If the goals you set for the new year fail, this could be why

By Len Wilson
I am excited about setting some creative goals for the new year. In previous years, a lot of my big plans carried over, but this year, I feel a sense of division and newness and… read more

5 things the church can learn from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By David Dorn
There are at least five things that the American church can learn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What others things did I miss?   David Dorn is the Lead… read more

7 common ways leaders waste time and energy

By Ron Edmondson
Wasting time and energy may be one of my biggest pet peeves as a leader. Some days I leave work and feel I never got off a treadmill. It’s physically and mentally draining… read more

The greatest difference a church can make

By David Staal
Every year, significant events take place that ripple for years.   For instance, consider 1994. Justin Bieber was born in Canada and apartheid died in South Africa. Share… read more

What I no longer believe is true about congregations

By Susan Nienaber
For most of my consulting practice, I “held certain truths to be self-evident.” One of these truths had to do with the capacity of congregations to revitalize. I have… read more

What your church can learn from professional wrestling

By Joseph Yoo
A couple of weeks ago, professional wrestler Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Roman Reigns to become the new WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) champion… read more

Top 5 ways pastoral counseling is like — and unlike — its ‘secular’ counterpart

By Talbot Davis
Many of you know that I spend a fair amount of my time in a role commonly described as “pastoral counseling.” People make appointments, come in either as individuals… read more

How not to succumb to numb

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We live in a new (ab)normal with mass shootings almost every day of the week. As of this writing, there was shooting in London today, a few days ago San Bernardino, before that… read more

Is Christian vocation worth $75,000 in student loans?

By Lindsey Foster Stringer
Facebook has its downsides (cat memes, really accurate personality tests based on favorite movie quotes), but one of the things I appreciate about it is that I can see what is… read more

Addressing the loneliness of a pastor

By Ron Edmondson
Pastoring can be lonely. As a pastor, I’m supposed to find my strength in Christ, (and you have to know how helpful it is to be reminded as if those who are not pastors are… read more

Christmas Sunday… What should we do?

By Ben Gosden
So it’s the Sunday after Christmas (which falls on December 27th this year), you’ve spent all of your creative resources on special music and services throughout the… read more

Which gospel are you selling?

By Courtney T Ball
People buy stories, not the truth. Not long ago I read the helpful book "All Marketers are Liars" by Seth Godin. Actually, the copy I picked up was a later edition, on… read more
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