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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


A Pokémon Advent
by Dustin Leimgruber

I am a Pokémon Go playing pastor. About 5 months ago, I noticed someone standing outside my study window playing with their phone. Apparently the church building, more specifically the sign directly outside my study, is a pokéstop. I’ve been playing ever since. If you a...


What Is the Main Job for Every Pastor?
by Jeff Schreve

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  2 Timothy 4:1-2  In 1996, ...


Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
by Cory Mansfield

In this brief excerpt from a sermon delivered by J. Ligon Duncan III, we get an encouragement on where he sees trends going with expositional preaching, while at the same time presenting a sobering reality on the content of that expositional preaching. He makes a compelling case for preachers to ref...


Why Kids Need Exegetical Bible Teaching for the Long Haul
by Cameron Cole

I remember the most influential piece of wisdom I received in my first year of youth ministry. Over Starbucks, I met with my former pastor, Mark, who had introduced me to the Gospel of grace five years earlier. He had worked with Young Life for several years before becoming a church planter.  ...


9 Resources to Help You Prepare for and Preach a Funeral
by Cory Mansfield

If you have the privilege of serving as a Pastor for more than a few months, then it’s probably safe to say that you will be preaching at a funeral at least one time…if not hundreds over the course of your role as Pastor. People live, and people die. The timing, circumstances, and belie...


Pastor, Are You Reading the Bible for Yourself?
by Jeff Medders

Sermons, small groups, lessons, counseling, discipleship meetings—pastors are constantly reaching for the Good Book as we go through the week. Our calendar often requires us to open the Bible to feed God’s sheep. And there’s a danger here. One of the scary truths of being a pastor...


How the Love of God Helps Us Walk in Holiness
by C.D. "Jimmy" Agan III

Walking in Holiness, Walking in the Love of God The testimony of Scripture is clear: if we want to walk in the way of holiness, the love of God is indispensable to our progress. God’s love for his people is the foundation for all holy living and our love for him its most essential mark. In tu...


4 Ways Missionaries Can Leave Well for the Field
by Phil Bartuska

For those planning to go overseas as missionaries, there will come a day when they and their families board a plane with one-way tickets in hand. They’ll be nervous but confident that God is making a way for them to take the gospel to the unreached. Every missionary has this experience in com...


Preaching Points: 10 Tips for Using Social Media to Support Your Preaching Ministry
by Mike Glenn

If you had told me 30 years ago when I was still in seminary that I would have staff members waiting for me to give them a part of my sermon in 140 characters or less, I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. None of us would have. The digital and social media revolution that has dev...


My Life as a Suburban Church Planter
by Ross Lester

Yesterday, I had the rare privilege of sharing some thoughts with my brothers and sisters at the Acts 29 Global Gathering in Nashville, TN. It has been a remarkable time together and I love this family more than ever. I was tasked to speak for fifteen minutes on things I have learned as church plant...