Church Growth
Church Health And Growth: Are Pastors Responsible For Outcomes?
We are responsible for the tasks we have been given, but not for tasks we have not been given.

Who is responsible for the health and growth of a local church?

Is it all up to the pastoral leadership? As one former megachurch pastor used to say, “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”

Or is it all up to Jesus who said “I will build my church”? ...

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Innovative Ministry
What To Do When Your Ministry Passion Doesn’t Match Your Ministry Skill Set
You can apply the skills God gave you without denying the passion he planted in you.
What To Do When Your Ministry Passion Doesn’t Match Your Ministry Skill Set
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Some ministers seem to be ideally suited for what they do.

Their passion, their skill set, their spiritual gifting and their circumstances all seem to line up in one integral whole.

But what about the rest of us? What do you do when you feel divided? When your passion goes in ...

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Church Leadership
Between Doing And Delegating – The Essential Step To Overcome Pastoral Burnout
You can’t do everything yourself. And you can’t delegate tasks to people who haven’t been discipled. They have to be equipped first.
Between Doing And Delegating – The Essential Step To Overcome Pastoral Burnout
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When it comes to leading people, many pastors fall into one of two opposite traps.

Doing everything themselves, or delegating tasks to people who don’t do them well.

Many pastors swing wildly between the two.

Here’s why.

What Causes Pastoral Burnout?

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Church & Culture
Why Good Friday Is So Good – And How It Makes Easter Such Great News
Jesus took on death willingly, to defeat it permanently.
Why Good Friday Is So Good – And How It Makes Easter Such Great News
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Most of the world’s historic victories happened in one simple, yet brutal way – the winner was better at killing than the loser was.

Death wins. As long as it’s your death, not mine.

One of the many reasons I follow Jesus is that his victory on the cross was ...

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Church & Culture
Is Your Church Evangelizing Or Just Advertising? 4 Reasons It Matters
Evangelism isn’t about sales, it’s about relationship. It’s not about filling a building with people, it’s about filling people with Jesus.
Is Your Church Evangelizing Or Just Advertising? 4 Reasons It Matters
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There are two ways for a local church to reach more people.

Advertising or evangelism.

And they are not the same thing.

There’s nothing wrong with advertising, per se. Using social media, print ads, handouts or other means to let people know about your church or its events ...

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Church & Culture
14 Observations About The State Of Christian Denominations Today
Denominations that support and enhance the biblical mission of the local church will thrive. Those that don't will continue to decline.
14 Observations About The State Of Christian Denominations Today
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There are only two forms of the church that ultimately matter.

The universal church and the local church.

Everything else is an add-on. Including buildings, furniture, styles of music, types of preaching, curriculum, and the subject of today’s article, denominations.

I’m ...

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Church Growth
How To Avoid The Trap That "Just A Little More" Will Fix Your Church's Problems
If you want to be happy with where God takes you, be content with where God has placed you.
How To Avoid The Trap That "Just A Little More" Will Fix Your Church's Problems
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Almost every pastor wants their church to be bigger.

By at least 50 to 100 percent.

Got 50 people? 100 would be great.

100? Let’s shoot for 200.

There’s a lot about that drive that’s healthy. But there’s another side that’s unsettling, uncertain and ...

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