How Pastoral Care Stunts the Growth of Most Churches

Today’s guest post comes to us from Fr. John A. Peck for PreachersInstitute.com. Of all the mysteries that shouldn’t be mysteries, why most churches remain small is perhaps the greatest. The Barna group reports the average Protestant church size in America as 89 adults. 60% of protestant churches have less than 100 adults in attendance. Only 2% have over 1000 adults … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Leading the Flock

“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your good example. And when the head Shepherd comes, your reward will be … Read More


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A. W. Tozer on a Pastor’s Role

“We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.” – A. W. Tozer, American pastor and author


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Keys to Worship Planning: Take Notes

  “Sunday evaluation is critical. Sunday is game day. It’s the day that needs the most attention. Train yourself, your pastor/worship pastor, and any key staff members to take notes when something stands out both during and immediately following the service.”               – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 166 … Read More


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Preventing Disease (Thursdays are for Health)

“Like fish in water, most of us have a hard time seeing the nature of the environment we live in. If only we could grasp the truth that we are bringing the pain of poor health on ourselves; that most of the ailments filling our prayer request lists are reversible (better yet, altogether preventable) with some simple dietary changes.” – … Read More


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Recharge with a Tech Free Day – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s introduction to this three-part series, I proposed the idea of doing a digital detox. It’s time to take control of the technology in your life. To do this, I challenge you to schedule a Tech Free Day. You will literally unplug from all digital connections. I’ve personally been practicing this myself for a few years. Sometimes I do … Read More


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Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues

Today’s guest post comes to us from Frank Newport for Gallup.com. Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Being Prepared

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills?” – Luke 14:28 (NLT)


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A. W. Tozer on Christian Life

“The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.” – A. W. Tozer, American pastor and author


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Keys to Worship Planning: Excellence Through Evaluation

  “The only way your service is going to be better next week is if you evaluate what happened this week. There is no excellence without evaluation.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 165 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services. Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free … Read More


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