Church Security: How Do We Keep Our Churches Safe in Today’s America?

As we remember that our hope is secure in God, we must also think through how to keep our people safe. The Nashville shooting is a painful reminder of that.

There Is One Thing Worse Than Being Lost

There is one thing that is actually worse: being lost and knowing that nobody is looking for you. Would this metaphor accurately describe the North American Church?

The Body of Christ and the Temptation of a Crowd

Since it’s now 2023, most of us think that we’re beyond the old understanding of the "church" being a building. We are now more spiritually sophisticated. Or are we?

The Impossibility of Being a Pastor

Every pastor who regularly preaches has wondered, “Did that message make a difference? Will anything happen?” We’re all together in this. But maybe our penchant for "excellence" is holding us back.

20 Truths From ‘Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth’

My friend John Jackson has a new book out. Titled "Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth," Here are 20 key takeaways.

The Danger of ‘Make-Believe’ Orthodoxy

True orthodoxy is found only in obedience. Period. It is not found, despite the insistence of some, primarily in portentous intellectual agreement to approved theological codes.

A Culture of Life Requires More Than Just Changed Laws

One of the greatest challenges confronting pastors is speaking against a culture that fails to see the irony of defending the marginalized by killing the unborn. 

How Are Church Finances Coming Out of COVID and Headed Into a Potential Recession?

To understand what churches can anticipate in 2023, let’s take a closer look at recent financial trends and current forces impacting churches. 

Gospel Renewal in an Age of Deconstruction

Deconstruction provides an excellent lens through which to identify error, deceit, and corruption. But on its own, it fails to provide a new way forward.

Stepping Away From Un-Christian Politics

Because politics are so heated, the season we are in presents Christians with a unique opportunity to live counter-culturally to the typical partisan spin and vitriol.

MLK Was Not Color-Blind, But Color-Courageous

The idea that Martin Luther King Jr. was color-blind is a myth. When we look at the vast scope of his work, instead of taking one quote out of context, we’ll see that King never said that the way to advance racial equality was to ignore our racial differences.

A Novel Approach to Tackling Common Temptations in the Western Church

ChurchLeaders had the opportunity to interview missiologist Jeff Christopherson, asking about his new book and how he hopes it will help pastors break away from the status quo of how church is done in the West.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Hope Moving Forward

The following is the fourth and final installment in a four-piece series containing excerpts from contributing chapter called “Impact of the Pandemic on Missions in North America.” In this final piece, I provide some concluding insights and a call for how to move forward from the pandemic.

The Prince of Preachers… and Church Planting

My friend, Rod Earls, has a new book: "Spurgeon’s Theology for Multiplying Disciples and Churches." I wrote the foreword and am sharing it here with you. 

Generational Shifts in Evangelism: Addressing Our Evangelistic Lull

The times have changed…yet evangelism still matters. 

9 Challenges To Church Planting

Like any movement, challenges exist that threaten the vitality and longevity of church planting. We must consider how to address them.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Church Response

In this piece, I discuss how the church in North America responded, for better or for worse, to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 Truths From ‘Preaching to a Divided Nation’

Pastors need advice and counsel on how to preach during these divided times. Here are 20 truths that will help you to do it well.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Events Arising During the Pandemic, Part 2

In addition to the direct results of the coronavirus and our precautions, several landmark events took place or were highlighted during COVID-19.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Impact of the Pandemic on Missions in North America

This is the first of a four-piece series about the impact of the pandemic on missions in North America. We begin with the immediate effects COVID-19.

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.