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The Friendship That Changed the Church—And the World

In the 1970’s, an unlikely friendship formed that would catalyze the movement that moved our influential pastors to become leaders.

Depression and the Ministry

Pastor Bill and his wife Lisa had a growing church and a good marriage, but something was wrong. For over six months Bill felt tired much of the time.

  • Association of Biblical Counselors |
  • April 18, 2014 |
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How Not to Minister to the Hurting

Unfortunately, you will not believe what some well-meaning Christians say to a bereaved parent or the family member of someone tragically injured.

Preachers Should Be Like Naughty Kids

Unless the faith of preachers is in Christ alone–-and not in any other person, ecclesiastical institution, theological system, moral prescription, or master recipe for human loveliness–they will be of very little use in the pulpit.

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • April 16, 2014 |
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Teachability

I’ve found myself talking increasingly about the defining character trait of those who join and grow with an organization; the defining mark of someone who truly succeeds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 15, 2014 |
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3 Keys to Training Up Leaders in Your Church

It is the responsibility of the local church to train, affirm, and send pastors into ministry. Seminaries and colleges are significant aids to this end, but they cannot replace the church.

When Your Pastor Fails: 5 Biblical Facts

Bob Coy resigned as pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale after an unspecified "moral failing." For all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts.

8 Benefits to Bivocational Ministry

"Bivocational" simply means that the minister must work a second job in addition to serving a church. It does not mean that the minister is "part-time."

6 Ways to Manage Easter Expectations

This is not a game. Not a show. And perfection? Not a chance. So before Easter arrives, now is the time to manage expectations.

The Pressure of Easter Preaching

Pastor, do you feel a pressure on Easter unlike other Sundays? What if we simply preach that Christ was crucified, buried and rose again?

57 Good Friday/Easter Sermons

Use these biblical resources to help prepare for this weekend.

Confessions of an Insignificant Pastor

"80 percent of pastors quit the ministry in their first five years, and 1,200 ministers leave the ministry each month. Who ministers to the pastor today? Where does the minister go for help?" --Mark Elliott, author of Confessions of an Insignificant Pastor

How Do I Prepare a Sermon for a Funeral?

A funeral sermon should not exceed 20 minutes and should highlight these three categories, preferably expounded from Scripture...

Is an Online Church Really a Church?

Should churches make it possible to “attend” without ever leaving your house?

The Top 12 Things for a Pastor to Remember Just Before Sunday Morning Worship

This is the moment the preacher has had on his mind and heart all week long. Now, he has done this for years, and by now you would think he's got it down to a science and he can do this blindfolded--lead worship, read scripture, offer prayers, preach the Word, inspire the congregation--but not so. This is not like anything else anyone on the planet does.

Is it Wrong for a Christian to Have a Drink of Alcohol?

This is not just an American issue but I live here so I will talk about what I know.

The Congregation's 10 Commandments of Preaching

In the absence of a union to let pastors know how the congregation is receiving their sermons, we are hereby taking it upon ourselves to act on their behalf.

How We Could Be Bigger

Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), where I have the privilege of serving as senior pastor, has a clear ten-year vision. And for us, how we reach our goals matter as much as the goals themselves. Because the “how” is about the way we live our lives.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 26, 2014 |
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Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor

In thinking about my amount of preparation, it is difficult to land on how many hours it takes. The main reason is that it feels as if every spare moment often leads to thinking about the next sermon.

Can Social Media Save the Church’s “Brand”?

The church’s perception is hurting. Big time. Is social media one of the ways we can change that?

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