Some pastors think they have a gift for teaching the Bible from a practical perspective. Phil Cooke explores why the Bible may be the least practical book ever written.
The recent International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta featured a discussion with prominent ministerial leaders about ways to attract millennials to church.
Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader.
Most everyone, especially leaders, can benefit from constructive criticism. But there are some critics people can simply ignore.
A pastor's salary can be a source of contention for a church's congregation and its pastor. Here's why.
Want to know how to keep the attention of your congregation when you're preaching? Here's some suggestions.
Here are some spiritual and life guidelines that can help youth ministers or pastors be all they can be. What would you add to the list?
If you are a ministerial leader and you have not been to Israel, here are some great reasons why you should plan a trip soon.
Pastor Ron Edmondson knows he can't speak for our Creator, but here are some messages that God might send out—if He were on Twitter.
Would Jesus not preach against the sex-slave trade or the abuse of children today? Bishop Joseph Mattera wants to know: So, why aren't you?
Here's why some churches simply talk the talk but don't walk the walk.
What is the difference between a good leader and a great leader? Here's how to make the distinction.
Here are some suggestions that can help ministerial leaders grow as communicators.
What does your website say about your church? Is there intentionality reflected in your site?
Pastors don't generally stay long at one church. What are your observations about pastoral tenure?
How do you introduce new songs into your worship services? Here are some suggestions.
Ministry is a marathon, not a sprint. Here's some advice as to how your children's ministry can stay successful for the long term.
How can a lead pastor handle sermon preparation while also juggling other pastoral responsibilities, like counseling and administration? Pastor Mark Driscoll has some advice for a reader on just that question.
When you preach on a certain subject, does your congregation simply listen or do they experience the text? Do you move your congregation to experience the implications of the text?
Every employee wants to feel needed. Here are some things youth leaders can do to make themselves more attractive as a worker when jobs are on the line.
Nothing will scare visitors away from your church faster than these super-spiritual flakes.
How is your church or campus ministry doing in these three aspects? Where are you strong and where do you need an upgrade?
To be honest, do you lump your students together or do you relate to them on an individual basis?
Does your church serve up a watered-down gospel or does it go the other way and make Jesus' message complicated? Here's how to avoid both scenarios.
Some churches preach false doctrines, but this one, says veteran pastor Joe McKeever, is 'about as big as they come.'
What do you do when the weight of ministry is so heavy that you feel like quitting?
Planting a church is a challenging adventure. Here are some things to keep in mind during the process.
But how can a pastor keep the pace in the marathon of ministry without burning out? Here are some suggestions to help you be more efficient.
Internationally known author and speaker Doug Stringer says future leaders need more than simply words. They need to see a revival of character and authenticity and a renewed passion and pursuit for God's presence.
Churches have the privilege of influencing and edifying one another for kingdom work. Has yours found a way to do this?
Youth group leaders, do you listen to your teens and what their spiritual needs are? Here are some words of wisdom for you—from a middle-schooler's point of view.
Relevance and attractiveness to the culture are all well and good. But, are you people-pleasing or pleasing God with your worship?
In an interview with G. Allen Jackson, pastor of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Phil Cooke explores what it will take to reach the church's men in the 21st century.
Dr. Charles Swindoll recently Tweeted a staunch warning to Christian bullies who are giving Believers a bad name.
What are the biggest reasons you've encountered that make church and ministry succession so challenging?
While it's difficult to imagine losing one child—much less two—Alpha USA Executive Director Gerard Long and his wife Jeannie know that God is still on the throne.
Here are some self-destructive things people in the ministry do to undermine their effectiveness.
If the current trend continues, ministerial leaders could be forced to officiate same-sex weddings in America. What will you do to stem that tide?
If you want to reach large audiences, read about why television continues to be a solid medium to use.
What sphere of influence are you currently residing in? Is it intentional or unintentional?
Are these some things you consider before a major decision for your church is made? What are some other ways you diagnose a potential bad decision?
Here is a plan to help your worship team flourish as worshipers, musicians and mentors. Find out how it can change the culture of your worship ministry.
Without leadership development, your ministry will plateau and eventually begin to decline. How is your church growing new leaders?
Are there unseen and unheard members of your church that have beautiful things to offer? How can you flush them out?
Despite his recent writings about the decline of the church, LifeWay's Thom Rainer says there's plenty of reason for hope.
When something extraordinary happens in your church, how do you know it is God or simply man?
Is your church stuck, in decline or simply not reaching its full potential? A merger might be the answer, but it takes work and agreement.
Are you gloomy? Do you feel like everybody's against you and it seems like the world is falling apart? Here are some tips to help you climb out of your doldrums.
Pastors, what would you add or change on this list? Church members, what do you think about these nine items?
When your congregation hears a sermon on money, many tend to protect their wallets. Here's how to approach the subject a little differently.