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Do You Think of Your Church as a Country Club?

A biblical understanding of church membership is a desperate need in today’s evangelical churches.

Sermons are Easy; the Hard Part is Having a Word From God.

The problem I have with preachers deciding to "preach through the Bible" is that it assumes any sermon you bring from any text is God's Word for your flock for that day.

Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution

It's time for every church to be crystal-clear on this issue. Adding marriage to your church constitution won’t solve all the problems, but it may save you from trouble down the road.

7 Questions for Discouraged Pastors to Ask Themselves

“The hope of glory (Rom 5:2) and the promise of a reward for our toil is the final catalyst for encouraging us as pastors.”

How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart, Part 3: Self-Denial

There is yet another reason which kept Paul from losing heart: self-denial. In other words, he had taken up his cross to die that others might live. There are several things in Paul’s attitude of self-denial which we must notice.

  • Founders Ministries Blog |
  • June 26, 2013 |
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Church Integrity and Compliance with the Law

Complying with the law is a fundamental principle for churches desiring to model integrity.

Should We Stop Saying, “The Church Hurt Me”?

I’m always grieved for the person experiencing the hurt. It’s never pretty to be dominated by pain. So here’s one pastor’s simple plea:

4 Questions to Check Your Church Culture

Sure, you can check the church’s doctrinal statement to find out what the people believe. You can see from the church calendar what programs run and how active people are in church activities. But the calendar and confession don’t necessarily tell you about the church’s culture.

How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart, Part 2: Preaching the Gospel

Mercy received enabled Paul to trust God's method of bringing the same message of mercy to others: preaching the gospel.

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  • June 18, 2013 |
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How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart, Part 1: Mercy

Paul found a way to keep from losing heart in his ministry, even though his trials in the world and the church likely were great.

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  • June 18, 2013 |
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Haters Gonna Hate: How to Deal with 3 Kinds of Hate Mail

There are seasons when pastors receive more hate mail than normal, and now is probably one of them, when churches and pastors are taking courageous yet unpopular stands on numerous moral issues. So what should we do when the haters start hating?

Seven Viruses That Infect the Church

In the Church, bad ideas and wrong-headed philosophies function in the same way as viruses. They infect a church, and as members and leaders interact with other churches, the infection is spread.

Conquering Church Cliques: How to Welcome Others

Learn how to have a warm, inviting church.

Father’s Day: When Daddy Is Absent

When I joined a church, my pastor became the first example of what a faithful, wise, godly father and husband was supposed to look like.

Diversity and Friendship

Diversity is not a word in the Bible but by definition we cannot escape it. And why would we want to? Diversity is a beautiful reflection of God’s creation.

But I want a big ministry

How often do we overlook ministry opportunities because they don't fit our idea of being big enough?

No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth: The Church's Great Challenge

We sin if we call homosexuality something other than sin. We also sin if we act as if this sin cannot be forgiven. We cannot settle for truth without love nor love without truth. The Gospel settles the issue once and for all. This great moral crisis is a Gospel crisis.

17 Ways Pastors Can Hit the “Refresh” Button

Every pastor who still wants to be in the ministry five years from now needs to take a day or two off each quarter to hit “refresh.”

Finding a Real God in a Chasm of Unreality

In a world distorted and shattered by schizophrenia, one man clings to mercy and grace.

Addressing the Widow Epidemic: Eight Great Principles from the Book of Ruth

One of the greatest unmet ministry needs in our country today is that of widows. Not the traditional widow, but single moms.

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