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John Ortberg and the Pitfalls of Pastoral Discernment
When we consent to our calling as ministers of the gospel, we assent to be public imitators of all it proclaims.
My Lowest Point of Character Is My Highest Point of Leadership Capacity
Kingdom Character: How to be Faithful to the End (Part 1 of 3)
Why Do Some Pastors Sabotage Their Own Ministries?
And how can they avoid the allure of the self-destruct button?
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
Another Small Church Christmas Eve – Was Yours Not So Merry And Bright?
You’re not the only pastor who experienced a tough Christmas Eve yesterday, or feels the weight of it today.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
When You Feel Like A Failure (A Good Friday Reflection)
So much of Jesus’ life, ministry and message looked like a failure. Until the resurrection.
Ministry after the Massacre
150 days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, three pastors share how they’ve responded and what they’ve learned.
Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday
The pain of one pastor is intensified under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight, while the pain of another is ignored. Both hurt equally.
“Small Church Pastors Should Quit” (and More Monday Google Searches)
I’ve always known that Mondays are hard for pastors. I now have direct evidence that they can be especially hard for small church pastors.
4 Proven Strategies for the Care and Treatment of an Unhealthy Church
Unhealthy churches aren’t like healthy ones. Acting as though they are doesn’t help them, it hurts them.
A Pastoral Lament
In the wake of last week’s killings, do we rationalize or weep?
Wounded Leaders Wound Others
The negative effects of leading with unmet intimacy needs.
5 Dumb Things Christians Must Stop Saying When Evil Strikes
When people are in pain, we need to resist the urge to speak too much. Uncomfortable silence is better than false platitudes.
From the Small
In the body of Christ, the voices of the small and suffering need to be heard more clearly. By listening more intently.
The Gift of Disillusionment
Why being disappointed by your church may actually be a good thing.
3 Pastors at the End of Their Ropes
Are we brave enough to see our real selves in these fictional examples?
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
The Day I Hit the Wall
A simple question led to a life-defining collapse.

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Making Your Church Manlier Won’t Make It Bigger
Making Your Church Manlier Won’t Make It Bigger
History tells us that denominational growth has nothing to do with sex ratios in the pews.

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