Going to church is not included in a ‘perfect Sunday’

Today’s guest post comes to us from EvangelicalFocus.com.  British research and public relations companies Onepoll and 72Point carried out an integrated research for Harveys Furniture, which “looked what would be included in the nation’s perfect Sunday”. After surveying 2,000 people, the study found that the perfect Sunday “consists of waking up at 8:30 am to the smell of breakfast cooking, … Read More


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Shaking Up Small Groups: Planning a Fun Event

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work. Each semester, encourage your group to play together at least once. They can plan any type of fun activity they’d like–from attending a sporting event to going out to dinner to taking … Read More


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Finding Time Management Difficult? Here Are 6 Ways to Make It Fun

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management.  Turning time management into a game can be fun and rewarding. Not only will doing so make these skills much easier to learn, but it will help you to internalize them, to integrate what you have learned into your daily life. Here are six tips that will … Read More


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How to Reach Your Highest Potential with Personal Coaching

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. Fulfilling your calling inherently means rising to the highest level of potential God has put in you. In order to reach your potential, you need a coach. Why shouldn’t you? The greatest business leaders, entertainers and athletes the world has ever known have … Read More


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Taking Care of Your Body to Protect the Church Body

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry. We are amazing creations of God, creations that cannot be separated into neat little compartments. When one part of us suffers, we suffer in every area. In particular, when we don’t feel well physically, we get dragged down mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We find … Read More


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Wesley on Taking Action

“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley (June 28 or June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791) devout Anglican who remained in the Church of England until his death, considered the “Father of the Methodists,” known for his personal devotion to holiness.


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My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken Me?

This week’s guest post comes to us from Will Graham for EvangelicalFocus.com.  Spurgeon’s passion for the old-time Gospel of the Son of God in the midst of an ever-increasingly liberal church-world serves as a grand example for God-fearing evangelical Christians everywhere. Today, we are going to take a look at his moving sermon on Matthew 27:46 (delivered on Sunday, 2nd … Read More


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Take Advantage of Travel Time

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management. Do you spend a lot of time on airplanes? Many pastors do. Whether it’s traveling for conference or flying halfway around the world to preach and build up local churches, air travel allows you and me to have a worldwide impact for God’s Kingdom in a way … Read More


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Why Every Church Needs a Succession Plan

This week’s guest post comes to us from Raul Rivera, founder of StartCHURCH. In October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr.’s mother passed away, leaving him the successor of his family’s church. Unfortunately, tension arose between Pastor Joel and the board of elders to the point that in April of 2012, the board voted him out. He didn’t know he … Read More


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