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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


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...


How to Preach Like Jesus
by Jere Phillips

You can and you can’t. Can and can’t what? You can and you can’t preach like Jesus. I know you are reading this article because it is titled “Preaching Like Jesus,” but in many ways we cannot preach like Jesus. Jesus preached as God the Son. His words were the Word of G...


Road from Emmaus
by Maxie Dunnam

Luke 23:36-49 The theme of the weeks following Easter has been “The Road from Emmaus.” I don’t know how many of the sermons preached during this time have been on the theme, because I have not been here (except once). I’ve been “on the road” from Emmaus. I was he...


10 Ways NOT to Mess up Your Easter Service
by Philip Nation

The holidays are a time that we can sometimes swing to extremes. As leaders in the church, we are not immune to the temptations. In fact, they seem to become heightened as we plan for the special services of the year. Questions are asked about maximizing impact and involving new people into the life...


The Truth about Weakness
by Dave Furman

We value human strength and earthly perfection. We admire people for “being strong” when they’re mourning a loss. We are proud of friends for “standing tall” in the face of adversity. We put images of our most talented athletes on the covers of magazines. Weakness is lo...


Common Grace: A Most Practical Doctrine
by Marion Clark

It is a doctrine that preachers might make an offhand remark about. They might toss out the phrase in a sermon, leaving it to the congregants to already understand. And for good reason: they received little teaching about it in seminary and have had little opportunity to read about it.  And yet...


7 Habits of a Healthy Church
by Casey Hough

A healthy church, like beauty, may at first seem to be in the eyes of the beholder. God’s Word leaves the church with clear instructions about the habits that lead to healthy churches. Letters like 1 Thessalonians and Philippians are often considered by scholars to be focused on encouraging th...


Why Do We Do the Things We Do?
by Paul David Tripp

It was a dramatic, game-changing moment. It’s recorded for us in Matthew 5:27–30. Jesus is unfolding the gospel principles of his kingdom. I’ve often wondered about the reaction of the crowd as he spoke these words: You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adul...


5 Reasons to Give up Something for Lent
by Dave Gustavsen

Still on the fence about whether to give something up? Here are 5 quick reasons you should go for it: 1. Discipleship.  At its core, discipleship means following and becoming more like Jesus. Early in his ministry, Jesus fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). He also assumed that his followers w...