Pastoral Development

The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church

Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by  Saying “yes” to their passion. By: Karl Vaters Churches get stuck sometimes. If you’re a pastor, you’ve known seasons when it’s hard to get church members to do great things for Jesus. Good things. Okay — anything. During our church’s years of being stuck, I […]

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When They’re Really Mad at You

How to follow Jesus while dodging bullets. An interview with John Crosby As a Christian leader, people’s disapproval can make you defensive, angry—and if you go about it the right way, spiritually mature. We [the editors of Leadership Journal] asked John Crosby, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota, what he’s learned about being […]

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7 Reasons I Love Serving the Established Church

By: Ron Edmondson I recently posted about the things I miss from church planting serving in an established church. Church planting can be daunting, but the rewards from seeing people far from God get excited about Him makes all the efforts worthwhile. A friend of mine, Tom Cheyney, texted me with a challenge – and a needed one. Tom […]

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5 Important Lessons on Handling Donations

By: Raul Rivera  April 21, 2016 In September of 2014, amidst internal controversy involving his leadership, Mark Driscoll resigned as founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. One month later, it was announced that the mega-church would dissolve effective January 1, 2015. Fast forward 18 months from his resignation, and Mark Driscoll is […]

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Global Leadership Summit 2016

By Frank G. Tunstall The beautiful Pine Dale Resort terraced into the hills on the shoreline of the Aegean Sea hosted representatives from thirty-seven countries April 4-10 in Kusadasi, Turkey. The occasion was the second Global Leadership Summit, sponsored by the World Missions Ministries Division (WMMD) of IPHC. The Apostle Paul navigated those same waters […]

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Counting the Offering Without Embezzling

By: Raul Rivera  March 17, 2016 The sound of Pastor Fred’s voice over the phone was heartbreaking as he reported the embezzlement crime to the local police. Only days before, the church had announced that the fundraising for its building campaign had successfully raised $500,000 to construct the church’s new sanctuary and children’s wing. They […]

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A Whopping Majority of Christians Cannot Talk to These People

Released by Barna Research 11:30AM EDT 3/16/2016, © 2016 by Barna Group. The United States is in a cultural crisis. There are gaping fissures between the rich and poor, growing tensions between races, disunity among faith groups, increasing resentment between genders, and a vast and expanding gap between liberals and conservatives. Generation, gender, socioeconomics, ethnicity, faith, […]

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10 Clear Signs Your Church Is Sick

By Thom Rainer There are certain metrics and issues physicians check when we go to the doctor. They want to check our blood pressure and temperature. They do blood tests to see if there are any warning signs. They are looking for symptoms that might indicate real problems exist. After working with churches for thirty […]

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What Do I Do With Church Members Who Hate Me?

You Will Give Account for Their Souls By Brian Croft  2-24-16 One of the most significant implications from Hebrews 13:17 (giving account for souls) I learned early in ministry was that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God has entrusted to me.  This is important to realize as pastors because we all […]

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