Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Change that Message!

  “Every pastor is sometimes tempted to change a message at the last minute. But if you have planned prayerfully and properly – trusting that God knows the exact message that needs to be preached at the exact moment it needs to be preached – you should never change your message based on last-minute feelings or circumstances. Every time I have … Read More


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Make Time for Healthy Living Now (Thursdays are for Health)

“Part of our calling is to care for the needs of others. So, when we don’t have time to eat well or work out because we are busy serving other people, well, that’s just the price we pay for doing God’s work, right? Wrong. This is nothing more than a righteous-sounding reason for taking our temple for granted. In reality, … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Plan Your Preaching Calendar Solo

  “Don’t fall into the temptation of planning by yourself. Let God use the creative souls he has placed around you. When you plan alone, you only get your ideas. The problem is, your ideas may not be the best ideas.  By accepting input from the people God has placed around you, you will create a sharper, more in-tune preaching … Read More


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A Question of Priorities (Thursdays are for Health)

“Do you have time to get before God each day? Do you have time to spend with your kids? Do you have time to connect with your staff about weekend service? Of course you do, because you understand the importance of those things. When you understand the importance of being proactive about your health – and hopefully that won’t be … Read More


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Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Greg Atkinson for ChristianityToday.com. I recently had lunch with a local senior pastor for whom I was doing some coaching and consulting. He asked, “Greg, what are the most common things you see as a church secret shopper?” I’ve heard this question often enough to know what he was really asking: “Where do … Read More


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Charles Finney on Revival

“A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.” – Charles Finney, Father of American Revivalism


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Keys to Worship Planning: 3 Critical Questions

  “What happens in your services is of no use to your people if they don’t walk away with a clear understanding of how to incorporate the teaching and worship into their lives. That’s why it is so important to begin your worship planning with the end in mind. At The Journey, we do this by asking and prayerfully answering … Read More


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Study Finds Only 1 in 7 Pastors is Under 40

Today’s post comes to us from Kate Shellnutt for Christianity Today. American pastors aren’t as young as they used to be. As clergy live longer and stay in ministry longer, the average age of Protestant senior pastors has risen to 54—a decade older than 25 years before, when the average age was 44. Now, just 1 in 7 pastors leading … Read More


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William Carey on Being a Minister

“A Christian minister is a person who in a peculiar sense is not his own; he is the servant of God, and therefore ought to be wholly devoted to Him.” – William Carey


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Steps to Take Before Confronting Others

Recently, I came across an insightful article by Annie B. Garman about confronting others and some steps to take before issuing a reproof. It’s a subject I spent a full chapter talking about in my new book Tongue Pierced: How the Words You Speak Transform the Life You Live. As Annie points out in her article for the North American Mission … Read More


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