What do we do with painful stories?

“Sometimes the story God writes is not fun," says Jeff Vines. How do we continue to let God write our story when life hurts?
 

Shame and religion's role

The very force that should give life, often kills someone's soul.
  Dave Blundell

8 major changes in churches the past 10 years

Change or die. Such has been the reality of too many congregations.
  Thom Rainer

2 more perils of the internal candidate

This may not solve all of our internal candidacy problems, but God will be glorified if it prevents some of them.
  Brian Thorstad

7 personality types of sick churches

Sick churches become dying churches. Dying churches become closed churches.
  Thom Rainer

Is your faith strong enough to survive persecution?

This gut-wrenching account of the persecution of fellow believers should challenge us to do several things.
  Bob Russell

How to find renewal during the busy months

Sometimes your schedule doesn't slow down—especially as a pastor. Here are tips to refresh yourself in the middle of a hectic calendar.
  Jim Farrer

What's your definition of culture?

Here is a way to answer that question, and the reason why that answer is key to your organization.
 

Western Christian cultural entitlement

What if our pluralism and the hostility to all things Christian was exactly what God wants for Christians?
  Dave Blundell

Finding the right leaders

Hiring can be a daunting task. How will you take your team to the next level?
  Fred Noble

Why are we paying big bucks to watch the same plot?

There is something about movies and the stories they tell that say a lot about what we desire. But how do these fantasy stories and the reality of life intersect?
 

4 perils of the internal candidate

The senior pastor has just resigned and the associate pastor makes it known that he would like the position. Are you on the verge of an internal candidacy disaster?
  Brian Thorstad

Nurturing millennial leadership attitudes

How does leadership look different today? Here are three attitudes and how they could benefit your ministry.
  Bob Whitesel

Are you a general or a colonel?

What characterizes your leadership style? Dr. Bob Whitesel, professor of Christian Ministry and Missional Leadership at Wesley Seminary, discusses two leadership styles that are also found in the military. How will different leadership styles implement the goals and vision of your church and ministry? (Excerpted from the Society For Church ...
  Bob Whitesel

The 6 dads in your church (and how you can help them)

These dads sit in your church on any given Sunday. How will you reach them?
  Ryan Sanders

I call it heresy

What is this heresy and what can we do about it?
  John B. MacDonald

7 ways to deal with gnats in ministry

All who serve in vocational ministry know about gnats. They come with the call.
  Thom Rainer

Learning the art of the staff meeting

How would you define the purpose of your staff meetings or one-on-one meetings?
  Jim Barber

One word that will focus your ministry

As church leaders, we often hear many good ideas to further the mission of the church. The trick is determining which ideas are the best.
  Mark Lenz

Does an open-door policy work?

Are you an approachable leader?
  Jim Barber

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
Jonathan Hayashi

Jonathan Hayashi (B.A. and M.A., Moody Theological Seminary) is a Pastoral staff at ...

Wayne Cordeiro

Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Oahu, one of the fastest-growing churches ...