Joe’s 10 Iron-clad Rules for Success In the Ministry.. Some of Which May Work

You’re new in the ministry, right?  And you want to do well, of course. You have definitely come to the right place, friend.  Pull...

Churches Are Not Christian Cruise Ships

Is it possible that your church isn’t a perfect fit for everyone? Everyone is welcome, but maybe another church might meet their unique and individual...

Churches Should Close the Pay Gap for Women on Staff

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my (almost) 20 years of ministry. At first, I didn’t do much to solve the problem. I should...

The Most Frightening Thing About Preaching

It’s actually several facets of the same thing:  I’m speaking for God. Imagine such a thing. Lives hang in the balance. People are making decisions about God based...

Five Essential Sources for Sermon Illustrations and Why They Are Important

Preaching is a grind I welcome every week. Expositing God’s Word is one of the toughest but most rewarding aspects of being a pastor....

How to Create a Culture of Accountability In Your Organization

An organization without accountability is an organization with chaos. We’ve all seen it with an unruly child. The parent doesn’t hold the child accountable...

How Churches Will Grow In 2024 – by Jim Graff

Healthy pastors have healthy churches. Sadly, many pastors are not healthy. They’re disconnected from the friendships they need, the information they need, to succeed....

The Moribund Church

We’ve done extensive research and provided a number of resources on churches that have died. The reason we’ve conducted these “autopsies” on deceased churches...

The Young Pastor Is Not yet Ready to Lead a Bigger Church. Here’s Why.

“We do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). For good reason the Lord...

3 “new” Post-easter Opportunities

As church leaders, we need to be careful not to let up or be let down after Easter. These two post-Easter responses are very common. “Let’s take a break.”The work to...
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4 Things to Consider When Using Ai for Business

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage right now. It feels like everybody is using it. That’s because many people are utilizing the new tool of the...

Some Preaching Is a Waste of Time

I love some of the specialized channels on Sirius XM satellite radio. At one point, they replaced the channel playing big band music of...

7 Priorities to Navigate the “beauty and the Beast” of Career Ministry

Working on a church team for few years is great, but when you invest your lifetime career effort and energy, it’s a different ball...