Your obviously busy schedule aside, how much time are you spending in prayer each day?
It's at these particular times when a pastor needs to guard himself against attacks, whether they're intentional or not.
Here's what happens to a church leader when he or she becomes captivated by their religious system or dead institution.
While you may be considered the experts on teaching youth about the Word of God, middle-school Christian blogger Tiffany Sullivan has a few words of wisdom for your students' parents that could make a huge impact on their home lives.
In the final installment of a 3-part series, Ed Stetzer joins David Platt, Frank Page and Trevin Wax for a round-table discussion on how salvation and God's mission connect.
Here's why pastors—people who can offer true hope—should be aware of the myths surrounding suicide and what to do when people are desperate.
When well-known preachers and Christian artists fall, it shocks us. But could that be because we sometimes elevate them to a status reserved only for God?
Is your ministry motivated by the pleasure of God or by some worldly force?
Every ministry goes through dry spells now and then when things get stagnant. Here are 4 suggestions to help get it back on track.
How would you evaluate your ministry with these 10? Are there 1 or 2 that you want to focus on?
Discover how this elusive factor will enable you to live in a way in which your passion, your body, your mind, your love, your religion, your information, your work and your play are all 1.
The younger generation has been much maligned by the church as 'worldly,' but it may surprise you how this group is making an impact locally.
Growing up, children of pastors can face a lot of added pressures. Here's how you can minister to them and keep them excited about the church.
Here are some explanations for how the concept of tithing at many churches has become dysfunctional.
Here's how wishful thinking can set up a congregation for big disappointment.
A survey of the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals revealed some crucial elements that are present in churches that have experienced solid growth.
In an excerpt from his latest book, Bishop Joseph Mattera reveals a key to experiencing the heart of God.
Some sow seeds, and others reap a harvest. Here's why you may be 1 of the former.
Here's why church officials must exercise great care in choosing leaders who are solid, Blood-washed believers filled with a balance of grace and truth.
In the 2nd installment of a 3-part series, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer explains what it takes to reflect God's mission in your life.
The trend may not have been relevant in the past, but find out why pastors who work 2 jobs are beginning to make a big difference for God's Kingdom.
Whether it's unintentional or not, here are some things that can repel visitors away from your doors.
What is your ultimate goal when you tackle cultural issues of the day? Or is that something you ignore altogether?
Pastors, if you don't have a small groups ministry in your church, here's how it can improve the quality of life for the members of your congregation.
Have the dog days of August got you feeling a bit lethargic or discouraged? Here are some things for ministry leaders to remember when you're feeling physically and emotionally fatigued.
Does your ministry have a singular, obsessive focus? Does that one thing match the one thing Jesus gave his disciples?
Here's why media consultant Phil Cooke thinks it's a mistake to allow the congregation to watch and listen to the worship team rehearse.
You might consider your iPhone to be your "lifeblood," but you might be surprised at how much more effective you can be at your job if you simply powered it down once in a while.
Are the laborers few in your children's ministry? This may be why.
Do you often struggle with the morning after, no matter what happened on Sunday morning? Here are some suggestions.
Are we as American believers wrongly interpreting the Bible through the lens of culture?
What questions do you ask yourself to monitor your progress in the ministry? Are there any that you would add to this list?
Do you ever feel like your congregation has an unteachable spirit? Here are some things to try when circumstances get discouraging.
In the first of a 3-part series, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer exposes the enemy's plan to focus missions on the wrong thing. Don't be ignorant of the devil's devices.
What are you doing to connect with parents? Have you reached out to them instead of waiting for them to reach out to you?
There are many reasons God requires men of courage to deliver His message. Here are only a few of them.
Senior pastors, here are some suggestions to help your assistant ministers become happier, more productive members of your staff.
LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer recently conducted a poll on how long churchgoers want to sit still and listen to pastor preach. The results may surprise you.
If you are struggling to get readers to your Internet blog, you might want to try this.
Have you ever felt there was a time when God wasn't listening to you? Here's one character flaw that could prompt God to turn a deaf ear.
Here's how to optimize your time spent with God—and feel good about it.
How do you handle such a situation? Here are five "P's" that can help you when you're harried and hurried.
If you're doing any, some or all of these things, you could be working longer and harder than you need to.
Before you preach next Sunday, Rick Warren wants you to ask yourself one question that could change everything.
Pastors, lock on to this one concept and you'll find a great deal more success in both areas.
Are you and your staff simply focused on putting more bodies in the pews or on making disciples? Here are some things that can help with the latter.
If this particular element isn't involved when starting a new church, George Wood says you may simply be building on sinking sand.
Are you really serious about the message you're trying to get across? Media consultant Phil Cooke says some books, while helpful, miss the mark with the really important aspects of God's Kingdom.
Where do we find God's will? There are several popular teachings that may sound good but actually could lead you down the wrong path.
You may never have to be the bearer of bad news to good people, but you should tuck these four points away just in case...