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6 Reasons to Stay at Your Church as Long as Possible
by Paul Lamey

With sweat pouring down my cheek, he said to me: "Put your head down; focus on the path before you. Don't look to the right or the left. Take your time. Don't finish quick but finish well." This is how my dad taught me to mow the lawn. This is also wisdom for maintaining longevity in ministry. I find that it is rare for pastors to stay in one church for long, much less to stay in one place until their ministry is complete. Half the ministers beginn... Read More

So, You Failed…Here Are Your next 4 Steps
by Ben Liles

I can't believe it... It's over... I'll never be able to recover... In all my years of working with church planters and other ministers, these words still break my heart like no other. I have cried with and for them, and I have worked through the pain that follows. Many of these people feel called to lead or pastor, and for reasons unbeknownst to them at the time, they are closing their churches or having to leave ministry. As a counsel... Read More

The Necessity of Preaching Impractical Applications
by Eric McKiddie

Our congregations often judge us based on how practical our application is. If it is obvious how the sermon ought to affect one's life, then it was a good sermon. But if they stroll out to their cars without knowing what one or two behaviors to change, your church will be disappointed. If you are getting a steady flow of visitors you are trying to retain and assimilate, the pressure to be practical is even greater. Who wants to be labeled "irrelevant" by folks who ar... Read More

5 Reasons Why Pastors Don't Preach on Gluttony
by Joe McKeever

A cartoon shows a sign in front of a caf: "Specializing in meals that leave you bloated and lethargic, followed by self-loathing." A man says to his wife, "I liked it better when they called it comfort food." I know the feeling, friend. A while back, I was in another state speaking for two nights. The first morning after I had arrived, I had gotten up early and found a downtown diner that catered to the locals. I met a lot of ... Read More

3 Big Opportunities That Busy Pastors Miss
by Eric McKiddie

Busyness in ministry is an epidemic. As our world moves faster and faster, pastors are being sucked into a vortex of tasks, projects, emails, and goals. The problem is that when you get overwhelmed, you get tunnel vision. Your perspective of your church becomes as narrow as your to-do list. What inevitably happens is that the important, but not urgent aspects of ministry get pushed to the bottom of the list. Yet, if we are honest, it is in those important, but not urgent areas... Read More

3 Keys to Martin Luther King's Powerful Preaching
by Russell Moore

It's been over fifty years since the famous civil rights march on Washington. The most powerful moment of that historic event was, of course, the message delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-now one of the most iconic speeches in American history. The refrain is one that is so embedded in the American memory that most people know the speech simply as the "I have a dream" speech. Here are a few things about Dr. King's message that, if applied, could profoundly strengthen ... Read More

4 Ways to Find God's Grace in Our Failures
by Joe Thorn

If you haven't figured it out yet let me encourage you to see something that will greatly help you. Not all of your ideas are good. Some of them are bad. And God will often let you flail and fail out there for very good purposes. And when you fail do not lose the opportunity to find grace in the midst of it. I believe this is especially important for pastors to understand. It's one of the most important lessons I have learned in 16 years of pastoral ministry: failure is to be... Read More

Facing the Funeral of an Unbeliever
by Brian G. Hedges

I was thirty years old and less than two years into my second pastorate. The phone rang and I answered to learn that the father of someone in our church had died suddenly. Would I do the funeral? I had never met the deceased man and knew nothing about his spiritual condition. And this was my first funeral. I had no idea what to do. Thankfully, my own father (a veteran pastor of many years) was visiting us that weekend. I sought his advice, was able to give at least some ... Read More

3 Reasons Why Christianity Doesn't Need to Be Cool
by Ryan Duncan

Does anyone remember the time Warheads became a fad? I must have been around seven years old when they first appeared on my school playground, these tiny little candies that were so sour they could make your eyes water. Their appearance sparked a massive social shift among my classmates. Suddenly your level of popularity depended on how much tartness your taste buds could endure. You could eat a strawberry warhead? Big deal, those were for babies. If you were really cool, you'd be able ... Read More

8 Things I Like and 5 Things I Hate about Church
by Joe McKeever

One: I like the idea of church. A regular gathering of the redeemed to worship, remember, nurture one another, hammer out questions, and hold one another accountable. After all, "it is not good for man to be alone." We were made needing one another, and do not function well in isolation. Show me a Christian who can please God better alone than with other believers and I'll show you a one-of-a-kind, something never before seen on planet Earth. Th... Read More

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