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By Bret Hammond | Articles I've gleaned from my reading that might help you in your work.

Why Women Need to Learn in Quietness and Submission: 1 Timothy 2:11

They are the verses of Scripture used most frequently to silence women in the church: 1 Timothy 2:11-12. I remember reading them as a 26-year-old …

Faith

8 Small Things People Use to Judge Your Personality

The human brain is hardwired to judge. This survival mechanism makes it very hard to meet someone without evaluating and interpreting their behavior.<p>While we tend to think that our judgments are based on the content of conversations and other obvious behaviors, the research says otherwise. In fact, …

Personality

Seven Ways to Improve Your Preaching

I loved the post last week from Mike Kruger, Note to Aspiring Preachers: Here are Seven Key Pitfalls to Avoid. His advice got me thinking about what …

Evangelical Christianity

5 Ways Your Church Can Start Being Loved By Its Community

Recently, Christian author and radio host Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth made an interesting observation. She stated the American church used to be …

Chicago Bulls

The Single Most Important Principle of Good Leadership, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

Hint: It's all about doing.<p>For years, I wanted to be the leader.<p>Back in elementary school, I remember being part of a small group of close friends. Every recess, we stuck together. In a world where sticks, stones, <i>and</i> words have the ability to cause pain, there was strength in numbers.<p>And for some …

Leadership

3 Ways You Can Serve Teenagers in Your Church

Some think teenagers are precious works in progress, and others are overwhelmed by their messiness. Many church members think serving teenagers is a …

Evangelical Christianity

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. …

What Does It Mean for an Overseer to Be “Above Reproach” and “Well Thought of By Outsiders”?

According to 1 Timothy 3:2 an overseer (whom I take to be the same as an elder or pastor) must be “above reproach” (cf. Titus 1:6, 7). Along the same …

Faith

3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics

Expository apologetics—the practice of answering objections with the power of God’s Word—is for everyone.<p>First, it’s for the <i>unbeliever</i>. This is the …

4 Hard Questions to Ask About Your Company’s Purpose

jennifer maravillas FOR HBR<p>In the early 1930s, cars in Europe were still a luxury for the rich. But in 1933 Dr. Ferdinand Porsche launched the People’s Car: Volkswagen. Its purpose was to enhance people’s lives through great engineering that offered everyone an accessible, high-quality car. The …

Harvard Business Review

3 Ways to Preach Heaven

People sometimes talk about living the ultimate life right now. This belief—that we can somehow make the best life possible for ourselves here on …

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7 Must-Read Bible Verses for 40 Days of Lent

Every year, Christians around the world and in many different denominations observe the liturgical season of Lent.

Christianity

Perry Noble on the 6 Signs That Prove Church Is Making a Difference

The Bible points to six ways in which the church has proved it can make a true difference, NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble explained in a recent blog …

Faith

7 Ways to Care for Your Pastor

How do you care for your pastor?<p>I started to understand this when I read an article that was later turned into a small pamphlet titled <i>Praying for</i> …

5 Rookie Pastor Mistakes

Finally, after all your training and praying and longing, you receive a call from your first church. You are elated—and determined to do a great job. …

5 Things That Are a Total Waste of Time in Leadership

You know the scenario.You get to the end of a meeting, an experience or a project and say to yourself “That was a total waste of time.”What’s scary …

Time Management

12 Common Mistakes Made By New Bloggers

Nobody’s perfect. When you are just starting to blog, it’s easy to make mistakes because of your lack of knowledge and experience in the field. It’s …

9 Things That Worked in the Church A Decade Ago That Don’t Today

So you entered into church leadership full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas.And for a season, a lot of those ideas worked.You saw your ministry grow, …

Self-improvement

Want to Be a Better Leader? Break Out the Old Guitar and Join a Band

Research proves it--musicians are great leaders. Here's how to fine tune your leadership skills.<p>If you want to build upon your leadership skills you could spend some time reading biographies of history's most successful people, from Esteé Lauder to Bill Gates. These folks are great virtual mentors. …

Leadership

Why Your Church Needs a New Members Class

Podcast Episode #103<p><b>SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play</b><p>A new members class is critical to informing prospective new …

How to Make Announcements in Worship Services - Rainer on Leadership #098

Podcast Episode #098<p><b>SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play</b><p>Announcements in the church service may seem like a trivial issue. …

7 Ways to Rethink Your Christmas Services

If you’re like many church leaders, you’re probably looking for every opportunity to connect with people who don’t normally go to church and who …

5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

It is tragic but undeniable: There are many, many people in positions of church leadership who should not be in positions of church leadership. There …

Abounding in Thanksgiving

It’s not uncommon for us to celebrate Thanksgiving with lists of what we’re thankful for. I’ve been seeing people doing it on Facebook since November …

Pastor Perry Noble on Discipleship: Jesus Didn't Say 'Stop Sinning and Then Follow Me'

Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church recently shared that he believes that Christians for too long have been putting unnecessary focus on telling …

The Scary Detail the ‘C.S. Lewis of Our Day’ Revealed About a Trip He Took to an Ivy League University This Year

Ravi Zacharias — one of the foremost living Christian apologists who Glenn Beck believes may be “the C.S. Lewis of our day” — said Monday that Ivy League campuses are becoming more hostile to Christians than the Middle East.<p>“If you had asked me [which is more hostile, the Middle East or an Ivy …

Ivy League

The Problem With Our Critique of Modern Worship, Pt. 1

What are the repeated critiques you hear about modern worship?<p><i>It is so noisy.</i><p><i>And why is every bridge a monosyllabic chant? (eg. ‘whoa…oh oh…)</i><p><i>It looks</i> …