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Surprising Reasons You Should Be More Intentional About Evangelism This Year

Although fear in sharing the gospel is a reality most struggle with, studies show we have reasons for evangelism to be part of our conversations. Read More The post Surprising Reasons You … more

Parents Want to Raise Ethical Kids, Not Necessarily Religious Ones

Most parents want to raise "good" kids, but they're less concerned about whether their children share their religious beliefs as adults. Read More The post Parents Want to Raise Ethical … more

3 Questions to Evaluate Your Public Pastor Persona

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you keep your private identity and public pastor persona aligned. Read More The post 3 Questions to Evaluate Your Public Pastor Persona … more

Waking Up to the Realities of Preaching to Sleepy Congregants

We are at times frail. Love your sleepy congregants where they are. Even when that means they're in the land of Nod.… more

10 Steps to Better Prepare Your Church to Respond to Trauma

Trauma is all around us. Here are 10 best practices to use as Spiritual First Aid tools to help your church become more trauma-informed. Read More The post 10 Steps to Better Prepare Your … more

Public Trust in Pastors Falls to Historic Low

Trust in pastors fell for the third straight year and reached an all-time low of 34%, according to the latest Gallup survey. Read More The post Public Trust in Pastors Falls to Historic … more

Discipling Your Congregation to Understand the Importance of the Church

Most Americans say worshiping alone is a valid replacement for regularly attending church. How do you teach the importance of the church? … more

God’s Love Fuels Churches’ Refugee Ministries

More than 4 in 5 pastors (86%) believe Christians have a responsibility to sacrificially care for refugees and foreigners. How are some churches doing just that? Read More The post God’s … more

Pandemic Severed Loose Connections for Many Irregular Church Attendees

Instead of radical changes among all churchgoers, the pandemic most likely significantly altered the habits of less frequent church attendees. Read More The post Pandemic Severed Loose … more

Many Americans Left Church Attendance in Their Childhood

While 50% of U.S. adults say they attended church weekly as children, only 22% continue church attendance at the same rate today. Read More The post Many Americans Left Church Attendance … more

U.S. Hispanic Protestant Landscape Full of Growing, Vibrant Churches

U.S. Protestant Hispanic churches are finding success in building community within their congregations and reaching those outside their walls. Read More The post U.S. Hispanic Protestant … more

4 Reasons to Pursue Unity, Not Political Alignment in Your Church

Man’s kingdoms are not God’s kingdom. Here are four reasons pursuing political alignment is not the same as pursuing church unity. Read More The post 4 Reasons to Pursue Unity, Not … more

How to Equip Your Church to do the Work of Ministry

Though you desire to share ministry with others, you might wonder about their ability to lead. How do you equip others for ministry?… more

6 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Human Dignity

Human dignity isn’t just a concept for adults but one we should teach our kids. They need a robust theology of the imago Dei. … more

6 Insights for Teaching Your Church the Theology of Adoption

What you communicate about adoption matters. Here are six things to keep in mind when teaching about adoption in your church. Read More The post 6 Insights for Teaching Your Church the … more

5 Ways to Teach the Art of Dying: Recognizing the Sanctity of Life Through all of Life

Everyone’s going to die, but no one wants to talk about it. Living well as Christians requires that we rediscover the art of dying well. Read More The post 5 Ways to Teach the Art of … more

3 Reasons Abortion Is a Gospel Issue

If you want to help your congregation establish their beliefs on abortion, consider three ways the abortion issue is actually a gospel issue. Read More The post 3 Reasons Abortion Is a … more

3 Reminders for the Church on MLK Day

This year marks the 40th federally celebrated MLK Day and reminds the church we are called to love, sacrifice, and trust in God's providence. Read More The post 3 Reminders for the Church … more

How Can Churches Create Space for Organic Mentoring Relationships?

Organic mentoring relationships enable pastors to steer their congregations with discipleship that harnesses the changing cultural currents.… more

10 Books Pastors Should Read This Year

What will you read this year? Pastors should consider adding these books to their lists, as they pursue growth and lead their congregations. Read More The post 10 Books Pastors Should Read … more
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