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In this section, you will find current and beneficial resources to help you as you seek to become a better leader, equipper, pastor, shepherd, preacher, etc. Here you will find practical how-to articles from leading pastors, book reviews, and excerpts from new book releases as well as classics, encouragement from pastors who have gone before, as well as leadership articles to help you lead more effectively


39 Essential Mobile Apps for Every Preacher
by Angela Bainter

Every week you work to prepare a home run sermon while juggling the other demands of a pastor, which often keep you on the go. If you struggle to find time to sit down and prepare an entire sermon, this list of mobile sermon prep resources will transform the way you write your sermons. We did the re...


The Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet
by Tim Challies

Preparing a sermon is one of the most gratifying and the most difficult tasks you’ll ever face. There is joy in finding meaning in the text, in finding structure, in developing just the right outline, in discovering the perfect illustration. But there is also labor and, at times, intense spiri...


Help! My Sermon Application Is Stuck in a Rut
by Matthew Harmon

When it comes to the sermon preparation process, application is often one of the most challenging aspects. But if we're honest, we can easily fall into a rut. No matter what the main thrust of the passage is, we can find ourselves gravitating to our favorite hobby horse issues. Or we fall back on ge...


Building a Preaching Team – Part II: Calendars, Rhythms and Getting Everyone on the Same Page
by Ross Lester

Some time ago I wrote about some of the reasons that we were beginning to pursue a preaching team strategy at BBC. You can find that article here. It got a fairly significant and diverse response from right across the world. The responses mixed from applause to cynicism, but behi...


3 Questions to Ask before You Do Anything the Bible Tells You to Do
by Brian Fletcher

Whenever I read a passage of Scripture, whether it's in my personal devotions or to prepare for a study, my first question is always, ''What am I supposed to do?'' Now, there is nothing wrong with this question. Each passage of Scripture does have some call to action. God does have a lot of stuff f...


Building a Preaching Team: How and Why We Have Changed Our Preaching Calendar
by Ross Lester

Quite a few people have spoken to me about how they have noticed that the preaching calendar has changed at BBC this year. I have even had some chirps (well meaning I am sure) asking me if I have retired, or if I am being disciplined, as people aren't seeing as much of me in the pulpit as they used ...


Learning to Read All over Again
by Cory Mansfield

In this fascinating excerpt from John Piper’s new book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, we learn how Pastor John learned to read, to really read at the age of 22. In this brief excerpt we will be encouraged and challenged to question how we read the Scriptures, and then to dig in again ...


Preaching the Old Testament
by Dr. Brian Fletcher

How often do you preach from the Old Testament? Do you find it easier to stick to the New Testament? The history of redemption doesn't start with the birth of Jesus, it starts in Genesis 1 and continues throughout the Old Testament and all the way to Revelation 22. Here are just a few reasons to enc...


They Have Not Rejected You, They Have Rejected Me
by Tim Challies

God’s people had rejected God’s prophet. For many years, Samuel had served the nation of Israel. Though his sons had proven wayward, he himself had remained faithful. He had served well. He had spoken the words of God to the nation. He had appointed judges to govern them. But still the d...


10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2017
by Tim Challies

With a new year dawning, many Christian families will resolve to approach family devotions with greater faithfulness in the year ahead, or perhaps even to begin family devotions for the first time. These are great resolutions! Here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help. Ten Ideas for Family Devoti...