janie marked her leadership at 3.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Sermon
From research to outline, and everything in between.
Only at this point—passage fully outlined and sermon outline well on its way—do I turn to Bible commentaries: technical, application-oriented, and everything in between.
Learning to Love the Church
When I became a pastor I didn't like much about the complexities of community in general and of a holy community in particular.
I then went to steel wool, over and over. Each application of Tung oil deepened the color. After several applications it seemed like the wood glowed from within.
7 Reasons to Consider a Small Church Internship
Small churches have unique characteristics, quirks and blessings that can only be learned by having ministry experience in them.
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Small churches have unique characteristics, quirks and blessings that can only be learned by having ministry experience in them.
8 Reasons I’ve Started Listening to Church Leadership Podcasts Lately
Listening will never replace reading. But podcasts have become a significant and valuable part of my church leadership learning experience.
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Listening will never replace reading. But podcasts have become a significant and valuable part of my church leadership learning experience.
3 Simple Words That Can Help Your Sermons Stick
A simple practice every pastor can do on Monday that can help last weekend's message have the impact you want.
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A simple practice every pastor can do on Monday that can help last weekend's message have the impact you want.
5 Church Administration Issues You Need to Know—But Didn’t Learn in Seminary
From child protection to budgets to property and more, why every pastor needs a working knowledge of management matters.
A thorough application, screening, and selection process for anyone in the church—clergy, staff, and volunteers—who will work with children and youth.
How to Be an Innovator Without Being an Imitator
Innovative leadership should constantly drive us to communicate eternal truths in fresh, new ways.
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Innovative leadership should constantly drive us to communicate eternal truths in fresh, new ways.
They Just Don’t Get It: Why Big Church Solutions Can't Fix Small Church Problems
The vast majority of churches are small, so we need small church alternatives to big church solutions.
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The vast majority of churches are small, so we need small church alternatives to big church solutions.
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
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Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists. When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel? Read as Single
Why I Don’t Go to the Bible to Find Sermon Material
When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it.
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When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it.
Deep AND Wide
How we're trying to be 'a seeker church with depth.'
OTJ. God's Word addresses these issues with application- oriented wisdom. But view. But I am a huge proponent of daily Bible reading and application. Well
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