Over time, the careful practice of membership and discipline should make church members feel safe and well-protected.
“Just Do It” may be a great slogan for the world’s largest manufacturer of sportswear, but it’s a horrible motto for the Christian life.
It’s tempting to think, “If I were just a little smarter or a little more articulate or a little funnier, then my church would be a little bit better and grow a little bit faster.”
How quickly should a pastor try to change things? Well, it depends. . .
We may share the gospel a thousand times, and never see a convert. It’s our job to be faithful. The rest is up to God.
Should every Christian be a member of a local church?
We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?
Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit. But it shouldn’t be, for it takes us to the very heart of the gospel.
God blesses some churches with quick, radical, and amazing growth. But he tends to work slowly—and this requires patience.
At its core, peace is not singing “Kumbaya” around a campfire with a dozen of your closest friends. The root of peace is the objective reality that God has adopted you into his family as his precious son or daughter.
I know I’m supposed to delight in God. I know the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Surely Paul wasn’t kidding when he commanded, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). He meant it. Joy isn’t the leather interior of the Christian life; it’s […]
No faithful leader wants to be a noisy gong. So how can we grow in love?
A few brief stories of how God has answered church-wide prayers.
The pastor who feels the need to power his church to greatness through the exercise of his own gifts underestimates the power of the gospel.
As unglamorous as church documents may be, they are a crucial component of a pastor’s toolbox.