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7 Things Pastors’ Wives Wish You Knew

In honor of the women in our lives and churches, I surveyed a group of pastors’ wives for their thoughts on ministry and marriage.

Why You May Not Be Growing As a Church

Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you’re not growing, something is wrong.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 12, 2014 |
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Sip Your Americano, Then Pick Up Your Sword

Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.

6 Marks of a Maturing Church

In Acts 9:31, a description is made of how the church was beginning to mature and minister in a hostile culture. I find that there are six marks in this single verse.

Good News about Bad Churches

The problem with churches? That would be flawed human beings. So, how can we still call the church holy? Because Jesus.

Why Doesn't My Church Have a Singles Ministry?

Does your church have a thriving singles ministry? Or is the leadership fumbling for excuses?

"Spontaneous" Baptisms

There has been much talk of late about “spontaneous” baptisms. As a result, some have questioned whether it should be offered at all. So should it?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 30, 2014 |
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Sister Sarah & The Bell: Lessons for the New Pastor

How does a new pastor learn about a congregation? It starts with discovering the stories already in the church.

  • William H. Lamar IV |
  • April 28, 2014 |
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How to Measure Your Ministry by Biblical Standards

You work hard to do your best in ministry, but is it accomplishing much? Here are five essential principles for doing ministry biblically.

God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge -- A Response to Matthew Vines

In God and the Gay Christian, Vines argues that “Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships.”

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?

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