9 prayer hacks: A cheat sheet for the spiritual life of leaders

Do you think you ought to pray more? Do you have trouble finding time for prayer? Here are nine time-saving ways to develop spiritually.
  Margaret Marcuson

Maybe God is calling you to be a small-church pastor

Karl Vaters begins his new book, Small Church Essentials with three facts that may change your perspective on small-church pastoring.
  Ronald Keener

What motivates your servant leadership?

What is your mindset when it comes to servant leadership? Does it look more like the world's definition or a biblical definition?
  Rob Streetman

The prayer God always answers

Here are four of Jesus' promises that are sure to impact your leadership.
  Bud Brown

Are spiritual disciplines legalistic?

Are spiritual disciplines focusing Christianity into a checklist of rules? Are these tasks weighing down Christians with unnecessary guilt?
  Jonathan Hayashi

3 advantages of choosing a target group

In my experience of helping churches with strategic-planning tasks, the most controversial part of the process is choosing a target or focus group.
  Brian Thorstad

5 words that say everything

These five words of gratefulness could change the way you approach life and leadership.
  Bob Russell

What does servant leadership look like?

Do you spell it s-e-r-v-i-c-e or serve-us?
  Jim Farrer

How accountable are you for self-care?

I have seen a sign at a health club that says, “The greatest gift that you can give your family is your own health.” As a servant leader, it is also the greatest gift that you can give your team.
  Mark Deterding

I'm tired of wearing a mask!

“I’ve tried, God; I’m tired, I’m lonely, I’m broken. OK, God, You’re gonna have to do it,” shares Mike Breaux, Teaching Pastor at Eastside Christian Church (Anaheim, California). Discover what it would look like to step into a community of grace.
 

Guiding cause-driven Millennials toward Christ-driven leadership

There are two things we can do to lead our cause-driven young adults to Christ-driven leadership for the cause of Christ.
  Bethany Macklin

3 reasons self-awareness makes you a better leader

Servant leadership requires a proper perspective in every situation. It's more than something you do; it's who you are.
  Ben Marshall

Leading open and closed people

When it comes to leading difficult people, who do you continue to invest in and who do you stop spending time and energy on?
  Dave Blundell

5 ways to have better relationships at church

It’s easy to focus on the negative people and interactions and spend a lot of time discussing them (if not complaining).
  Margaret Marcuson

The disciplines of disruption

Many great CEOs are also great disruptors. However, Jesus was the greatest disruptor of all time. Christian executives and business leaders would do well to follow the disruptive disciplines of the leader Jesus.
  Ken Gosnell

4 solutions to vision, mission and strategy challenges

What is vision to you? How does it differ from mission and strategy? Does it really matter how you define those terms, as long as you have an overall goal?
  Ryan Sanders

10 ways this effective leader understood and encountered culture

Excellent biblical leadership enables people to taste, smell and touch the culture of God’s kingdom. Here are 10 things Jesus understood and practiced about culture, which will help us do the same.
  Ralph Mayhew

Are you wise with your buckets of influence?

Every leader has both buckets. Good leaders know when to use the right bucket.
  Mike Mowery

Facing the invisible dragons of change

Are you facing change? Have you labeled something or someone a “dragon," a threat to your comfort zone, that God may have brought for your good, your growth or His glory?
  Julie Tilman

When discipleship and leadership development become unbalanced

What happens when we emphasize leadership development over developing disciples or focus on discipleship over leadership development?
  James Bruyn

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Jim Farrer

A broadly-trained church consultant, Jim Farrer is the founder of Vital Signs Church Consulting and ...

Charles Stone

Dr. Charles Stone is Lead Pastor at West Park Church (London, Ontario) and founder of ...