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Feb 17, 2018
small town, rural church, fish bowl

Rural Fish Bowl

Pastor Dad needs to be just Dad.

Growing up in a rural town, I came to understand the lack of privacy just by picking up the local newspaper. Our local gossip column was called “Out and About.” It kept everyone in the loop of how many ladies made it to bridge club that week and that Ida Hayes was ...

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Feb 16, 2018
onward, orchard, graduate, evangelism, leadership

Church-Based Academic Partnerships—How the Church and the Academy Can Better Connect to Raise Up and Train

Students receive practical ministry training, in context, when church and academia partner.
Church-Based Academic Partnerships—How the Church and the Academy Can Better Connect to Raise Up and Train

Ed Stetzer: Why bring the church and the academy together? Why is that important?

Colin Smith: Study matters, but so does hands-on experience. So bringing what can best be learned in the classroom together with what can best be learned in the church offers the best way to equip ...

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Feb 13, 2018
leadership, wisdom, ethics

The Wise Leader: Navigating Ethical Storms

Former U.S. Attorney contributes to an ongoing series.

As a young man, I had modest dreams. I wanted to go to law school and then practice law in a medium to large law firm in my beautiful home state of New Mexico. I had no inkling of what was to come. I had no political aspirations and had never considered military service. Rather, ...

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Feb 6, 2018
leadership, effectiveness, discipline

The Effective Leader: Five Essential Habits

Founder of The 4Sight Group is the latest in an ongoing series.

Have you ever been a part of a winning team? Maybe it was a sports team in high school. Maybe it was a work team that launched a new product. Perhaps it was a ministry that organized an effective outreach program.

The joy of accomplishing great and meaningful work is a tremendous ...

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Feb 1, 2018
leadership, holy spirit

The Spirit-Led Leader

Part four of a new series

Early in my ministry, I was discipling a new Christian who had come out of a fairly rough background. He had a dramatic conversion to Christ and was growing well and addressing a lot of the issues he had in his life.

One day, he came to me and said, “Bob, I need to sell ...

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Jan 29, 2018
immigration, DACA, DREAMers, hospitality, family

“Family Win” and How Our Churches Care for Each Other and the World

If the whole family doesn’t win, no one wins.

A church with ten locations is a lot like a family with ten kids. There is the opportunity for great joy and also the possibility of tremendous chaos. At Community Christian Church, we have both! In an effort to make sure our family of church locations were all working together ...

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Jan 25, 2018
leadership, multiplication

The Multiplying Leader

Founder of The Unstuck Group is the third entry in a new series.

I’ve always believed healthy leadership in the church is less about the leader and more about those being led. The real leadership development ‘win’ happens when all of God’s people are fully equipped to do his work. That means we should be intentional ...

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Jan 22, 2018

List of Pastors' Retreats and Getaways

Here are some free or discounted retreat opportunities for pastors.
List of Pastors' Retreats and Getaways

AnchorLight Bed and Breakfast
Crane Hill, AL

Camp Victory
Samson, AL


Oasis Renew
Sonoita, AZ

Shepherd's Canyon Retreat
Phoenix, AZ


Family Life
Little Rock, AR

The Broom Tree Refuge
Mountain View, AR


Jenness Park Christian Camp Cold Springs, ...

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Jan 22, 2018
intention, action, evangelism, hospitality

Don't Just Stand There, Say Something: Intention vs. Action in Evangelism

Simply praying for the lost is not enough.

The church in the West lives in exciting and challenging times. People are truly considering what it looks like to be a missionary in their cultural context now more than in the past 100 years. This has been a great thing for the church, and a large part of this new movement ...

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Jan 19, 2018
humility, leadership

The Humble Leader

Lifeway Senior Vice President contributes to a new series

Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound.

The messiness of life gets ...

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Jan 10, 2018
vision, leadership

Visionary Leadership

President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference contributes to a new series

Leadership is perhaps the most commonly written about subject on planet earth, and yet it is likely the least understood and most difficult skill to master. What’s more, the vast majority of leadership literature is framed in purely secular terms, which not only starves ...

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Dec 29, 2017
conflict, conflict resolution, leadership

Pushing into Places of Conflict for the Good of the Kingdom

Leadership requires a commitment to solving conflict.

There is a big difference between talking with someone and talking about someone. Yet Christian organizations, churches, and families are full of people talking behind each other’s backs. When conflicts arise—and they will—as leaders we frequently skirt around ...

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Dec 21, 2017
leadership, evangelism

Live First, Lead Second

Pastors have a significant impact on the evangelistic temperature of their church.

This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.

You can’t lead what you don’t live.

As pastors and leaders, a good part of what we teach others should come straight from Scripture. We look to biblical models and mandates to be the launching point to teach those ...

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Dec 19, 2017
leadership, multicultural, multiethnic, diversity

Why and How Multicultural Leadership Strengthens You, Your Team, and the Faith

If you’ve got the right people on your team, anything is possible.
Why and How Multicultural Leadership Strengthens You, Your Team, and the Faith

It was just one year ago when I came on as executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. In that time, we’ve hired six new staff here. Three are from different racial and ethnic backgrounds than I am and an additional two are women.

And diversity is ...

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Dec 14, 2017
RC Sproul, Ligonier, reformed theology

A Letter to the Church from R.C. Sproul (1939-2017), His Theology, and His Work in the Gospel

A faithful servant has entered into the joy of his master.

“We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because he holds tightly to us.” – R. C. Sproul (1939–2017)

Today, a legendary theologian passed into the hands of our heavenly Father. Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon. ...

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