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Stop Worrying About Offending Senior Members of Your Church

Trust me – the senior members in your congregation or donor database were cool before you were born, so give them a break. Trust them.

Can We Truly Be Obedient?

If we were “miserable sinners” before turning to Jesus, why does Jesus expect his followers to become obedient to his will?

Why Church Staff Alignment Is Essential

Every ministry in your church will naturally drift toward misalignment. In other words, your staff and ministries will eventually pursue their own purposes—not the mission of the church. Let's talk staff alignment.

5 Reasons Men Don’t Pray at Home

Your first step in turning your home into a house of prayer is spontaneous prayers

10 Questions More Important Than ‘What Was Your Sunday Attendance?’

On any given Sunday, even the smallest, simplest church service juggles an amazing array of complex issues. From set-up to attendance to events. Set-up...

A New Convert’s Guide to Christianese

If you’re going to communicate with other Christians, you need to memorize our code words and their definitions. What exactly are these code words? I’m glad you asked. What follows is a guide to understanding Christianese. Think of this as the Rosetta of the Christian world.

Live As If Jesus Rules and Eternity Is Real

When Paul told the Colossian church to set their minds on things above and not on the things of this present world, he was basically saying this: Live as if Jesus rules and eternity is real. Here's what that looks like.

Who’s Leaving the Church? Working Women – Here’s How to Win Them Back

Thousands of working women are leaving their churches because they feel their church “just doesn’t get me.” And, as working women leave their churches, they’re taking their husbands, children, desire to serve and even their pocketbooks with them.

8 Ways to Reach Single Adults Through Your Church

Pam and I were older when we married, so we both spent many years as a single adult. Consequently, we’re sensitive to reaching single adults through our churches. Perhaps one of these suggestions will help you as you reach this group in your community.

The Measure of Our Success

I’ve personally wrestled with this; and I’ve watched thousands do the same; and it’s literally killing many of us! Thus, this “impassioned plea to pastors” is for all of us to radically alter the measures of our success.

To the Women Who Wish Their Husbands Were Spiritual Leaders

To the Women Who Wish Their Husbands Were Spiritual Leaders - You look at him and see apathy. Laziness. It makes you sad, but mostly it makes you angry. You can see so clearly what he needs to be doing. Why won’t he just do it?

Applying the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes, according to Matthew, mark the beginning of Jesus' public teaching ministry. They are the first things that Jesus emphasized as he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom.

7 Things to Avoid When Teaching Women’s Bible Study

The best part of teaching women’s bible study they have previously studied is that it holds the teacher accountable not to “wing it.”

8 Terrible Reasons People Leave Church

The recent climate has given way to a mass exodus from churches, mostly for terrible reasons people leave church.

7 Things All Growing Churches Have in Common

At the end of the day, the church is all about helping people meet Jesus. Growing churches make decisions based on who they are trying to reach, not who they are trying to keep.

9 Traits of Mean Churches

I am hearing more from long-term members who are quitting church life completely. After collecting information from various former church members about their "mean churches," I found that such churches had nine character traits in common.

The Top 5 Lies Christians Believe

There are hundreds of lies Christians believe, either collectively or individually. I chose these five lies Christians believe because I have personally seen them infiltrate the church, the lives of my friends and family and my own life.

5 Things That May Be Hindering Your Prayers

We’ve all been there. We pray. We wait. We wait. And then we wonder: “What did I do wrong?” Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end.  It might just not be God’s timing or God’s will… But sometimes it is.

Let’s Make Evangelism Great Again

Today, Derwin Gray calls upon the name of Jesus because the "Naked Preacher," a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, made evangelism great again. Here are five ways we can also.

How to Honor Disrespectful People

None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean we are to withhold honor from people who are dishonorable.

Jessie Cruickshank: What the Western World Is Missing About Discipleship

Jessie Cruickshank joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share how brain science supports what the Bible reveals about how people are truly transformed—and what is lacking in the approach many church leaders take toward discipleship.

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