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5 Questions for Great Stage Communication

As a leader, you must have good communication, it may be to 30, 300, or 3,000, but there simply is no option. How effective you are is up to you.

How To Evaluate Your Pastor

An annual pastoral review is a helpful way to help pastors remain energized and effective in their ministries.

7 Practices To Help Keep Your Aging Church Young

All churches become chronologically older every year, but why does an aging church remain young, vital, and more spiritually fruitful than others?

A Gutsy Prayer for Men to Pray

They have a vibrant and consistent prayer life, even though you’ve never seen their private prayers. And you wish your relationship with God was more like theirs. That kind of prayer for men is available toi us all.

10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors

Many pastors and ministry leaders carry several of the same kinds of secrets.

4 Reasons Megachurch Pastors Are Susceptible to Falling

Let’s pray for our leaders. Leaders, the risk of isolation is vastly greater than the risk of isolation.

Can We Hope in the Face of Death?

We’ll turn ourselves inside out, we’ll do anything not to say that word. That one word. The “D” word: Death. Can we hope in the face of death?

Is Your Church Healthy?

Do you have a healthy church? Take this checkup to find out. I will never forget this crazy situation I experienced in middle school. I...

Uvalde, One Year Later

One year after the shooting, and the wounds in Uvalde are still bleeding, requiring a spiritual doctor. Jesus said he came to bind up the wounds and heal the brokenhearted, and then he commissioned believers to be his hands and feet. Who will claim the words of Jesus and be the doctor?

How to Lead When You’re a People Pleaser

What do you do when you realize you have to lead, you will not make everyone happy, you won’t get all YES votes, and yet you so desperately crave everyone to applaud your decisions? In other words, how do you lead as a people pleaser?

4 Daily Prayer Practices for Pastors and Church Leaders

You can learn a lot about people by the kinds of prayers they pray. We have a sample of a leader’s prayer practices in the book of Nehemiah.

The Lazy Pastor

At the outset of a difficult topic - pastoral laziness - I want to be clear that my purpose is to encourage both pastors...

5 Ways You and the People in Your Church Grow Strength Through Weakness

God gives us strength through weakness. He uses seasons of weakness to pry our hands off things that are not Him. Here are 5 ways we grow strength through weakness.

5 Spiritual Dangers of Skipping Church

Missing church is a bad idea. It is spiritually dangerous for those who profess Christ to regularly skip worship with their church families. Here's why.

Understanding the True Gospel

The true Gospel is a healing journey that leads us to a life-giving and abundant destination. It is a journey that we do not embark upon alone, but alongside others who share with us a common trust in Jesus.

Unplugging the Microwave Culture of Success

Our microwave culture — where we want, and basically get, everything right now — is quickly destroying our personal and collective ability to dedicate focus over time toward a goal, a success, or mastery of anything important.

Can Christians Drink Alcohol? 3 Reasons a Christian Can Drink

When it comes whether a Christian can drink alcohol, the Bible couldn’t be clearer or more direct.

8 Lies Churches Tell

Leaders sit around and figure which ones will work in their context and then crumple up the true stories so they can be tossed in the rubbish bin. These false narratives rewound the victims, corrupt the heart of the church, and turn church cultures into greater toxicity.

Does a Deep Message Impress Your Seminary but Confuse Your Church?

Nowhere more than when I am writing a message. As a communicator and preacher, there’s something in me (and I bet I’m not alone) that intuitively believes a message is only good if it’s deep, layered, and rich.

Why We Need to Start Preaching and Teaching the Basics of Christianity

The ramifications for preaching and teaching are enormous. False teaching and wrong believing create Christians who aren’t just weak, they’re actually damaging to the cause of Christ.

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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