McGavran Monday – The Bridge of Faith

In honor of Dr. Gary McIntosh’s new biography of Donald McGavran, here’s today’s Monday moment: “ … the coming to Christ of Greeks at Antioch was unplanned and depended on the burning faith of some unknown Christians who were organically linked with both Jews and Greeks, thus forming a bridge between the two peoples…. This bond of relationship was the bridge over which … Read More


Nelson SearcyMinistry, Preaching

Top Reasons Pastors Quit Ministry

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior national correspondent for RNS, where she specializes in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality, and social and biomedical ethics. Sometimes a call from God is not enough to keep a pastor in his post. Many evangelical pastors who quit before retirement age found “another calling” either … Read More


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The World is More Religious Than Ever

The following post comes to us from Steve Addison, church planter and author of Movements That Change the World; What Jesus Started; and Pioneering Movements. Rodney Stark is Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. I read just about everything he writes. His latest is entitled The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious Than Ever. Here’s … Read More


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What’s Your Conversion Story?

For those of you who didn’t mark your calendars, yesterday was the anniversary of an interesting date in Christian history: when Charles Haddon Spurgeon, prince of preachers, was converted. On that day in 1850, at the age of 15, Spurgeon heard the voice of God calling him in the words of Isaiah 45:22 through the sermon of a Primitive Methodist … Read More


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The Value of Application in Preaching

The following guest post comes to us from Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church. Rick is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global internet community for pastors. Many preachers believe the purpose of preaching is to explain the Bible, or to interpret the text, or to help … Read More


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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

If you are like the majority of pastors, your years of ministry have decreased your passion and increased your frustration. In the midst of life’s chaos and the pressures of leading church week after week, “average” may have become your new standard – but you’ve been called to so much more. Why not resolve to make 2016 the year where … Read More


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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! As for my own family, Kelley and I are celebrating together with our son Alexander.  He is understandably excited about Christmas! You’re a part of the Church Leader Insights family and I thank God for the opportunity to partner with you to maximize your leadership and grow your church! Have a … Read More


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Christmas Sale! Resource packages up to 80% off!

Christmas is THIS Friday and I want to be a blessing to you and your church. I know you’re planning your worship services but I wanted to take a moment and give you a Christmas package. Well, actually SIX Christmas packages. I’ve collected the very best of my resources and carefully put together these six unique resource packages – at … Read More


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