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Why Great Preachers Are Not Always Great Leaders

Leaders must be self-aware, but is there something more to great leadership and great leaders? Here's why great preachers are not always great leaders.

Digital Prayer: A New Invitation to a Sacred Conversation

Prayer is a sacred invitation to the ancient practice of connecting with God and others. And digitally-powered prayer is more than just an electronic tool. It’s an opportunity for a new invitation.

Turning Naysayers Into Allies: How Successful Leaders Do It

Inevitably, somebody isn’t going to agree with your decisions. If you’re a leader, you’ll make lots and lots of decisions. Some will be easy, while others will be quite challenging. Ironically, in both cases, there will be naysayers.

6 Sets of Contrasting Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made

I’ve made a lot of ministry mistakes in 40+ years—and some that almost seem contradictory to others. Here are some of those mistakes.

Randy Alcorn: What I’ve Learned About Grieving With Hope in the 2 Years Since Nanci’s Homegoing

God has graciously allowed me to encourage and be encouraged by other grieving people, many of whom have contacted us online or on social media.

Every Leader Needs an Encouragement Folder

Ron Edmondson:" I often say the longer we do something the less recognition we get for doing it. So, I save them in my encouragement folder."

3 Things To Remember As You Submit Yourself to God

To "submit" means to "accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another." When we submit to God, it means we acknowledge his authority over us and willingly give ourselves over and over again to him.

Fight the Temptation To Make Your Small Church Look Big

If you’re not a big church, then stop trying to be something you’re not. Every Christmas and Easter, I see many small churches trying desperately to make a big impact—and they usually fail.

How ‘Throw My Body in a Ditch’ Theology Relates to Sexual Ethics

I’ve heard more than a handful of Christians joke that they don’t care what happens to their body after death. "Just throw me in a ditch," they’ll say, “I’ll be in heaven with Jesus.” But is that reflective of what the Bible says?

The Secret Sin Behind Passive Aggressive Behavior

"Identify the promises they make to us, recognize these false promises as lies and then trust the superior promises of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit."

7 Preliminary Steps When Initiating Major Change

There are some preliminary steps when you are initiating major change. As a pastor and leader, I am continually dealing with change. Everyday. Change is a part of life—for all of us.

The Importance of Innovation

One of the least talked about issues within churches is innovation. Here's why that shouldn't be the case.

15 Ideas To Spark Extraordinary Church Growth

Not every church is the same. What works for one may not work for another. To help spark new ways to improve your church, Church Fuel recommends these church growth ideas.

7 Unique Ways To Prepare To Preach or Teach This Weekend

If you are teaching a small group or preaching a sermon this week, you recognize that your preparation matters. Here are seven unique ways to prepare to preach or teach this coming weekend.

4 Systems Church Leaders Should Care About

Some church leaders resist systems because systems can feel “unspiritual” or “corporate.” I have heard the critique for years.

5 Great Ways To Grow Your Leadership

In order to grow stronger churches, we need to become better leaders. It’s a continual process and we never arrive. How are you growing and becoming better?

7 Spiritual Consequences of Living a Busy, Hurried Life

Culture’s obsession with busyness and hurriedness isn’t just a scheduling problem. It’s a heart problem. It’s time to consider what a hurried life is costing us. And, make no mistake, the cost is enormous.

6 Key Questions To Ask of Your Sermon Before You Preach it

Before you preach your next sermon, take the time to answer these six questions.

What Happiness Can We Anticipate on the New Earth?

We normally think of going up to Heaven to live with God in his place. That’s indeed what happens when we die. But the ultimate promise is that God will come down to live with us in our place, on the New Earth.

5 New Staff Positions Your Church Needs

For a long time, church staffing conversations revolved around how many staff a church needs. Today, churches are struggling to answer a new and more complex staffing question: What staff positions do churches need?

Chuck Swindoll, 89, Moves to Founding Role at Stonebriar; Jonathan Murphy...

Chuck Swindoll will become the founding pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, with Jonathan Murphy stepping into the senior pastor role, the church announced.

David Ashcraft on the Surprising, ‘Deep Emotions’ He Felt Stepping Down...

David Ashcraft joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to talk about how leadership has changed, how pastors can leave their churches better than they found them, and the startling emotions he felt when he stepped down as senior pastor.

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