Charles Stone

As a pastor for over 43 years, Charles Stone served as a lead pastor, associate pastor and church planter in churches from 50 to over 1,000. He now coaches and equips pastors and teams to effectively navigate the unique challenges ministry brings. By blending biblical principles with cutting-edge brain-based practices he helps them enhance their leadership abilities, elevate their preaching/ teaching skills and prioritize self-care. He is the author of seven books. For more information and to follow his blogs, visit CharlesStone.com.

Bruised in Ministry

Read a part of this old children’s story first published in 1922 and be encouraged. They are wise words offered by the Skin Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit taken from the book, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

5 Clarifications as You Navigate a New Position

Within the first month I asked one of the longest tenured staff members lead a discussion with the entire staff during a staff meeting.

Winning the War Against Hopelessness

I believe that small choices that may not seem overtly spiritual can become ways we can encourage ourselves in the Lord.

Lead With a Contagious, Refreshing Spirit

If someone feels like you like him or her, they’re more likely to respond positively to your leadership. If they don’t, and enough people feel the same way, your leadership will suffer.

How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Pastors Make on Sundays

The things that keep us from being at our best when people need us

10 Signs of a Narcissistic Leader

How to recognize if one of your leaders has narcissistic tendencies

For the Weary Leader

Periodically take a solo retreat. Occasionally I’ve taken a night and a day at a local retreat center. I’m usually the only one there. When I go, I think, pray, plan, write, and study. Those periodic getaways refresh my soul and help break me from the rigors of ministry, resetting my focus to respond appropriately to the stresses ministry brings.

Uncover Hidden Scripts Within Your Church’s History

Simply knowing what you’re up against and paying attention to these multigenerational dynamics can give you a head start in dealing with the patterns.