Going Deep with the Bible in Preaching

By Brent A. Strawn
Most Sundays, I am the one who listens to sermons, not the one who delivers them. Listening is definitely the easier job! Of the thousands of sermons I've heard over the years… read more

Why Get Up at All: Part 1

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Why do you get up in the morning? I thought it might be important to paint a backdrop for the topics and concerns I write about on Ministry Matters. This is the first of a three… read more

Review: Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back

By Stephanie Dunn
As someone who is currently in their fifth year serving the local church as a Minister to Children and Families, it seems like the only thing that I can say with complete… read more

Why Are So Many Churches Empty? The Importance of In-Depth Bible Study for a Congregation

By Shane Stanford
An article in a church growth magazine asked, "Why are so many churches empty?" The writer answered the question with the typical responses, including the need for good parking… read more

Disciple Bible Study for Personal Study

By Marvin Cropsey
In March 1986, a small group of people gathered Flower Mound, Texas, to talk about the need for a new comprehensive Bible study that would do more than teach the facts about our… read more

Using Disciple Bible Study in Sunday School

By Pamela Dilmore
For more than twenty years, DISCIPLE has provided the heartbeat for spiritual growth and transformation in thousands of churches through in-depth Bible study. Its… read more

5 Reasons Pastors Should Lead Bible Studies

By Magrey deVega
It is common for pastors to delegate the task of leading Bible studies to others. Reasons vary, from a preacher's need to streamline his or her weekly workload, to a desire to… read more

Leading Around the Potholes: Thoughts on Stewardship Leadership

By Timothy Siburg
Recently I shared what I believe are some potholes of stewardship. Today, I would like to offer some reflection about how leadership plays a role in navigating, responding to, and … read more

The Person We Used to Be

By Shane Raynor
In Romans 6:6, Paul tells us, "This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with [Christ] in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin… read more

Gwyneth Paltrow and Church Growth

By Joseph Yoo
I recently read an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow that made me think about my church. "I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you… read more

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) The Bible encourages the "repression of women," and it's silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. As least, that's what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But… read more

How To Turn Your Weaknesses To Your Advantage

By Len Wilson
Did you ever say you could do something and then had to figure out how to do what you'd just agreed to? Such chutzpah can be a good thing for landing a job, I suppose, and I… read more
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