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Scripture Passage Doesn't Ban Women Preaching
Scripture Passage Doesn't Ban Women Preaching

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
A passage in 1 Corinthians is often used to justify a ban on women's ordination or on women preaching today, but it's flawed reasoning. No such ban exists in Scripture.

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What Your Church Can Learn from Early Railroads
What Your Church Can Learn from Early Railroads

By: Ircel Harrison
If early railroad owners could have seen past their business model, telegraph companies wouldn't have undercut them. Similarly, today's churches often miss their mission by limiting themselves to the familiar.

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How Women in Ministry Can Close the Confidence Gap
How Women in Ministry Can Close the Confidence Gap

By: Eileen R. Campbell-Reed
The "confidence gap" is one factor that contributes to the shortfall of women serving as leaders in theological schools and churches, but it's a factor women can change, a seminary president said.

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Deborah Exemplifies Foolishness of Complementarianism
Deborah Exemplifies Foolishness of Complementarianism

By: Molly T. Marshall
While complementarian theology maintains that women and men are essentially different, Deborah's story in Scripture doesn't fit this mold. Rather, she upends it with her leadership of God's people.

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Ministers Have Few Resources to Help with Ethical Issues
Ministers Have Few Resources to Help with Ethical Issues

By: Robert Creech and Joe Trull
With few resources available on ministerial ethics, ministers must still be ready to grapple with intricate moral problems and community conflicts as well as ethical dilemmas in their own churches and personal lives.

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Why Your Church May Be Measuring the Wrong Info
Why Your Church May Be Measuring the Wrong Info

By: Mark Tidsworth
The common mistake of organizations, including churches and denominations, is spending most of their time trying to influence measurements they have little or no control over. It's time to take the lead.

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5 Areas That Can Strain Your Pastor's Mental Health
5 Areas That Can Strain Your Pastor's Mental Health

By: Barry Howard
While many hard-working pastors maintain good physical and spiritual habits, they can still neglect their mental health. Here are some practices that can help ministers strengthen their mental health.

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When Your Church's Focus is Out of Alignment
When Your Church's Focus is Out of Alignment

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches must constantly evaluate the balance between their internal and external focus. When a church spends its time primarily tending to its own needs, a fundamental problem of alignment exists.

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Vaclav Havel - The Moral Nature of Political Leadership
Vaclav Havel - The Moral Nature of Political Leadership

By: Gordon King
Vaclav Havel, former president of Czechoslovakia, emphasized the moral nature of genuine political leadership. As president, he believed he should stress the significance of moral values in all spheres of life.

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What's Your Legacy? Great Achievements or Fruitfulness
What's Your Legacy? Great Achievements or Fruitfulness

By: Ron Rolheiser
We all want to achieve great things in our lives. It gives us a good feeling and makes our families proud of us. Great achievements, however, don't necessarily make for great fruitfulness.

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3 Questions to Help You Grow Mentoring Relationships
3 Questions to Help You Grow Mentoring Relationships

By: Eileen Campbell-Reed
It is something most ministers want. And it can feel impossible to find. Yet seeking pastoral wisdom is vital for the work of the church and for leading people of faith. A mentor can help with your journey.

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Why Your Church May Be Inviting the Wrong People
Why Your Church May Be Inviting the Wrong People

By: Blake Hart
Church growth experts pen article after article about how to attract millennials to church, perhaps because these up-and-coming professionals have the means to pay the bills. But guess who Jesus says to invite?

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4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam
4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam

By: Ircel Harrison
Denominations have spent significant energy in differentiating between clergy and laity. However, as resources and membership decline, an emerging model of ministry will challenge our ideas about ministerial vocation.

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Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry
Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Much of what churches do today often receives little notice because they've offered the same programs at the same times in the same ways as other churches. To help your church stand out, you need a purple cow.

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5 Steps to Transform Your Church into Disciple Developers
5 Steps to Transform Your Church into Disciple Developers

By: Mark Tidsworth
A central purpose of Christian churches is to develop people into disciple of Jesus, but our programs and events often aren't effective at achieving this goal. Here is a 5-step process to transform your church.

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Your Church's Future Relies on Imagination, Not Memories
Your Church's Future Relies on Imagination, Not Memories

By: Bill Wilson
It's important to appreciate your church's traditions, but if your church is going to have a future, members must be willing to engage their imaginations and push past the limitations of their memories.

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When People Talk, It Can Make or Break Your Church
When People Talk, It Can Make or Break Your Church

By: Bill Owen
Conversations can be powerful. They can make or break churches. Pastors should never underestimate the power of conversation, whether in the hallways, around the table or from the pulpit. It all matters.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Manage Irreconcilable Conflicts
4 Ways Your Church Can Manage Irreconcilable Conflicts

By: Joe LaGuardia
What happens when people in churches have irreconcilable differences that discernment cannot overcome? Scripture reveals 4 ways that such conflicts can lead to new seasons of ministry.

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When Faith Leaders Must Make a Crucial 'Pivot'
When Faith Leaders Must Make a Crucial 'Pivot'

By: Colin Harris
We know about the political pivot, when elected leaders transition a central campaign issue to the periphery as they begin to govern. Faith leaders must pivot too from their base of support to being a servant for all.

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4 Traps for Ministers and Their New Congregations
4 Traps for Ministers and Their New Congregations

By: Bill Wilson
The time when a new minister starts his or her ministry at a church may seem idyllic, but traps abound. Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to these potential trouble spots to avoid being snared.

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Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words
Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words

By: Leanna K. Fuller
Churches can disagree on many things, but most of us agree that racism is fundamentally wrong. Saying nothing is both a mark of privilege and a sign of complicity. This is a time for moral courage.

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Why the World Needs More Thoughtful Christians
Why the World Needs More Thoughtful Christians

By: Nathan Napier
Jesus' message may be simple, but Christians shouldn't be simple thinkers. We need more thoughtful Christians who can balance faith and reason outside the echo chambers of their churches or traditions.

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Why's Your Church Program Breaking Down? Science!
Why's Your Church Program Breaking Down? Science!

By: Joel Snider
Like an aging house in need of repair, even the best church programs break down and need retooling to restore their effectiveness. Why? Your high school physics class has the answer.

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Why That Sure-Fire Church Program Misses Your Target
Why That Sure-Fire Church Program Misses Your Target

By: Charles Revis
Your church needs a boost. That sure-fire program the successful megachurch is selling seems like just what you need. Here's why it's not going to work for you.

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Why Did Church Stop Being a Place to be Vulnerable?
Why Did Church Stop Being a Place to be Vulnerable?

By: Brent McDougal
God created the church so that we would bear one another's burdens and be vulnerable ourselves, but that's not how most churches work. Church is often the last place that someone can admit they need help.

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Why Some Church Members Need to Go to Arabia
Why Some Church Members Need to Go to Arabia

By: Bill Wilson
Much of what we call faith and commitment is actually a thin veneer of religious ritualism that wilts at the first hint of stress. A cure exists for this self-absorbed faith: You need to go to Arabia.

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4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time
4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time

By: Guy Sayles
Ministry happens in the meantime, the season of troubling transitions, and the mean time, when public debate has coarsened. Here are 4 ways you can navigate these difficult intervals.

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Finding Strength in Your Vulnerability
Finding Strength in Your Vulnerability

By: Brent McDougal
We live in a vulnerable world. Many people fear feeling unprotected and emotionally exposed. It's tempting to put up walls and hide behind them. Those walls ultimately destroy the very thing we want to protect.

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When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian
When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian

By: Bill Wilson
Dwindling attendance. Lower offerings. When the bottom line starts to slide, too many churches resort to a practice rooted in the Old Testament. It's called scapegoating.

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6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability
6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability

By: Mark Tidsworth
Given our larger cultural context of incivility and low regard for leadership in general, it's not surprising that pastors are more vulnerable than ever before. Here are 6 ways to reduce it.

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Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity
Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity

By: Barry Howard
Churches are more diverse than ever in many different ways. Whether or not that diversity has a positive or negative effect hinges on how ministers and ministry leaders navigate it.

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Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers
Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers

By: Jay Lynn
Bivocational ministry is often seen as an ideal solution for struggling churches, but there's another side to this coin. While it may free churches from financial burdens, it presents emotional challenges for ministers.

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7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change
7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
When leaders are ready to lead their congregations to make deep changes, they often underestimate the work that's involved. Leaders often launch change too soon. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid.

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4 Easy Ways to Support Your Church Staff
4 Easy Ways to Support Your Church Staff

By: Joe LaGuardia
When churches aren't adept in conflict management or basic communication skills, they risk abusing staff or draining them to the point of burnout. Here are 4 ways healthy churches support their staff.

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4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches
4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Pre-Easter churches are marked by discouragement, loss and despair while post-Easter churches are marked by confidence and hope. Is your church living on the right side of Easter?

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7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission
7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission

By: Bill Wilson
While building a congregation's life around a clear vision and purpose is easy to believe in, problems emerge when we talk about how to do it. Here are 7 habits of churches that are on mission.

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Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry
Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry

By: Sharon Prior
Many congregations expect their ministry staff to do almost everything, but hopefully those days are coming to an end. Ministers must develop a culture that helps members align their gifts with roles in the church.

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How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust
How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.

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3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle
3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.

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Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward
Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The average age of U.S. pastors is trending upward, moving from 44 years old in 1992 to 54 in 2017, says a new study released by Barna Group and Pepperdine University.

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While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing
While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing

By: Reggie Warren
Comparing crowd sizes became a surprising focal point following President Trump's inauguration. But what do they mean? Christians in the 21st century should know that the size of crowds mean little.

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Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets
Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets

By: Guy Sayles
While the priest's work is primarily within the church and the prophet's focus is most often beyond it, we're living in times when these distinctions are breaking down.

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Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church
Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church

By: Dennis Bickers
When churches face change, a leader can't make the mistake of a lack of communication. During change, communication is crucial. Most people in church will do the right thing when they have the right information.

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Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?
Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?

By: Bill Wilson
Going through airport security can leave people discombobulated. Similarly, many congregations are discombobulated by the challenges of being a 21st century church. We need a recombobulation area.

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Is Your Church Asking the Right Questions?
Is Your Church Asking the Right Questions?

By: Ircel Harrison
Many church leaders often review the health of their church with questions that are internally focused. While that's important, you can't stop there. You need to ask externally focused questions. Are you?

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Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday
Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday

By: Jerrod Hugenot
With a low church attendance expected when this Christmas Day arrives on a Sunday, what can smaller churches do? One solution could be this different way to try out a Christmas Day hymn sing.

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Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites
Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites

By: Dennis Bickers
With the viral popularity of fake news sites, people are inundated everyday with false, misleading and negative information. When they come to church, they need to hear a message filled with truth and hope.

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Faith-Based Hospital Sends Message of Gratitude to
Faith-Based Hospital Sends Message of Gratitude to "the Least" in Local Community

By: Don Sewell
For the fourth year in a row, 70 Baylor Scott & White Health employees handed out more than 500 Thanksgiving sack lunches to the marginalized.

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6 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Sea Glass
6 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Sea Glass

By: Bill Wilson
Pounded by the waves and roiled in the sand and stones, ordinary glass bottles and containers wash up on beaches, transformed into pieces of art. And they offer six illustrations for what it means to be the church.

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How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry
How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Many pastors must report on the number of visits they make and committee meetings they attend. But to stay grounded, pastors must focus on the invisibles: prayer, Scripture reading and spiritual direction.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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Christian Reaction to Election: Don't Lose Focus
Christian Reaction to Election: Don't Lose Focus

By: Larry Eubanks
A lot of U.S. Christians are concerned about who won the election - some are jubilant, others despairing. If you're enveloped by either, you've placed your hope in the wrong place and the wrong person.

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Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?
Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?

By: Bill Wilson
Where are our next pastoral leaders going to come from? They'll come from your church, but only if your church takes seriously their role in creating a healthy culture of call.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro
Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro

By: Jim Kelsey
Overcome by other tasks, some pastors lose that gripping purpose that once consumed their imagination and called forth the best they had to give. They need someone who can help them claim their original calling.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2

By: Mark Tidsworth
Every church is engaging in the adaptive process, given the large-scale changes happening all around us. Some are intentional, some haphazard. Here are 7 types of churches positioned for adaptive change.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1

By: Mark Tidsworth
While some churches want to cling onto their cherished practices or the way they've always done things, healthy churches learn to adapt. Here are 9 indicators your church faces roadblocks to change.

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Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation
Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation

By: Bill Wilson
Most churches are unable to offer a clear purpose that's shared and embraced with passion by many of their people. That's why pushing people to purpose is a necessary and invaluable process for leaders.

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5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor
5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor

By: Matt Sapp
Pastors have many lessons they've learned over the course of their ministry. One local pastor shares five of them. The first one? Slow and steady wins the race. Church work is no sprint.

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7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches
7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?

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Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?
Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.

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Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?
Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.

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4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School
4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School

By: Tony Brooks
If you lead a Sunday school class, your role is to discuss issues based on Scripture. As the political season heats up, discussion will turn toward politics. Here are 4 rules to manage those conversations.

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Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future
Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future

By: Ircel Harrison
Churches planning for the future need to set goals to map out how they'll reach their destination. There will always be those who resist goals. Here are ways to answer those objections.

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Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views
Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.

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Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts
Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts

By: Joel Snider
Our lives are consumed by the 'tyranny of the urgent,' those things that get in our way and demand attention. Instead, as the 17-year locust reminds us, the long view of life is the healthiest and most effective.

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Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?
Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?

By: Mark Tidsworth
When it comes to church, there are driving questions behind and underneath everything we do. Of these two question sets - one foundational, the other organizational - which one drives your church?

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When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course
When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course

By: Bill Wilson
Christians often talk about how God is always good yet live anxious and obsessed lives. That gap between rhetoric and actions is at the heart of the dysfunction of many local churches and individual Christians.

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12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches
12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches

By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to be revitalized? It is a process of restoring a healthy vision, good congregational morale and a sustainable model for engaging in mission and ministry. Here are 12 healthy trends.

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Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'
Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'

By: David Hull
Personal fitness trackers are in demand and are a great way to measure our fitness goals to reach 10,000 daily steps. What if you could wear a spiritual fitness tracker? What would it measure?

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Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips
Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How does a pastor 'stay fresh' after a 40-year ministry with the same church? Bill Brown, senior pastor of Syndal Baptist Church in Australia, shared his insights in a video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Baptists from 50 nations gathered in Canada last week for the Baptists World Alliance annual gathering, EthicsDaily.com shot video interviews with Baptist leaders from around the globe.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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'A Beautiful Constraint'
'A Beautiful Constraint'

By: Guy Sayles
Constraints can be 'beautiful' opportunities. When determination and commitment clash with limits and constraint, that energy can help us consider changes we've previously been unwilling to make.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership
Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring
10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring

By: Chris Smith
Pastoring can be daunting, painful, disappointing and down-right depressing. It can also offer times of great fulfillment, joy, peace and gladness. Here are 10 lessons I've learned on the journey.

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10 Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pastor
10 Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pastor

By: Barry Howard
Confession is good for the soul, they say. So here are 10 confessions from one pastor about what he believes about church and ministry after 37 years of service.

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What's Your Church's Blind Spot?
What's Your Church's Blind Spot?

By: Bill Wilson
We all have blind spots, but so do our churches. Churches ignore their blind spots at their own peril; they are an early warning system for more complicated issues ahead.

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Your Pastor as the Church's Chief Celebration Officer
Your Pastor as the Church's Chief Celebration Officer

By: Mark Tidsworth
Does your church celebrate the good things? An important element of pastoral leadership is to ask: How are we doing with celebrating God's good work in and through our congregations?

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When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test
When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test

By: Bill Wilson
A calamity arises in every church. Many react by proclaiming it's the worst thing to ever happen. Instead of bemoaning the church's imminent doom, those church folks need to take the 20-Year Test.

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Pastor as CEO? All the Perks; Zero Accountability
Pastor as CEO? All the Perks; Zero Accountability

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many in the pastoral profession desire all the perks of being a CEO in a local church but refuse to be held accountable to the same standards as CEOs in the business world.

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The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches
The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Finding qualified persons for smaller churches is often a struggle. Unfortunately, many pastors refuse to serve smaller churches. For many of these churches, the answer may be sitting in their pews.

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Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?
Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?

By: Jim Kelsey
People with no interest in religious faith aren't bad or rejecters of God. They simply do not fully appreciate what lies dormant within them. We can wake up their hearts.

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An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting
An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting

By: Stuart Blythe
Think of models of leadership in the Bible and several names come to mind: Abraham, Joseph, David. Another individual in the Bible is a model leader, even though he's not foremost on many lists.

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8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change
8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
Pastoral leaders are at their most vulnerable when attempting to lead major changes in their churches. Here are eight common pitfalls made by many ministers when initiating changes.

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Effective Pastoral Leadership Isn't What It Used To Be
Effective Pastoral Leadership Isn't What It Used To Be

By: Mark Tidsworth
How can pastors know if they're effective leaders? The answer may depend on the culture of their churches. Are they stable and content or adaptable and fluid? One needs a statesman, the other a movement leader.

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Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians
Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians

By: Sean McKenzie
Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush
Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush

By: Dennis Bickers
Regardless of your feelings for President George W. Bush, his book, "Decision Points," highlights his thinking of some of the decisions in office. It's a good lesson for pastors who have to make tough decisions.

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4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit
4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit

By: Barry Howard
The pulpit is a place to accent the privilege and responsibility of choosing our leaders, not a place to dictate the decision. Here are four steps for pastors who want to encourage good citizenship from the pulpit.

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Does Your Church Care About Those Who Wander?
Does Your Church Care About Those Who Wander?

By: Bill Wilson
Rather than spending time judging others so that we feel better about ourselves, churches are called to go out and find those who have wandered from God's dream for their lives and bring them back.

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Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?
Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?

By: Robert Parham
Incivility and profanity are running rampant in the GOP primary season, with Donald Trump leading the pack. The same woes are surfacing on the Democratic side. Can churches help restore civility?

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The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls
The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls

By: Danny Chisholm
Ministers create inherent dangers when they endorse presidential candidates. It sets ministers up for disappointment, confuses and alienates laity and exaggerates pastors' influence.

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Every Church Must Adapt to Process of Change
Every Church Must Adapt to Process of Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
Recognize it or not, like it or not, all congregations are currently in the change process. The question then is about adaptation: How effectively will you navigate these white waters of change?

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7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health
7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health

By: Larry McSwain
How healthy is your church? That will vary based on several factors, including socioeconomic status and location. But here are seven core markers to see how your church fares during its checkup.

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10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably
10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably

By: Bill Wilson
Many clergy aren't prepared to navigate conflict and intense conversations. If that includes you, here are 10 insights to help you work through that next difficult round of criticism.

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10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President
10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President

By: Terry Austin
What personal traits and skills are important for the next president of the United States? No matter what their political party, we need someone with the qualities to identify the best approach to the issues.

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11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today
11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today

By: Renée Embree
To be effective in today's culture, the church desperately needs leaders with deep character and faithful competence to help the church go from where it is today to where it needs to be for tomorrow.

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Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?
Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no sense of a clear vision for ministry. And those that do typically have a vision that's so fuzzy or generic that it's unhelpful. Start the new year right with a clear vision.

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3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches
3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches

By: Mark Tidsworth
Trust is a two-way street. While much attention has focused on building the congregation's trust in the pastor, there's been less focus on building the pastor's trust in the church.

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When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate
When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate

By: Ron Rolheiser
Having the truth is one thing, speaking it in a place and a manner that's helpful is quite another. Simply put, it isn't always helpful or charitable or mature to throw a truth into someone's face.

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What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change
What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
When a church needs to change, it requires careful preparation and persuasion. The wise leader needs to recognize that change in church life needs time and patience.

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5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors
5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors

By: Mark Tidsworth
Exceptional pastoral leaders are not few and far between. Everyone can be or become an effective pastoral leader. Here are five characteristics of invigorated and engaged clergy.

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The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness
The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many clergy experience periods of learned helplessness, entrenched in their belief that nothing will change. How do you make sure it's only one stop on your vocational journey?

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How Ministers Can Beat Feelings of Exhaustion
How Ministers Can Beat Feelings of Exhaustion

By: Bill Wilson
Ministry leaders are marked by fatigue and weariness. Their work is both deeply rewarding and immensely frustrating. When you feel exhausted or isolated, find those folks who will lift you up.

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How Churches Can Measure Their Significance
How Churches Can Measure Their Significance

By: Griff Martin
Many churches are facing serious struggles or are in decline. Instead of measuring success by numbers, money, fame or power, churches must begin to measure their significance. Here's how.

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Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process
Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process

By: Guy Sayles
Our political process offers many valuable - albeit negative - lessons for church leaders. However, politics does teach us the importance of fashioning networks and coalitions, all for the common good.

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6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul
6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul

By: Dennis Bickers
Increasingly, many people leave the ministry before retirement. The average seminary grad exits within five years of graduating. These six practices will help you remain in ministry.

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The Most Important Staffing Position in Your Church
The Most Important Staffing Position in Your Church

By: Bill Wilson
Churches have succeeded by offering programs to attract folks to them, but those days are dying. Churches need someone to help them go to their communities.

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 3 Hard Realities about Your Church's Future
3 Hard Realities about Your Church's Future

By: Mark Tidsworth
When churches struggle to survive, its members want to save it. Such motives are natural and healthy. But we must face the reality that God's mission focuses on the world, not any individual church.

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Growing Potatoes on Mars: 12 Lessons for Your Church
Growing Potatoes on Mars: 12 Lessons for Your Church

By: Barry Howard
In the novel-turned-movie "The Martian," an astronaut stranded on Mars must learn to grow potatoes for his survival. His task illustrates 12 lessons for the church and its survival.

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6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People
6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People

By: Ircel Harrison
Church programs come and go. Buildings often become a burden rather than a resource. Strategies rise and fall. But churches wanting the best return on investment should focus on people. People will endure.

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The Reason Your Church Struggles with Growth
The Reason Your Church Struggles with Growth

By: Darren Blaney
Why do so many churches not grow? Most would rather keep the peace and let malcontents rule the day. Healthy churches and leaders know how to manage conflict.

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3 Things that Pope Francis Taught Us about Jesus
3 Things that Pope Francis Taught Us about Jesus

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
During his visit to the U.S., Pope Francis proved once again he was a refreshing man of the people. He modeled how Jesus loves unconditionally, isn't afraid to do the work and calls us to elevate the unseen.

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The Secret to Pull Your Small Church Out of Mediocrity
The Secret to Pull Your Small Church Out of Mediocrity

By: Dennis Bickers
Smaller churches offer all kinds of excuses why some programs or ministries are not effective; the bottom line is they just do not have the resources to do more than a few things.

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Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs
Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs

By: Zach Dawes
To ensure a vibrant Christian witness, academic theologians and congregational ministers must continually work together to bridge the gap between doctrine and daily life.

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How Your Church Resembles New-Car Technology
How Your Church Resembles New-Car Technology

By: Matt Sapp
People love technology that makes a car safer, more reliable or more comfortable. But if new technology isn't directly applied to the car's core purpose, most folks can take it or leave it. It's the same with the church.

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8 Questions for Churches Stuck in 'Post-Everything' Mode
8 Questions for Churches Stuck in 'Post-Everything' Mode

By: Mark Tidsworth
We seem to live in a "post-this," "post-that" and "post-everything" culture. Instead of lamenting the demise of church-as-we-have-known-it, can churches learn how to connect with culture?

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Why God Wants Your Church to Grow
Why God Wants Your Church to Grow

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
While it's true that church isn't all about the numbers, there's nothing wrong in reflecting on how we can be more effective in growing churches. God wants churches to grow.

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3 Questions About What Matters at Your Church
3 Questions About What Matters at Your Church

By: John Rackley
Does your church live out God's mission for it or does your church exist to find new members to keep it going? Here are three questions to help you determine if your vision is out of focus.

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5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Now
5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Now

By: Bill Owen
Being an effective pastor is not easy. Even outstanding pastors face days where self-doubt, fear and uncertainty nip at their heels. When those days come, here are five things you need to stop doing.

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5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision
5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision

By: Matt Sapp
Churches have been reluctant to embrace new vision at the speed necessary to keep up with the shifting culture - and we're seeing rapid church decline as the inevitable result.

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How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change
How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change

By: Dennis Bickers
Most church members are very content with the status quo and resistant to change. If you want change in your church, you need to identify the ones that want change and groom them for leadership.

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Helping Church Leaders Recover from Leadership Scars
Helping Church Leaders Recover from Leadership Scars

By: Guy Sayles
Many church leaders, both clergy and laity, have leadership scars, difficult reminders of wounds they received when they attempted to offer their leadership gifts. We need to help them heal.

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Is Your Church Fragile or Agile?
Is Your Church Fragile or Agile?

By: Bill Wilson
Developing a church vision statement shouldn't be a cumbersome task. A lean final document can emphasize future direction and leave much of the implementation for future teams to decide.

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Horizontal and Vertical Churches: Where's the Balance?
Horizontal and Vertical Churches: Where's the Balance?

By: Roger Olson
Some churches relate to God horizontally through fellowship and healthy relationships; other relate to God vertically through worship and spiritual practices. They key is to find the balance.

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Churches Need Realistic Expectations for Pastor
Churches Need Realistic Expectations for Pastor

By: Joe LaGuardia
Full-time pastoral ministry is one of the last professions in which a person has to be competent in multiple skill sets while being paid a salary well below that of other professions.

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The 3 Balancing Acts of Leadership
The 3 Balancing Acts of Leadership

By: Kevin Hagan
If you want to be a leader who fulfills your promises and accomplishes tasks in line with the mission of your organization, then you must start with clarity. Here are three balancing acts every leader faces.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Enlarge Its 'Bandwidth'
4 Ways Your Church Can Enlarge Its 'Bandwidth'

By: Larry McSwain
What's your church's bandwidth? We're not talking about your computers or anything technical. Every congregation has a certain amount of bandwidth in fulfilling its dreams for the future.

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3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli
3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli

By: Terrell Carter
Church leaders face an increasing maze of challenges in a society growing more secular. While he had his flaws, Machiavelli has three pieces of advice that are relevant for local church leaders.

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Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches
Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches

By: Guy Sayles
Legendary UNC Coach Dean Smith had a three-prong philosophy for his teams: play hard, play smart, play together. And that's not a bad philosophy for churches, too.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family
4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family

By: Joel Snider
Those attributes that make healthy family relationships also create healthy church relationships. Here are four ways your church can model healthy family dynamics in the congregation.

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Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor
Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor

By: Dennis Bickers
Some congregations spend too much time looking for persons with degrees and formal education. The next pastor or staff member of your small church may be already sitting in your pews.

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Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity
Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity

By: Joe LaGuardia
Common Core provides national benchmarks for students. With so many churchgoers lacking basic bible knowledge, many churches must take a Common Core approach from the pulpit.

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Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership
Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership

By: Rhonda Abbott Blevins
Asset-based pastoral leadership begins with developing a simple habit: With each parishioner, find out something he or she could teach and something he or she wants to learn.

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No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together
No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together

By: David Fitch
Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.

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Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?
Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?

By: Bill Wilson
Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.

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2 Important Skills for Church Leaders
2 Important Skills for Church Leaders

By: Guy Sayles
Effective leaders need two important skills when leading a church. They need to be able to motivate members to take a hill and they need to be able to discern which hills to take.

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Why Pastors Must Accept and Live Within Their Limits
Why Pastors Must Accept and Live Within Their Limits

By: Danny Chisholm
Speed limit signs remind us of our limitations. One of the most difficult aspects of being a church minister is realizing that you have limits and must live within them.

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3 Steps That Flourishing Churches Will Take
3 Steps That Flourishing Churches Will Take

By: Mark Tidsworth
The North American Christian church is losing its cultural majority status and privilege, along with its influence in the public square. The churches that flourish will practice these three things.

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Does Your Church Function as a Green-Light Church?
Does Your Church Function as a Green-Light Church?

By: Bill Wilson
Churches used to be a source of entrepreneurship, but many have abandoned that spirit and are in survival mode. Instead of being a green-light church where ideas are born, they're stuck in yellow and red.

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Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders
Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.

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Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?
Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?

By: Bill Owen
You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.

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Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?
Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?

By: David Hull
Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?

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The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets
The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets

By: Dennis Bickers
Church leaders sometimes keep secrets from congregations, often thinking they are protecting the church. When those secrets are exposed, trust is broken. Here's how to rebuild that trust.

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How to Lose the Next Generation of Church Leaders
How to Lose the Next Generation of Church Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
If your congregation wants to enlist and nurture a new generation of church leaders, it won't happen by putting them on committees, especially if most of those assignments don't provide any sense of fulfillment.

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Why Some Successful Pastors See Themselves Negatively
Why Some Successful Pastors See Themselves Negatively

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some pastors tend to discount their competence and success. When pastors believe God has given them what they need in order to serve well, they lead more effectively.

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6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency
6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.

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When a Church is Not Really a Church
When a Church is Not Really a Church
By: Larry Eubanks
The church needs to gather together, but they should be so much more than just people who gather for worship and prayer. The church is a group of people with a common mission out in the world.
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Despite What Churches Think, Bigger Isn't Better
Despite What Churches Think, Bigger Isn't Better

By: Colin Sedgwick
Too many pastors and church members believe that size is the supreme mark of "success" in church life. What if we made our true priority being the most loving, Spirit-filled or prayerful?

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How Your Church Can Help Our Society Trust Again
How Your Church Can Help Our Society Trust Again
By: Joe LaGuardia and Karen Woods
Clashes between protesters and police officers illustrate the growing distrust that rules our society. When distrust breeds disharmony and violence, how can churches step in to provide reconciliation?
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The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches
The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.

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Measured Thought vs. Shooting from the Hip
Measured Thought vs. Shooting from the Hip
By: Colin Harris
Any faith can be guilty of horrendous atrocities; no faith can be rightly evaluated in terms of what extremists do in its name. When someone in authority gives this measured response, it's labeled as indecisive.
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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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The Two Most Dangerous Words Spoken in Church
The Two Most Dangerous Words Spoken in Church
By: Bill Wilson
Two words uttered back to back are the most dangerous in church. They indicate that we believe we are exceptions to the rule. But three steps can put us on the right track.
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Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
By: Dennis Bickers
NBC's Brian Williams' situation offers an important reminder: To be successful in leadership, you must earn the trust of those you serve. Without credibility, you can't earn that trust.
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3 Habits to Help Your Church Develop Disciples
3 Habits to Help Your Church Develop Disciples
By: Mark Tidsworth
Developing each other and ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ is one of the unique roles of God's church. Here are three ways your church can begin to develop disciples.
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8 Lessons Learned as EthicsDaily.com's Managing Editor
8 Lessons Learned as EthicsDaily.com's Managing Editor

By: Zach Dawes
After serving two years as EthicsDaily.com's managing editor, Zach Dawes shares eight leadership lessons he's learned. Some may apply to your area of service.

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3 Ways Pastors Earn the Right to Be Prophetic
3 Ways Pastors Earn the Right to Be Prophetic
By: Mark Tidsworth
When a pastor tells a church they're falling short of where they should be, is it out of frustration and anger or from a loving desire to speak a prophetic truth? Here are three ways to know.
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Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture
Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture

By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act.

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Pope's Uncomfortable Truth Reminds Us Who We Are
Pope's Uncomfortable Truth Reminds Us Who We Are
By: Colin Harris
Pope Francis called on church leaders to engage in a radical recommitment to Christian justice and move away from comfort and privilege. His prophetic message should resonate with all faiths.
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How Your Church Will Benefit from Networking
How Your Church Will Benefit from Networking
By: Ircel Harrison
Networking – sharing information with others – is essential for leaders of 21st century organizations. Churches will reap the benefits if they find ways to institutionalize networking in their congregations.
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Advent: Perfect Time for Churches to Pursue Vision
Advent: Perfect Time for Churches to Pursue Vision
By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches start with a powerful, shared vision that captures God's dream for them and then work tirelessly to embrace it across every aspect of congregational life.
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4 Types of Leadership Needed in Missional Churches
4 Types of Leadership Needed in Missional Churches
By: Ircel Harrison
God gives different abilities and gifts to each of us. Churches must rely on a diversity of leadership if they want to become truly missional. Here are four types of leadership they'll need.
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How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
By: Ircel Harrison
When Christians respond to culture, they can curse the darkness or light a candle. Too often, they're trained to attack. Instead, we should engage the culture. The Apostle Paul shows us how.
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Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers
Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers

By: Travis Collins
The church needs servant leaders who are living out a biblical model for that ministry. Vocational ministry is hard and many ministers suffer abuse from churches, but they're not all innocent victims.

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The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson community will seek out leaders. Here is who they need and don't need.
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The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson
The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson

By: Terrell Carter
To quell the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the perceived oppression must be acknowledged by all parties. Leaders must be transparent and offer a seat at the decision-making table to community members.

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Personality-Driven Churches Can't Thrive for Long Term
Personality-Driven Churches Can't Thrive for Long Term
By: Brock Ratcliff
A church should not break apart when a pastor leaves, yet many large churches are built around a single personality. When church members don't have a sense of ownership, they're rendered to consumer status.
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5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure
5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure
By: Bill Wilson
While everyone wrestles with some degree of career frustration, clergy are increasingly identified as especially prone to struggle. When the pressure is too great, these five paths lead to devastation.
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When It's OK for Your Pastor to Break Confidentiality
When It's OK for Your Pastor to Break Confidentiality
By: Reggie Warren
If ministers can't keep confidences in the churches where they serve, trust is quickly broken. But there are times when a minister must go public with information someone wants kept secret.
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Top 10 Reasons This Will Never Work: Leading Change in Church
Top 10 Reasons This Will Never Work: Leading Change in Church
By: David Fitch
If churches are reluctant to do one thing, it's change. And pastors have heard every reason imaginable why doing something new will never work. Here is one pastor's list of the top 10 excuses.
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7 Tips to Help Burned-Out Pastors
7 Tips to Help Burned-Out Pastors
By: Griff Martin
More often than not, pastors are tired and burned out from their church ministries rather than content and satisfied. Can this trend turn around? Consider this confession from a happy pastor.
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What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?

By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

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Forcing New Ministry Methods into Old Structures
Forcing New Ministry Methods into Old Structures
By: Ircel Harrison
When new ways of doing ministry are forced into yesterday's old models, only waste and damage can result. The Bible did warn us what happens when we pour new wine into old wineskins.
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3 Ways You Can Live by the Compass, Not the Clock
3 Ways You Can Live by the Compass, Not the Clock
By: Bill Wilson
Most people – and churches – live by the clock, racing from event to event to meet expectations. Instead, we need to live by the compass, learning to anticipate and reflect, rather than react.
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These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
By: Bill Wilson
While the sobering statistics and gloomy projections about the health of the local church have clergy and lay leaders wringing their hands, don't neglect these hopeful trends.
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6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate
6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate
By: Ronnie Brewer
After spending almost three years in denominational work, a minister transitioned back to pastor a local church. The six lessons he learned may also apply to other churches.
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What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church.
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3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
By: Terrell Carter
Life for residents in Ferguson, Missouri, has slowed to somewhat of a grinding and frustrating halt. What can we do to help the people who live there? Consider these three things.
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Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs
Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs
By: Bill Wilson
We're tempted to see our own issues as supremely important, but we would be wise to remember that many other folks are facing far more challenging difficulties in their own lives.
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Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture?
Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture?
By: Bill Wilson
The hardest part of ministry for many leaders is staff trust. While no magic pill will solve the issue, there are best practices and habits that can create a healthier church culture.
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Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Many people have misconceptions about bivocational ministry, even seminary students. Here are some of the wrong questions that church members and leaders often ask.
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The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
When smaller churches search for a new pastor, they often want to fill the void as quickly as possible. They're better off without a pastor for a longer time than to call the wrong person.
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How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
By: Larry McSwain
With the majority of churches plateaued or declining, congregations need to do some fresh thinking about how to realign their staffing levels so they remain healthy and effective.
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People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
By: Bob Browning
Church members can take a frustratingly long time to make decisions that change their personal lives as well as the church. Don't expect overnight transformations. Learn to nudge people a little at a time.
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Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches are either declining or plateaued and need to be revitalized. However, church revitalization requires a willingness to change, and change does not come easy for many churches.
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
By: Dennis Bickers
Ministers are called to the greatest opportunity that exists, but that doesn't mean the work comes without challenges. Here's how you can transform those challenges into joyful opportunities.
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How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below?
How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below?
By: Bill Wilson
Burning platform syndrome. It's what organizations go through as they consider change. We jump off the "platform" when the pain or danger of staying exceeds the pain or danger of making a change.
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7 Suggestions for Pastors Leaving Their Churches
7 Suggestions for Pastors Leaving Their Churches
By: Mark Tidsworth
Leaving a church for retirement or another ministry is a hard transition. Pastors must be able to let go and trust their church into God's care as expressed through the next pastors and staff members.
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Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist
Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist
By: Bill Wilson
A good pastor is like a physical therapist. Both push you to do things you often don't want to do, but they know that what you need is more important than what you want.
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William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia
William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia

By: Richard Wilson
William Tolbert Jr., leader of Liberia and former Baptist World Alliance president, was assassinated in 1980, but his legacy lives on through the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary's lecture series.

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Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
By: Dennis Bickers
Nothing good can happen in organizations without effective leaders. For churches to enjoy an effective ministry over years, future leaders must be filling its pipeline in various stages of development.
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Who Needs You to be a Good Shepherd?
There are times when all of us are sheep in need of a shepherd. Be careful who you listen to and follow. [ ]On the other hand, there are times when we are called upon to be shepherds who take care of sheep. As parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, administrators, ministers, business owners, civic and church leaders, we must be careful how we lead those who look to us for guidance and protection. As Christians, we never have permission to ignore their needs or exploit them. As good shepherds, our priority is to build healthy families and communities where everyone is valued, treated with respect and encouraged to achieve their potential.
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Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change
Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change
By: Ircel Harrison
Church leaders must be able to look to the future and assess what changes are waiting on the horizon. That means instead of sitting back and being reactive, a leader needs to be "preactive."
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Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers
Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers
By: Bill Wilson
If churches are like gardens, then those who serve in them – laity and clergy alike – are the gardeners. Are we willing to work together to ensure the growth of a healthy church?
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Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?
Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?

By: Zach Dawes
Too many churches follow the Wizard of Oz leadership model of a larger-than-life character hiding behind a curtain. Instead, author Brian McLaren says, your church needs a Dorothy.

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Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
By: Dennis Bickers
If they want to successfully impact a changing world for Jesus Christ, pastors and churches must continually reinvent themselves. Churches will either continue to reinvent themselves or they will die.
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3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden
3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden
By: Bill Wilson
The garden is a powerful biblical theme. Jesus taught many lessons involving plants, growth, agriculture and gardening. Here are three ways your church can be like an abundant garden.
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Why Churches Need a Theology of Prophetic Engagement
Why Churches Need a Theology of Prophetic Engagement
By: Elie Haddad
For Christian churches serving in a place where the majority of people are not Christians, it's vital to discover why God has placed them where they are and how they can reach their communities.
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3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants
3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants
By: Bill Wilson
Your church may face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, like the giants in the land that sparked fear in most of the Israelites. Here are three things you need to navigate those obstacles.
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6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right
6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right
By: Bill Wilson
What kind of aroma does your church culture have? Here are six ways to tell if your congregational culture has the sweet smell of success or stinks to high heaven.
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Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches feel they must compete with larger ones. Churches, however, are not called to duplicate the ministries of others, but to focus on the unique vision God has for them.
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Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People
Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People
By: Joe LaGuardia
Churches often measure their growth by how many people they get in the pews on Sunday morning, but is that really the best way to measure the spiritual health of a congregation?
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When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
By: Greg Mamula
Christian churches across North America have served a great purpose for the past 50 to 75 years. That world's been unraveling over the past few decades. God is knitting something new. Will we be ready?
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6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities
6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities
By: Bill Wilson
Any church leader paying attention to the stresses and strains upon their local church should model themselves after universities. Their similarities can help your church chart its future.
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What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
By: Bill Wilson
If your church faces an uncertain future like so many others, look for examples of others who have met challenges and turned them into opportunities for success. And remember these 6 lessons.
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4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode
4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode
By: Randy Hyde
When a church exists in survival mode, it won't have the energy and ability to engage in visionary thinking. And that's the place where a church is able to change lives. So where are you?
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7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry
7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry
By: Mark Tidsworth
One of the nice benefits of serving as a pastor or church staff member is the control you have over your schedule, but it's also a contributing factor to the need for high levels of self-discipline.
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Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
By: Nick Lear
While it may be easier to ask for forgiveness than seek permission, it's not a good leadership model for churches. It's worth the time to explain decisions and let people suggest alternatives.
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Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality
Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality
By: Bill Wilson
When a church's weekly average attendance drops, leaders look for someone to blame. Rather than scapegoating, churches must rethink how they connect with people.
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Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
By: Dennis Bickers
When searching for a new pastor, many churches automatically exclude older candidates. It's a huge mistake to believe that all older pastors cannot effectively lead a church in today's society.
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Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course
Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course
By: Bill Wilson
Has your church drifted off the path that God intended for you to travel? Maybe what your congregation needs is a rumble strip to get you back on course.
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Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly
Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly
By: Bill Wilson
Resistance from headwinds helps airplanes generate the lift needed to take off. When your church encounters struggles, it's ready to take off and fly as it works through the difficulties. 
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What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
By: Dennis Bickers
Whether you like it or not, changes are coming for your smaller church. The wise congregation will weigh the options and pick the model that makes the most sense for them.
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For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
By:  Dennis Bickers
When a church goes through change, it's vital for pastors and lay leaders to model that change. Failure to do so means others in the church are not going to change either.
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Why Your Ministry Should Behave Like a Lava Lamp
By: Greg Mamula
As churches respond to the leading of the Spirit, they're much like the wax in a lava lamp. As they are heated and cooled on the teachings of Christ, they are flexible and fluid.
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Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
More churches in all denominations are turning to bivocational pastors. While pastors could once assume that they could secure a fully funded ministry position, that's no longer a safe assumption.
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Why Your Church Should Deep-Six Those Sign-Up Sheets
Finding volunteers by posting a sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board has seen its day. Let's stop depending on volunteers and become more intentional about developing leaders.
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When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
More churches are likely to transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational minister. To succeed with this change, both the pastor and the congregation must change expectations.
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5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
From ousting a Muslim who tried to attend a women's conference to giving away cars to attend church on Easter, should there be ethical standards for Christian outreach? Consider these five.
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3 Lessons from Three Decades of Ministry, Marriage
3 Lessons from Three Decades of Ministry, Marriage
Just like marriage, all the training in the world can't prepare you for leading a church. You have to live it. Here are three lessons from three decades of ministry and marriage.
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3 Ways Your Church Can Stay Focused on Its Vision
3 Ways Your Church Can Stay Focused on Its Vision
When a church establishes a new and fresher vision, they stick with it for a season before slipping back into their old, destructive patterns. Here are three ways to stay focused on your vision.
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7 Ways to Introduce Advent to Your Congregation
7 Ways to Introduce Advent to Your Congregation
Introducing Advent to congregations who haven't observed the season can be challenging. Few churches respond quickly to change. Here are seven ways to help.
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Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
The Protestant Reformation would not have been possible without the emergence of inspiring preachers. To bring about such needed shifts today, the role of the pulpit is a critical place to begin.
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How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching
How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching

Bivocational pastors can benefit from coaching sessions because they are a source of encouragement and helps them to step back and look at their overall ministry.

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5 Essential Tools to Make Your Ministry Healthier
Healthy clergy are always on the lookout for best practices that breathe life into their ministries and, thus, their places of service. Here are five practices that can help.
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10-Point Checklist to Keep Your Church from Death Spiral
10-Point Checklist to Keep Your Church from Death Spiral
When visibility is low, pilots can suffer from spatial disorientation and are in danger of flying their planes into the ground. Churches can suffer from a similar disorientation. Here's how to handle it.
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3 Ways Churches Can Return to Their True Mission
3 Ways Churches Can Return to Their True Mission
Thousands of churches have lost their moorings in terms of their purpose, forgetting they exist to embody in all they do the will of God for the world. Here's how they can get back on track.
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4 Levels of Trust Churches Need for Effective Stewardship
Trust must extend to every aspect of the church, including the character and commitment of the pastor, staff and others who manage financial resources.
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7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
Many smaller U.S. churches are near the end of their ministries, with thousands of them expected to close every year. Here are seven reasons for the trend, and a hope on how it can be prevented.
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Leading Congregations – A Calling, Not a Career
Leading Congregations – A Calling, Not a Career
Church leaders who follow Jesus' summons to "follow me" understand that the primary task of leadership is to encourage all of God's people to become followers, too.
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10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
Many who lead in music and worship ministry are the recipients of an obscene amount of vitriol, anger, criticism and unreasonable expectations. Here are 10 thoughts to keep expectations realistic.
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Breaking News: Pastor Accepts Call to Smaller Church
Pastors typically don't accept calls to smaller churches. Some pastors, however, feel God calling them to smaller churches. If it happens to you, it's an incredible ministry opportunity.
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A More Fitting Metaphor for Pastors – as Artisans
We've used a lot of metaphors to describe church leaders – shepherd, physician, CEO – but what artisan? Artisans were skilled masters who produced beautiful and functional work.
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5 Ways to Plug in Church Members for Service
5 Ways to Plug in Church Members for Service
When church members say they can't find a place to plug in, it may have more to do with the way the church empowers members than with the lack of available opportunities.
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5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
Many smaller churches are increasingly becoming bivocational. Many of those churches have unrealistic expectations for their next pastor. Here are five of the most common.
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Seeking God's Will at Your Church? Get a Shredder
We all have lots of ideas about how church ought to be run – great ideas. But we need to come to the place where we realize God wants our hearts before he wants our ideas.
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4 Lessons on Transferring Leadership in Churches
Transferring from one leader to the next in churches isn't always neat or simple, but church leaders can benefit from the lessons of Elisha's succession to Elijah.
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10 Lessons Learned on Life after Pastoral Ministry
The life of a pastor looks different when the pastor is now in the pew. Here are 10 things learned about pastoral ministry from someone who no longer pastors a congregation.
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Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches
Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches
It can be easy for pastors to be tempted by the idea that moving to bigger churches is a sign of ministry success. But smaller churches have much to offer, too.
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Balancing the Tension Between Pastor, Prophet Roles
Balancing the Tension Between Pastor, Prophet Roles
For pastors and laypersons alike, balancing a spirit of sensitivity and compassion while speaking prophetically about today's issues isn't easy. Being one often risks the other.
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How You Can Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes
How You Can Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes
Providing another viewpoint to someone in a position of power always carries risk. Here are some lessons for both sides to encourage open and honest communication.
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Are You Pursuing Success While Ignoring Signifcance?
Are You Pursuing Success While Ignoring Signifcance?
We often live our everyday lives outside the arena where God is at work. We keep busy with our consumer lifestyles, pursuit of pleasure and drive to appear successful.
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The Call to Leadership is Often Uncomfortable
What makes a good leader? They help others move beyond themselves into the world that is around them. And that can sometimes be uncomfortable.
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3 Essentials for Effective Conflict Management
3 Essentials for Effective Conflict Management
No one can eliminate all conflict in a church, but motivated and effective leaders prevent much conflict from even developing. Here are three ways they do it.
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5 Ways Churches Can Curb Pastoral Abuse
5 Ways Churches Can Curb Pastoral Abuse
Pastoral abuse of any form occurs when pastors overstep their boundaries and view church members as a means to an end. Here are five ways the church can respond.
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10 Ways You Can Ruin Your Pastor's Sermons
If you want to encourage your pastor to deliver inspiring sermons, think about ways you can ensure awful messages every week – and let them suggest ways to promote positive results.
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Is Loyalty to MSNBC or Fox News More Critical to Church Membership Than 'Jesus is Lord'?
Is Loyalty to MSNBC or Fox News More Critical to Church Membership Than 'Jesus is Lord'?
How do you become a church member in today's politically charged culture? It's more about landing on the left or right side of politics than it is about being a child of God.
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Health Ministry Requires Healthy Ministers
Health Ministry Requires Healthy Ministers
Most clergy, and especially health ministers, struggle with internal stress. If you start to think of yourself as a catalyst, there are three ways you can lower that stress.
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7 Ways Your Church Can Respond to Tragedy
Every day seems to bring news of a devastating disruption in some community's life. When news of disaster breaks in on us, here are seven things congregational leaders can do.
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When Church Conflict Erupts, We Blame Wrong Thing
When Church Conflict Erupts, We Blame Wrong Thing
Three churches in conflict from three different denominations. People in each one blamed denominational polity. The truth is often closer to our hearts than we want to admit.
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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
As church musicians, the ultimate goal of presenting our best talents to God during worship is not to draw the spotlight on ourselves but to reflect the spotlight so that it shines on God.
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How Your Church Benefits From a Long-Term Pastor
How Your Church Benefits From a Long-Term Pastor
Most ministers rarely stay long at churches. Many move on in search of greener pastures. Many congregants feel they must defend their turf. What if those attitudes changed?
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How Your Church is Like the Corvette
The Corvette evokes great nostalgia and loyalty among a dwindling crowd. Designers must remain true to their traditional heritage while becoming relevant for the next generation. Sound familiar?
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5 Ways Your Church Can Discern Future Trends
5 Ways Your Church Can Discern Future Trends
Everyone is searching for "the next big thing" that can empower the ministry of the church. How do we know if it's real or a bust? Five ideas can help you discern.
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Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
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4 Characteristics of Churches That Call New Leaders
Many congregations are so focused on survival that they've grown blind to the call to propagate and reproduce leaders, but they're putting their future at stake.
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Resistant or Resilient: Which Describes Your Church?
Resistant or Resilient: Which Describes Your Church?
As congregations age, most churches will face a turning point of sustainability in the near future. Whether they survive will depend on whether they're resistant or resilient.
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4 Steps to Help Lay Leaders Start New Churches
4 Steps to Help Lay Leaders Start New Churches
Can lay leaders successfully launch a new church? Here are four steps that an established congregation can follow to carry out a lay-led church start strategy.
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6 Steps to Lead Your Church Through Successful Change
If there's one thing that doesn't change, it's that we all resist change. How do you help your church adjust when a major change needs to be made? Help them through these six stages.
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5 Skills Required for Today's Ministers
5 Skills Required for Today's Ministers
Seminaries aren't producing the kind of pastoral leaders that churches need. Here are five skills that ministers required to meet their faith communities' needs.
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4 Ways Your Church Can Become Whole-Hearted
Today's churches face significant headwind and many challenges. Half-heartedness can lead to irrelevance or even extinction. Here are 4 ways to "put your heart into it."
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Can You Evaluate Your Pastor's Effectiveness?
There is no comprehensive and exhaustive clergy competency list. Since leadership in congregations is an extremely relevant issue, how do we make progress on it?
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7 Ways Your Church Can Become More Innovative
Change isn't easy. When it happens in church, we either adapt to it or use it as a springboard for innovative and effective ministry. Here are 7 areas where that can happen.
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4 Habits to Build Healthy Leadership at Your Church
Is your church led by staff or controlled by staff? When staff leadership is unhealthy, it's often at the heart of church conflict. Try these 4 habits to build a healthier leadership culture.
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How Your Church Can Escape the Happiness Trap
How Your Church Can Escape the Happiness Trap
When church happiness is enshrined, God's Holy Spirit is constrained. Leaders' energy is consumed internally rather than in external ministry. The false god of happiness needs to go.
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How Ministers Can Make Themselves Indispensable
How Ministers Can Make Themselves Indispensable
Each of us is gifted by God in special ways. Take time to identify the things that you can do better, more effectively or with more ability than anyone else.
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6 Silicon Valley Lessons for Ministry Entrepreneurs
6 Silicon Valley Lessons for Ministry Entrepreneurs
Ministry entrepreneurs learn not only from traditional Christian sources but from the marketplace as well. Consider these six lessons taken from Silicon Valley.
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Managing Church Conflicts When Both Sides Are Right
Managing Church Conflicts When Both Sides Are Right
Some church conflicts can't be resolved with traditional problem-solving skills. When both sides are right, healthy congregations know how to manage these polarities.
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Coptic and Anglican Leaders Chosen
Coptic and Anglican Leaders Chosen
Two new Christian leaders were chosen this month. Pope Tawadros II now leads the Coptic Church, and Bishop Justin Welby is the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Defy the Status Quo; Undo Something Today
Defy the Status Quo; Undo Something Today
Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings and Wendy Kopp all changed the status quo by challenging the way it worked with a new way of doing things. So what can you undo?
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7 Reasons Churches Face a Conflict Pandemic
7 Reasons Churches Face a Conflict Pandemic
Congregational conflict appears to be reaching pandemic levels. Here are the seven most popular culprits driving this surge followed by seven possible solutions.
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5 Ways Pastors Can Know It's Time to Move On
5 Ways Pastors Can Know It's Time to Move On
When should a pastor leave a church? When should he or she stick it out? All ministers wrestle with these questions. Here are five clues to determine if you should stay or go.
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Tinted Windows and Bodygaurd
Real power, the power of the kingdom, is found in humility, and in service to others.
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Healthy Church Teams Hold Each Other Accountable
Healthy Church Teams Hold Each Other Accountable
Many church staff members operate in a world void of accountability, but healthy ministerial teams develop good practices around holding one another accountable.
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Why It's Time for Your Church to Fail
Why It's Time for Your Church to Fail
If God's churches are going to be what the world needs, they're going to have to take some risks. And when you take risks, you need to learn from your failures.
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4 Indicators That Pastors are Fulfilling Their Passion
4 Indicators That Pastors are Fulfilling Their Passion
Passionate pastors are captivated by Christ. They not only admire and respect Jesus' ministry, they want to reflect the Spirit of Christ. Here are four ways that happens.
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4 Steps to Avoid a Church's Biggest Conflict
One of the biggest conflicts in church life centers on staff. There are four steps – one in particular – that can put your church on the road to a healthy staff.
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Why Having It Your Way in Church is Deadly
Church members rarely argue about the real issue. Whether it's about the style of worship or the color of the carpets, most conflicts are really about getting our way.
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6 Steps to Help Pastors Be Effective Leaders
6 Steps to Help Pastors Be Effective Leaders
Church staff members expect their leaders to identify a direction, set the pace and provide the resources and encouragement. If they fail, the situation can become very chaotic.
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5 Insights to Help Your Church Survive Change
5 Insights to Help Your Church Survive Change
Change is never easy for a church. We often cause havoc when we force change too quickly or expect 100 percent agreement. Here are five insights to help your church survive.
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21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher
Baptist churches are about the purest form of democracy around. Here are 21 lessons to help pastors hone their skills of diplomacy, bridge-building and persuasion.
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Trouble at Church? The Cavalry Ain't Coming
Trouble at Church? The Cavalry Ain't Coming
Healthy faith communities know the cavalry isn't riding to the rescue to solve their complex issues. Instead, they allow God to lead them into the depths of authentic faith.
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Would Jesus Attend Your Inwardly Focused Church?
Would Jesus Attend Your Inwardly Focused Church?
Churches that focus on themselves instead of their communities produce highly anxious leaders who fear offending their members and building churches Jesus wouldn't attend.
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What's The Most Important Part of Church?
What's the most crucial part of a church? Is it the buildings, budgets or perhaps programs? Could it be its "take" on finer points of doctrine? No, but read on for the answer.
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Did Southern Baptists' Golden Era Trigger Today's Malaise?
Did Southern Baptists' Golden Era Trigger Today's Malaise?
With many churches in decline and as the neighborhood churches disappear, wouldn't it be nice to return to the golden era of Southern Baptist life? Not in a heartbeat, says one pastor.
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5 Issues That Bother Pastors About Search Committees
Search committees have a daunting task as they seek a pastor for their church. Often staffed by volunteers, they have limited time. Here are five issues they should address.
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4 Suggestions to Help Ministers of the Future
What kind of skills will seminary students need if they want to be prepared to minister a decade from now? Here are four ways they can be effective in 2022.
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5 Statements That Mean Your Church is in Trouble
5 Statements That Mean Your Church is in Trouble
If you hear one of these five statements in your church, you can know your church is in trouble. And that may indicate that it's time to ask for an outside perspective.
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4 Pastors Describe a Healthy Search Process
Searching for a new pastor is exhilarating and risky for congregations. Four pastors who recently made the transition share how your church can do it successfully.
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When Senior Pastors Are in Over Their Heads
As pastors move to larger churches, they find themselves in over their heads. The skills that carried them to senior leadership often stymie them as they take on a new level of responsibility.
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Different Motives Define Tale of Two Servants
Different Motives Define Tale of Two Servants
What's your motive when you serve others? The pages of the Bible reveal a tale of two servants. One whose motives were pure, and another with self-centered motives.
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Biography Recognizes Steve Jobs' Bright and Dark Sides
Walter Isaacson's biography on Steve Jobs reminds us that a person can make a tremendous contribution to culture, business and society even if he isn't the nicest person in the room.
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14 Pieces of Advice for New Ministers
14 Pieces of Advice for New Ministers
For new graduates ready to enter the ministry, the landscape is changing rapidly and difficult to navigate. Here are 14 thoughts to consider for the men and women starting their ministry.
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15 Characteristics of Great Church Leaders
15 Characteristics of Great Church Leaders
No matter where you travel on the planet, innovative church leaders have some common characteristics, including patience and optimism. Check out all 15.
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Being Thankful for Impact of an Opinionated Woman
If something didn't work the way it should, Ethel would find out why and fix it. She was a formidable woman with strong opinions about everything. And you know what? She was right.
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Real Leaders Inspire Others to Do Better
In contrast to political opportunists, genuine leaders move us from apathy to engagement, from indifference to involvement, and from settling for the status quo to reaching for new realities.
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CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
With the GOP presidential nominee all but confirmed, U.S. voters will need to decide if the CEO model of leadership is what the nation requires at this moment in its history.
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Are Churches Really Prepared for Future?
Are Churches Really Prepared for Future?
Church leadership in the 21st century involves making many decisions about the future of ministry, often against a backdrop of rapid change and poorly understood but increasingly challenging circumstances.
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Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Many pastor-search committees believe they need a young pastor to attract young families to their churches, but effectiveness and appeal to young adults have little to do with a pastor's age.
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Churches Using Old Answers for New Problems
In many churches, leaders deal with today's problems by going back to the answers that worked for them in the past. But old answers can never solve new problems.
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Why God Doesn't Recognize Your Plans
Why God Doesn't Recognize Your Plans
We often make great plans about how we want to serve God – and then expect God to show up and bless them. Instead, we need to show up for God's plan.
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Your Church Lost Its Way? 6 Questions to Ask
Your Church Lost Its Way? 6 Questions to Ask
Churches and organizations don't always get in trouble for doing the wrong thing. Often, they'll lose their way when they try to do too many good things.
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Pastor Poised to Be First Black to Lead Baptists
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the SBC.
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2012 Is About Leadership
2012 Is About Leadership
Leadership is the pole to which many issues are tethered in 2012. And for people of faith, the biblical witness provides the best record of the upside and downside of leadership in transition.
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Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
A Kansas politician apologized for forwarding emails critical of President Obama. However, like many before him, he didn't apologize for what he said but for offending those who misinterpreted him.
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Where's Your Congregation's Focus: Inward or Outward?
In healthy congregations and parishes, the gap between where we invest most of our resources and what we sense to be our essential calling is under constant evaluation. Where's your focus?
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Growth Transitions Can Challenge Congregations
As congregations grow, they must transition to different ways of organizing themselves. One of the most difficult transitions occurs when they move to groups leading different functions.
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How to Stretch Your Congregation to Change
Most faith leaders instinctively want to stretch their congregations in new directions, but creating the tension to move congregations toward that change is a challenge.
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3 Temptations Faced by Christian Leaders
Contemporary Christian leaders face three temptations, the late Henri Nouwen said, and urged them to pursue "a life of downward mobility" embodied by prayer, vulnerability and trust.
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Small Churches, Can You Sustain New Programs?
Small churches may be eager to launch new programs or ministries, but they need to ask an important question before they do. Can we sustain it?
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17 Ways to Avoid Invasion of the Pastor Snatchers
When you church needs a new pastor, a healthy search process will require patience, spiritual maturity and hard work. It's more than a recruitment search. Done poorly, it can be disastrous.
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NCC Leader to Step Down
(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons.
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Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Affordable and accessible theological education starts with recognizing the needs of students and their churches and being able to provide the resources that speak to their context.
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Overcoming Isolation and Fatigue in Ministry
Ministry leaders today often wrestle with fatigue and weariness. To survive, they must acknowledge they can't do it alone and find others who will support and affirm them.
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Leaders vs. Managers: Which Are More Valuable?
Every organization has leaders and managers. Managers have the gifts to make things run smoothly. Visionary leaders move organizations to the next level. But which are more important?
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Three Ways to Lose the J-Word at Your Church
With the professionalizing of the clergy, an unfortunate and unbiblical dualism has arisen across the years. It's at the heart of one of the unhealthiest trends in modern congregational life.
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Avoiding the Iceberg: 6 Tips for Sinking Churches
With the vast majority of churches in decline – some dramatically – many face a Titanic fate. Here are six steps you can put into practice to avoid your date with the iceberg.
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What Really Makes a Pastor a "Big Dog"
How do pastors become really "big dogs" in the eyes of their church members? It's not how loud you bark that makes the difference; it's what you do over time.
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Jesus' Leadership Model: Servants Over CEOs
Jesus' Leadership Model: Servants Over CEOs
Jesus defines leadership by making it unmistakably clear that real leadership is a way of serving. And a servant leader is committed to the needs and potential of people.
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Why Our Churches Are Filled with "Ill" People
Not everyone who is ill is physically sick. Indeed, our churches seem to be brimming with ill-spirited people plagued by personal frustration, anxiety and unhappiness. Why are so few transformed by Christ?
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Four Ways That Leaders Learn Leadership
So how do you learn to be a leader? Using the challenges of their present assignments, effective leaders hone their leadership abilities and grow as leaders.
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How Does Someone Become a Leader?
How Does Someone Become a Leader?
Leadership is more than being placed in a position of authority. Leaders often emerge in times of change or crisis, and they've been good stewards of the resources given to them.
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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed as leader of the 1.5-million strong Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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Four Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Steve Jobs
With Steve Jobs' announcing his resignation as Apple's CEO due to health issues, many are extolling his virtues as a visionary leader. Here are four lessons we can learn from him.
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WENHAM, Mass. (RNS) Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he’s studied in depth: evangelicals climbing the ranks of institutions and becoming elites.
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Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Voter guides provided a litmus test to rate candidates on hot-button issues. Perhaps we need a new litmus test – one that rates candidates on what's best for the common good.
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When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
Sooner or later, most ministers will face a crisis that threatens to get out of control in a congregation's life. Here are five things to remember when the "swamp is on fire."
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Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
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Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
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Knowing the Right Time for Career or Ministry Change
Knowing the Right Time for Career or Ministry Change
Do you sense it's time for a change in your ministry or career? How do you know when a change is the right path? Of the many reasons for change, one is good.
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Watkins Re-elected President of Disciples
(RNS) The Christian Church voted to re-elect the Rev. Sharon Watkins as head of the denomination capping off a weeklong assembly.
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Chaput Will Upend Convention in the Most Conventional of Cities
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
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Six Reasons Why Successful Leaders Collaborate
Six Reasons Why Successful Leaders Collaborate
Some leaders prefer to go it alone. Although working with a group on any project can have pitfalls and frustrations, successful leaders know the value of collaboration. Here are six reasons.
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The Two Most Dangerous Words You Can Say
The Two Most Dangerous Words You Can Say
People explain away the most obscene actions or attitudes with two words: Yes, but. These words reveal that we believe we are the exception to any rule. Fortunately, there's a solution.
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How Long Do You Think Your Church Will Survive?
How Long Do You Think Your Church Will Survive?
Congregations, like marriages and other relationships, must come to the startling realization that the future is not a sure thing before they are willing to try something new or different.
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The Example of Youth
I believe that most people have a dream, a vision, or an image of something that is big in their hearts.
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Four Traps That Await Clergy When They Move
Four Traps That Await Clergy When They Move
When ministers move to new congregations, they have to be careful to avoid some common traps that can ensnare their ministry. Healthy churches and ministers need to pay attention to these four trouble spots.
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Two Kinds of Leaders: Shepherds and Thieves
Two Kinds of Leaders: Shepherds and Thieves
Jesus made it clear that he's the gate that protects the sheep. Those who lead his sheep fall in one of two categories – shepherds or thieves. Which leaders are today's sheep following?
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Need To Be a Better Listener? Try These Six Steps
Need To Be a Better Listener? Try These Six Steps
Nothing's more frustrating for people than to be invited to a "listening session" and walk away feeling they weren't heard. Listening requires patience. Here are six steps to help you.
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Four Ways for Ministers to Become Entrepreneurs
Four Ways for Ministers to Become Entrepreneurs
Ministers wear many hats in church, and one they need to add to their collection is entrepreneur. Here are four ways to add a healthy injection of the entrepreneurial spirit into the life of a congregation.
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For Mormons, What Does Follow the Prophet Really Mean?
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leaders will offer sermons at an upcoming conference that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God.
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When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
More often than not, relying on someone with experience is good for an organization. However, experience can hold an organization back and cripple our best hopes and dreams.
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Schuller Says He Wouldn’t Have OK’d Church’s Gay Covenant
(RNS) Schuller said he never would have approved a recent covenant choir members were asked to sign urging them to be Christian and heterosexual.
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Need New Ideas in Church? Ask Novices, Skeptics
Need New Ideas in Church? Ask Novices, Skeptics
Too often we are limited by our own experiences and preconceived ideas. We need people who can think "outside the box" and encourage us to do the same. But where do we find these people?
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Developing Leaders Who Will Change the World
Developing Leaders Who Will Change the World
How do you develop highly motivated church leaders? Send them to places where they can witness God at work in power. And that's what a British Baptist missionary agency has been doing for decades.
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How Churches Can Plan for Their Next Minister
How Churches Can Plan for Their Next Minister
Churches rarely do a good job in planning for their next pastor. When long-time pastors leave, they are usually followed by a person who is competent but doesn't last long.
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Former UCC President Suspended After Affair
(RNS) The former president of the UCC has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a program of growth.
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Clergy Answer King’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
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Knowing When It's Time to Move On
Knowing When It's Time to Move On
While many leaders know when it's time to move on and let others take the reins, a few stay too long or leave too quickly. Two football players help illustrate both of these points.
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Missouri Synod President to Keep Preaching Skills Polished
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Matthew Harrison will serve a local church in addition to his role as President.
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Let There Be Peace
he peace God promises will be characterized by socially just leadership, fellowship built on genuine harmony, and the humbling and liberating work of repentance.
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Vatican, China Clash over Bishop’s Ordination
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
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Mormons Soften Language on Gays
(RNS) A newly published compilation of guidelines used worldwide by leaders of the Mormon Church has softened the language about gay Mormons.
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Forbes Names Pope World’s Fifth Most Powerful Figure
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world’s most powerful people.
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How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
The key to ministry success is identifying the most strategic issue and resolving it. As orthodontists know, it takes constant pressure applied at just the right place.
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Top Canadian Orthodox Bishop on Leave for Misconduct
TORONTO (RNS) One of Canada’s top Eastern Orthodox hierarchs has resigned his duties and been granted a leave of absence.
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How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How did Jim Furyk's pull off an unbelievable shot out of a wet sand bunker that helped him win more than $11 million? A lot of behind-the-scenes practice led up to that moment. Success in ministry is the same way.
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Va. Imam Named Head of Largest Muslim Group
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
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Long Denies False Allegations
(RNS) Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has decried the “false allegations” lodged against him.
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Embattled Philadelphia Bishop Says He Won’t Resign
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia is defiantly refusing to resign.
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Churches Have Different Cultures but Common Mission
Churches Have Different Cultures but Common Mission
Every congregation has a unique culture. For church leaders, this means they must become social anthropologists who must peel back the layers of authority, custom and process to really understand their congregations.
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Prominent Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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Ways That You Can Recognize True Leadership
Ways That You Can Recognize True Leadership
They don't ask others to do what they are not already doing. They determine for themselves they will tell the truth. They seek to elevate others to achieve success. Who are they? They're true leaders.
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Former United Church of Christ President Admits Affair
(RNS) The former president of the UCC is divorcing his wife and is in a committed relationship with a former co-worker.
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Financial Woes Lead to President’s Resignation at Methodist College
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College accepted the resignation of President David Pollick.
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American Buddhist Godfather Robert Aitken Dies at 93
(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died at age 93.
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Kenyan Church Leaders Defend Opposition to Constitution
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan church leaders have rejected calls for an apology after they campaigned against a new constitution.
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Church of God Says Women Can Be Leaders but Not Bishops
(RNS) The Church of God has decided to permit women to serve on local church councils but they cannot be ordained as bishops.
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Mountains Hold Physical and Cultural Challenges
Mountains Hold Physical and Cultural Challenges
Mountains seem to beckon us to climb them. They pose a daunting physical challenge for the daring among us, and a few others also find cultural and spiritual tests awaiting them.
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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
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Predicting the Future? No Easy Task for Leaders
Predicting the Future? No Easy Task for Leaders
No one knows what the future holds. That's why every organization, including the church, needs courageous leaders who will encourage openness and trust that will allow stakeholders to talk, dream and innovate.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
The corporate CEO tends to be associated with unbridled greed, hedonistic lifestyles, raw exercise of power and smug self-confidence. And yet this CEO model has carried over to various forms of Christian ministry.
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What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
Church life in modern America is characterized by the loss of a "consensus in the middle" and the growing influence of the extremes. With a weakened middle, many churches experience greater instability.
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Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Anxiety and abundance were two themes that emerged during a retreat of organizational leaders related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Baptists should rejoice at the challenges and prioritize the opportunities.
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Temptations Lurk in Ministry Transitions
Temptations Lurk in Ministry Transitions
Too often, leadership transitions in church can take on the look and feel of political transitions. Unlike politicians, we need to recognize ministry is not about creating our own legacies
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"Voice From the Past" Advises Barack Obama
President Obama receives a lot of advice, including this letter from a voice from the past. "Mo Amramson" was also in charge of leading a multitude of people through troubling times.
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 If Women Ruled: Great Examples Always Have Exception
If Women Ruled: Great Examples Always Have Exception
Some recent inspiring stories in the news have indicated that this world might indeed be a better place if women ruled it. Of course, every rule has an exception. Bosnia's Iron Lady proves it.
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What Drives Your Church? 'Come and See' or 'Go and Tell'
What Drives Your Church? 'Come and See' or 'Go and Tell'
Your church receives a $3,000 gift and comes up with two ways to spend the money. What the leaders decide may indicate the philosophy that drives your church.
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First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
Rather than accept responsibility for setbacks, some leaders prefer to pass the buck to external factors or other people. (At least, that's what the liberal media want you to believe.)
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Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
So you think today's young people are hopeless? Maybe you should spend a week with nearly 500 of them at the annual Lott Carey Youth Seminar. You'll find visionaries who believe God will do more than we can ever imagine.
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Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
When the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting begins today, leaders expect one trend to continue: Few young leaders will attend. One young pastor says many of his peers don't want to be associated with the SBC brand.
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Best Pastors Are More Than Skilled Leaders – They're Artists
Best Pastors Are More Than Skilled Leaders – They're Artists
Church leaders need to be more than good managers who grasp the mechanics of running a congregation. They need to be artists who understand discernment, composition, arrangement, timing, imagination and presentation.
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'Leaders Who Last'
'Leaders Who Last'
Margaret Marcuson's "Leaders Who Last" does not offer a quick fix or even guarantee success for clergy running on empty on ministry treadmills. If one theme pervades the book it is this: improving leadership is hard work and it takes time.
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No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
Our nation is at its best when we have leadership that appreciates the value of bipartisan power and the presence of an opposing party that can call for accountability. Whenever one party holds the power, disaster looms.
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Americans' Confidence in Religious Leaders at All-Time Low
Americans' Confidence in Religious Leaders at All-Time Low
Used car salesmen and members of Congress need to slide over and make room. A new study finds that only one out of five Americans have a "great deal" of confidence in leaders of religious institutions.
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Today’s Leadership Thrives on Relationships, Core Values
Today’s Leadership Thrives on Relationships, Core Values
The mechanistic leadership model stifled creativity, meaning and relationships for everyone except those at the top. The new organic model is built on a core of spirituality and relationships.
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Change Comes Slowly, but Surely
In November, Sen. Barack Obama entered into history as the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Next Tuesday he will take the oath of office and become the 44th president of our country.
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Ministry Leaders Must Contextualize
Recently, I wrote that an effective ministry entrepreneur needs to acquire specific knowledge, cultivate certain values and develop competent skills to be effective in ministry. Two of these skills are being able to read or discern the culture in which one ministers and then to use that culture to influence belief.
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'Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney'
You'll understand why places like Disney are case studies in remarkability when you read Creating Magic. For a company that big to be that good for that long, great leaders have to be at the helm of every aspect of the operation.
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Making Risky Decisions
Help can come from many sources, and true leaders are not always the people up front waving their arms. As we can learn from Naaman's experience, slaves can give great advice to generals, and servants can know better than kings what needs to be done.
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What the U.S. Recession Reveals About Leadership
Hardly anything has been reported about how religious leaders are responding to the economic crisis, or even their present failure to be as forceful on behalf of the vulnerable as they have tried to be when working to influence elections and boost the political clout of their religious constituencies.
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Passing Along the Leadership Mantle
A smooth transition sends clear messages about the health and future of the group, while a rocky transition can handicap the new leader and set the group or organization back significantly. We need to be deliberate and biblical about leadership transitions.
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Experiencing Burnout
Even leaders who have experienced God's providence and power in amazing and unmistakable ways can give in to periods of fear, despair and darkness.
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So You Want to Be a Preacher
I never took a class in preaching; I don't remember anyone talking to me about preaching; I am sure I did not read anything about preaching. Given this, it is a wonder that anybody had the grit to sit through one of my so-called sermons.
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Failed Leaders Reject Truthful Messages
For any leader with eyes to see and ears to hear, this story from the 1800s continues to speak loudly of the danger of depending on the counsel of yes-men. For when "the lie" is shattered by reality, the leader is left standing naked and exposed before the world.
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Baptist Pastors Gauge Year-End Giving in Deepening Financial Crisis
Among several belt-tightening measures, First Baptist Church of Dalton instituted a spending freeze, assuming that year-end stock gifts and other profit-sharing donations will come in below last year's metrics. The church's staff has been asked to carry out missions on a low-cost or no-cost basis, and to look for cost recovery everywhere they can.
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How to Network at a Conference
Offering a meaningful and unique compliment will go a lot further than, "You're from Milwaukee? I had a layover there once." Yeah—you and millions of others. But only a few people said they liked my cufflinks.
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What Are Sermons Worth?
During my first semester at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 1979 I had the privilege of taking a course on Job that was taught by Dr. Clyde Francisco. One day Dr. Francisco was talking about the 1974 tornados that had caused so much destruction in Louisville. His garage had been hit and he was working with a claims adjustor to determine the value of the garage contents, which included what Dr. Francisco described as a "sack of sermons."
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Failed Leaders Create False Gods
Obsessed with his Model T design, Henry Ford permitted no modifications or improvements for twenty years. When his designers surprised him one day with a prototype of an updated model, Ford literally ripped off its doors and proceeded to demolish the car with his bare hands.
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Racism Is a Sin
Three older pastors took me aside to offer some well-intentioned advice. In summary, they told me I wouldn't get far in ministry if I challenged racism. They defended their racist humor, insisting they meant no harm, declaring it was simply part of culture.
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Failed Leaders Ignore the People
Transitions in power are much like passing a baton in a relay race. The relay teams that win are often not the swiftest but the ones who have learned to negotiate and properly execute the exchange. It requires teamwork, communication, humility and sacrifice in order for the team to succeed.
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Failed Leaders Turn From God
Those in leadership roles are most often already burning the candle at both ends. This constant being on the run results not only in physical fatigue, but also mental and spiritual fatigue. Fatigue is something that leaders must be careful to avoid, because when it comes, one's leadership may not be in line with God's guidance and will ...
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Vote Twice, at Least
Our county has such immense power, influence, and control over the lives of other nations and peoples that it would be unjust and irresponsible for individual Americans to vote only on their own self-identity and self interest within a national context.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part Two
The David we find in 2 Samuel 11-20 is a man who loses focus, loses his leadership ability, and ultimately loses both his kingdom and much of his legacy.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part One
Could our current presidential candidates learn anything from the biblical example of David, either before or after he became king?
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Faithful Leaders Call for High Moral Standards
Juxtaposing this image of accomplishment against the tears of a broken person and shattered family reveals the superficial nature of politics and leadership. Admissions of weakness are the death knell of a public servant. They are fodder for opponents to start a raging fire of public anger designed to raise new leaders.
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Three Questions for a Meaningful Career
I'll never forget the guttural moan of the woman across the aisle from me, in seat 26D. It was nearly primal, a combination of bass, regret, woe, shame and despair. I can't blame her. I'd do the same thing if I realized I was at 15,000 feet on my way to the wrong city.
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Don't Be 'Incurious'
How can one sit at the intersection of faith and life and not be curious?
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Faithful Leaders Make Worship a Priority
Most of us need a place—a physical yet sacred space—where we can go to devote ourselves to a focused encounter with the very presence of God. Jesus himself spent considerable time around the Temple in Jerusalem. He recognized and utilized its value as a center for the people of God to encounter the life-changing presence of God.
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Faithful Leaders Practice the Gift of Wisdom
To some, Solomon's request for wisdom was admirable, and God's decision to grant him this and the wealth he did not ask for was a confirmation of the goodness of his request. To others, his response was manipulative.
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Faithful Leaders Discern the Lord's Wisdom
Like many Americans, our presidents have expressed their dependence on God and sought God's blessing. Some presidents have been very private about their faith. Others have been accused of parading their piety. Of course, discerning Christians listen to pious presidential statements with caution, hoping for integrity and watching for evidence of authentic faith in personal practices and public policies.
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Understanding the Times, and What We Should Do
On Saturday I met with the Coordinating Council of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for the last time. Here are the challenges I presented.
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How Churches Might Face the Coming Crises
An earlier column talked about several converging crises--energy, economy and environment. Since then the price of gas has gone down! Proof that I was wrong. Not!
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Churches at the End of Oil and Other Crises
Last November, I posed the question in a blog, "If gas hits $4/gal, what will your church do?" We are beyond $4/gallon gas now, and the future looks different than we ever thought it would just a couple of years back. But, there are other crises which will affect churches in the next few years:
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Academic Credentials of Conservative Canadian Leaders Questioned
Top leaders of a conservative activist group often quoted in Canadian media as representing Judeo-Christian moral values pad their resumes with degrees from unaccredited schools.
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Making Interruptions Into a Ministry
It's not unusual to get a phone call and be asked, "Are you busy?" Now that question is tricky. Of course I stay busy. If I'm in the office, I'm not doing crossword puzzles.
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Quarter-Life Crisis
I'm 26 years old and I have, thankfully, already passed through my quarter life crisis.
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Great Preachers Wear Dresses
What do Karen Armstrong, Kathleen Norris and Anne Rice have in common? Actually, they share several similarities. They are all white women born in the 1940s who have been heavily influenced by the Catholic tradition and are prolific and acclaimed English-language authors.
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Hunt's Biography Updated, Canadian Religious Leader Comes Under Criticism for Diploma Mill
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's Web site has been updated to include two honorary degrees in his biographical sketch from schools identified by EthicsDaily.com as diploma mills.
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What Is Wrong with Diploma Mills?
Theological diploma mills are a significant problem of moral integrity. If ministers will take educational shortcuts and misrepresent their ministerial training, then they will probably cut corners and engage in deception on other church fronts. If prominent ministers claim honorary degrees from diploma mills, they validate these entities, making them credible options for younger ministers.
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New SBC President Has a Resume Problem
The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a credibility problem.
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Churches Use 'An Inconvenient Truth' as Teaching Tool
There's a valuable teaching tool for pastors and religious educators willing to take a little political risk: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," say two congregational leaders who have shown the film in Baptist churches.
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Prominent SBC Pastor Survives Ouster Vote
A prominent Southern Baptist Convention pastor being sued by parishioners who accuse him of misspending church money and withholding financial records kept his job Sunday in a confidence vote, the latest round in a publicized dispute dividing a high-profile Tennessee mega-church.
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Preachers Are What's Wrong With the World
"Preachers," said Lewis Perkins, "are what's wrong with the world."
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Guidelines for the Political 'Crazy Season'
What's a Christian to do during the political "crazy season"--i.e. the race for the presidency of the United States? When asked, I usually answer in terms of what a Christian should and should not do.
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