Pastoral Development

4 Signs Your Church May Not Need Small Groups

By Karl Vaters    02-27-16 When it comes to small groups, what works for big churches may not work for small churches. Small group ministry is a must for a healthy church. We need the fellowship, the accountability and so much more. But what if you can’t get small groups going strong in your small church, no matter […]

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Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)

The Lifeway Survey that produced these findings focused primarily on why pastors left: change in calling, conflict, and burnout. These big three, plus others, identify where local churches, conferences and denominations need to work to improve the retention rates among pastors. – Pastor Frank By Lisa Cannon Green No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture […]

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How to Protect Your Teen from the Dangers of Pornography

[Editor’s note: I have deleted from this article the stats, since they are covered in Josh McDowell’s research.] By: Mark Haviland Our families are under full-blown assault and our children are becoming the greatest casualties! This is such a large and complex subject to cover and we will only scratch the surface within this article, […]

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THE PORN PHENOMENON: Josh McDowell Ministry and Barna Group Unveil Key Findings

A COMPREHENSIVE, GROUNDBREAKING NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY: Impact of Internet Pornography on American Population and the Church BY: Josh McDowell Ministries which commissioned the Barna Group to do this study (New York, NY – January 19, 2015). In the most comprehensive, ground-breaking, in-depth and wide-ranging study to date on pornography among the […]

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The Day I Hit the Wall

By: Gordon McDonald Marathon runners speak of “hitting the wall,” a moment in a race when the body appears to have exhausted all of its energy and pleads to quit. I borrow this phrase when I recall a life-altering experience I had one Saturday morning in my fourth year as a pastor. For me, hitting […]

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WOMEN DISTRUST CHURCHES FOR ABORTION ADVICE

By: Timothy C. Morgan (ReligionNewsService November 25, 2015 ) Fear of gossip and judgmental reactions routinely prevents churchgoing women who are considering an abortion from first seeking the counsel of pastors or others in their church, according to a new survey by an evangelical polling group. The survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, associated with […]

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HONORING MARRIAGE

Posted by Focus on the Family, December 7, 2015 by Kevin Conklin I once had a counselor fire a very direct statement at me when I was doing more than my share of pointing blame at someone who’d wounded me in a pretty devastating way. He said, “Kevin, don’t you think it’s about time you […]

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THE RELATIONSHIP OF SUFFERING TO SUCCESS

By: Frank G. Tunstall “Parents ask me all the time,” says John O’Sullivan, famed coach of some of the world’s greatest soccer athletes, “if I think their child has what it takes to play at the college or professional level. They are asking if I think their kid has enough talent.” My reply is: “How […]

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