Contentment Is the True Measure of Godliness

The false idea that prosperity brings contentment is nothing new. Paul warned Timothy and the church at Ephesus about false teachers—first-century equivalents to modern prosperity theology proponents—who were “depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:5).

Spreading Christmas Cheer By Singing Loud for All To Hear

Perhaps that’s why, throughout the history of Christianity, one of the greatest tools for teaching theology has been music. After all, one of the earliest Christian hymns is the great Christological passage of Philippians 2.

What Changes When Your Attendance Breaks 200?

Pastoring a church of 250 is significantly different than pastoring a church of 75.

Mile-High Multiplication

Pathak sought a solution to reestablish the church’s identity as a truly local neighbor, of and for its community. He asked himself, What would it look like for us to build what amounts to a network of churches so we could share some resources, yet still operate like local churches?

Jon Acuff: Don’t Overthink It — Part 2

“If you want a kind 16-year-old, then teach a six-year-old kindness, and then give them 10 years to practice.”

Jon Acuff: Don’t Overthink It — Part 1

“As someone who felt that he buried his talents for a long time, I now go out of my way to help other people grab a shovel.”

Intentionality Is Key

We’re very intentional about being welcoming and friendly. I tell people on Sunday mornings at the end of the services, “If you’re our guest, I’d like to meet you.” And so I go to the hospitality room and meet people every week.

Spreading Christmas Cheer By Singing Loud for All To Hear

Perhaps that’s why, throughout the history of Christianity, one of the greatest tools for teaching theology has been music. After all, one of the earliest Christian hymns is the great Christological passage of Philippians 2.

Mile-High Multiplication

Pathak sought a solution to reestablish the church’s identity as a truly local neighbor, of and for its community. He asked himself, What would it look like for us to build what amounts to a network of churches so we could share some resources, yet still operate like local churches?

This Christmas, Go Old School

What I learned hosting a contemporary Christmas service that made me decide to go old school

Resources

What Do You Believe About Yourself?

Be a leader who tells a story of redemption, renewal, and righteousness living in all aspects of your life. Put away the negative words you describe to yourself, and begin to hear the positive comments that God poured into your leadership from others around.

8 Policies Every Church Should Have on File

Finances. There are still churches where one person counts or handles the money or writes the checks, and that should change immediately with written policies created by the financial team and approved by the board of oversight.

The 4 Leaders Every Successful Digital Ministry Needs

I think most pastors' role in digital ministry looks much more like the exuberant passing of the torch from John to Charlie, which doesn't mean you need to walk away. John was still a part of the heist. He just created a new hero along the way.