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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


The Top Eight Signs of an Emotionally Unhealthy Christian
by Pete Scazzero

A number of years ago I had to face the fact that I would never grow spiritually beyond my level of health emotionally. I had many unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior that had dug ruts in my soul, and they were wreaking havoc in my personal life and in the church I was leading....


Why the Call to Preach Is Unique
by John Piper

In a Class by Itself Expository exultation is a unique kind of communication. It is something not brought from the world into the service of the church. Nor can the world take it from the church and use it for its own purposes. It is different, radically different, from anything in the world. Firs...


4 Simple Tips on How to Be a Better Listener
by Marion Clark

In my previous article, “The Art of Listening,” I noted that while listening well can be difficult, it is not complex. The difficulty lies more in our motivation and assumptions. The nuts and bolts are few, and assembly is much simpler than putting together an IKEA bookshelf. 1. Give si...


The Soul’s Trust in the Sovereign’s Care
by David Powlison

This excerpt comes from David Powlison’s new book God’s Grace in Your Suffering and is titled The Soul’s Trust in the Sovereign’s Care. The excerpt looks at 1 Peter 4:19 which says “Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust...


Leading through Change
by Landon Reynolds

Change is a word that causes most churches to cringe at its mention. In other facets of life, people endure change, and it is usually embraced, because most societies believe in order to become better and more productive, change must take place. Email is a great example of this. A person can quickly...


Charles Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Christ in a Christly Manner.
by Michael Reeves

All of Charles Spurgeon’s advice to the preacher who aims, as he did, to woo for Christ was summed up in an address he gave at the Pastors’ College in 1881, titled “Preach Christ in a Christly Manner.” His students were all expecting him to urge them to preach Christ, and he ...


The Preacher’s Call: Not Originality, but the Stirring of Memory
by Jeffrey D. Arthurs

The following is an excerpt from Jeffrey D. Arthur’s new book, Preaching As Reminding. The phrase “the Lord’s remembrancers” was coined in 1594 by Lancelot Andrewes, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth and King James I, in a sermon titled “Remember Lot’s Wife.&rdquo...


Expecting Biblical Leadership
by Juan Sanchez

It should come as no surprise that if we are going to lead others well, we have to be credible leaders ourselves. Not only is the church watching; other leaders are watching us too. But soon, rather than later, we need to expect others to display and practice biblical leadership. Since seminary, I&r...


4 Ways to Have Confidence in Your Calling
by Luke McElroy

You’ve probably seen this statistic floating around Facebook recently. The statistic read: 97% of pastors have been betrayed or accused by their trusted friends. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the source of this study, so for all I know, it could be entirely made up. But it did get m...


The Inexhaustible Masterpiece
by Robert Dawson

They say that students and lovers of art will spend weeks sitting before a single masterpiece by one of the great artists.  Some repeat this process year after year. To fully enjoy such a masterful work of art they deem it necessary to immerse themselves in a painting for prolonged periods of t...