The power arena

By Steve Harper
The ego gravitates toward control and the exertion of power. This is not all bad. Without ego, we would have no will power, and on our best day, that would neither be a good thing … read more

3 ways to move beyond the survival dance

By Laurie Haller
It’s the largest wooded city park in the United States. Forest Park is just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon and has seventy rolling miles of single track, dirt and… read more

Pentecostal revival sweeps parts of West Coast

By Julia Duin / Religion News Service
(RNS) They call it the West Coast Rumble: a set of multiweek revivals in Seattle and San Diego, plus a large Christian rally in Los Angeles two weekends ago. The main players are… read more

The church needs more Hippos

By Zack Hunt
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the first time I ever heard the name Augustine of Hippo, I thought he was some sort of religious cartoon character. Granted, I was a wee lad … read more

How I survived being married to a church planter

By Melissa Spoelstra
Recently I was asked to speak at an event for church planters along with their spouses and launch teams in greater Columbus. The topic I was supposed to speak about was how I… read more

It's all about money

By Gary Ealy
"All you have done lately is preach about giving." "We had a ‘Vision Campaign,’ but it all came down to wanting us to give more." "If it’s going to cost more… read more

Even Superman has limits: On being servants, not saviors

By Drew McIntyre
Are pastors servants or saviors? Lately the quote below has been floating around, and it has irked me to no end. Of course the sentiment is sweet, and God knows (literally) how… read more

Five fit practices for clergy

By Todd Outcalt
In the past decade there have been several initiatives and studies centered on clergy health and wellness. Among these, a ten-year study was undertaken in North Carolina beginning … read more

Art of the Sermon: Ministry as a layperson

By Dan Wunderlich
Thanks for checking out this episode of Art of the Sermon! Be sure to subscribe through iTunes or your favorite podcast app. If you enjoy this episode, leave a review on our… read more

Rethinking the offering plate

By Donna Schaper
The offering plate became obsolete years ago but most congregations have yet to notice. We still pass the plate and observe that fewer and fewer dollars go into it. I am still… read more

Productive Pastor: Building guest systems

By Chad Brooks
Do you struggle with how to contact, assimilate and lead visitors into becoming part of your church? This episode of The Productive Pastor is all about building guest systems. I… read more

7 signs of a weak leader

By Ron Edmondson
A youth pastor emailed me. He’s frustrated his pastor continually caves into pressures of a few leaders in the church. They are not supportive of the youth ministry, even… read more
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