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17 Ministry Struggles Pastors Face

Pastors face different ministry struggles, but they share what Paul refers to as the daily pressure on him: a concern for churches.… more

What Does the Bible Say About Refugees?

As refugee and immigration issues make daily headlines, pastors can disciple their churches to consider what the Bible says about refugees. Read More The post What Does the Bible Say About … more

3 Practices That Reveal the Power of a Vulnerable Pastor

A simple leadership decision by Ezekiel gives us at least three practices that can help us harness the power of a vulnerable pastor. Read More The post 3 Practices That Reveal the Power of … more

6 Essentials to Onboard and Train New Volunteers

You can’t effectively onboard, train, and equip volunteers until you’ve clarified and simplified ministry systems and processes for them. Read More The post 6 Essentials to Onboard and … more

Video: Dealing With Stress in Ministry

How can pastors deal with the stress associated with ministry? Remind themselves that the church doesn't belong to them. Read More The post Video: Dealing With Stress in Ministry appeared … more

5 Steps for Leading Your Church Through Change

Some changes are more difficult than others, but these five steps will help you be more successful at leading your church through change. Read More The post 5 Steps for Leading Your Church … more

8 Largest Areas of Concern for U.S. Congregations

When asked to name their greatest concern for their congregations, leaders most frequently mentioned a need for growth. Read More The post 8 Largest Areas of Concern for U.S. Congregations … more

Revisiting Your Call to Ministry

As you revisit your own call to ministry, take time to both celebrate it and call out the called wherever you serve. Read More The post Revisiting Your Call to Ministry appeared first on … more

Southern Baptists see baptisms and giving rebound in 2021

Southern Baptist congregations saw a rebound in the number of baptisms and an increase of $304 million in overall giving in 2021, both hopeful signs congregations are recovering from the COVID-19 … more

7 Ways Your Church Can Lead in a Post-Roe World

How does the church become the safest place for women facing unplanned pregnancies in a post-Roe world? What does this look like in practice? Read More The post 7 Ways Your Church Can Lead … more

Video: A Pastor’s Response to Apathy in the Church

Bobby Pell, discusses the Greatest Needs of Pastors study and how pastors might respond when they see apathy in the church. Read More The post Video: A Pastor’s Response to Apathy in … more

3 Steps for Welcoming Kids with Special Needs at VBS

We want to welcome families affected by disabilities, so we take steps to make their kids with special needs comfortable at VBS. Last summer on the final day of VBS, I stood at the … more

Apathy in Churches Looms Large for Pastors

Three in 4 U.S. Protestant pastors (75%) say apathy or lack of commitment is a people dynamic they find challenging in their congregations. Read More The post Apathy in Churches Looms … more

Fixing our Firsts and Lasts: Trading Our Screens for Scripture

Is your time in the Bible and your time with a screen in the proper proportions? The contrast can be embarrassing and convicting. Read More The post Fixing our Firsts and Lasts: Trading … more

How to Train People for Spiritual Conversations

Have you heard the recent news about evangelism? Some non-Christians seem willing to engage in spiritual conversations, but many Christians are not. Read More The post How to Train People … more

10 Ways to Invest in Moms All Year Long

According to a recent survey, 93% of mothers feel burned out, at least occasionally. How can your church cultivate mothers’ flourishing beyond Mother's Day? Read More The post 10 Ways to … more

5 Areas of Life as a Pastor You Can’t Ignore

Much like many parents use a marker to measure their kids’ heights, we need to look at the line over the past few years and ask: “Have I grown?” Read More The post 5 Areas of Life as … more

4 Factors That Help Open Doors for Evangelism

Your non-Christian friend may be hesitant to talk about faith, but many are more than willing to have those conversations. Read More The post 4 Factors That Help Open Doors for Evangelism … more

5 Fatal Flaws in Ministry

Pastors are normal people. Like in any believer, sin in the life of a pastor is deadly. Here are five fatal flaws in ministry to look for. Read More The post 5 Fatal Flaws in Ministry … more

11 Tips for Supporting a Church Plant

The oldest churches in America have been around for 400-500 years, but these churches started somewhere—just like the church you’re planting. … more
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