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Where will you find trustworthy leaders in your church? How should elders direct the affairs of the church? How will you know if they have fulfilled their responsibilities and are worthy of 'double honor'?
Rick Thompson takes an in-depth look at what makes an effective, empowering elder. He gleans many helpful insights on leaders...
Your Church Can Open Its Doors to the Community
In the past, the doors of the church opened inward, but now people are no longer coming in through church doors as they once did. Instead, God is calling the church to open the doors outward as the people of God take the Gospel to their community.
Through extensive statistical research, perso...
When church board meetings turn contentious, what's a pastor to do?
Larry Osborne exposes the hidden roadblocks, structures, and goofy thinking that sabotage the health and harmony of even the best intentioned ministry teams
He shows what it takes to get a leadership board, ministry team, and an entire congregation headed in ...
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A Guide for Effective Pastoral Evaluations
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"As a pastor, I dreaded evaluation. Too often it missed the mark and failed to help my ministry. Using a simple narrative, Steve Musser unveils four distinct approaches to pastoral evaluation that are filled with great insig...
"I can't recall ever making this statement about a book: church leaders need this."--Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
Church health is measured by more than just numbers, but declining membership is often a key symptom of a church in crisis. Drawing on lessons he's learned in his own journey of leading church t...
Acts chapter 20 tells how Paul sat down to train the elders of the Ephesian church he had planted some years before. The principles of gospel ministry he lays down are simple, but absolute dynamite.
In 21 simple, practical principles, Richard Coekin sets out how this "Gospel DNA" should shape our approach to building churches today.
This book dr...
A proven process to proactively call and train church eldersPastors and church leaders are in need of mature, godly elders to ensure church health, but the training of elders is often entirely missing or badly neglected. The New Elder's Handbook is designed to equip elders with the knowledge, character, and skills the office calls for. It takes ...
By Chap Clark
Teens and emerging adults don't feel at home in the church because they are not fully included in the church body. How can congregations nurture young adults, welcome them as siblings into God's household, and empower them to become fully embedded contributors within and to their faith community?Integrating the latest researc...
Make your church both safe and welcoming.
Your church doesn’t need to seem like an armored fortress to be safe. This comprehensive, ministry-focused kit helps you recruit, train, and equip a safety and security team that both protects and serves your congregation. Be ready for anything—from a medical problem to a catastrophic active-shooter situ...
No matter how big an organization, we all do ministry with a team, whether paid or volunteer. Anyone who has been part of a great team knows it's something special. When there is good chemistry, everyone is operating from their sweet spot, the objectives are clear, and kingdom progress is being made, it is incredibly fulfilling and fun.On the fl...
By Glenn Daman
Whether it's because of the 2016 Presidential election or books like “Hillbilly Elegy,” Americans are beginning to understand the tremendous influence people in rural areas have in our nation. But rural America—not urban America—is also the new center of poverty. Thus, the rural church stands at the crossroads of strength and st...
Have you ever felt like you weren’t fully equipped for your leadership role? Like you needed a bit more practical guidance in the “what-to-dos” of ministry? Effective ministry leadership begins with learning the Bible and theology, but we can also learn practical skills from others who have gone before us. If you are running up against barriers ...
Pastor, author, and leadership consultant unpacks instruction for church leaders found in 1 Peter 5:1-4 where they are exhorted to shepherd the flock among them.
Some instruction is timeless. Regardless of the age in which we live, certain instruction carries no expiration on its relevance. Pastor, author, and leadership consultant, Larry Osborn...
Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you're asking. But you're certainly asking questions about change in the church: where it's coming from, why it's happening, and how you're supposed to hang on and follow God through it - even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new oppor...
Written by two seasoned pastors, this practical book is a comprehensive guide to nearly every facet of pastoral ministry, including pastoral counseling, hospital visitations, funerals, weddings, the sacraments, holiday services, and congregational music.
Leadership is essential.
Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise...
Ask yourself this question: What type of character qualifies the people God chooses to use? The question itself assumes an atypical answer, simply because it leaves out so much. To ask only about one's character seems inadequate when defining a leader. We surely need to ask about character, but also about personality, communication ...
Ministry without vision is like a surgeon without a scalpel
Strong leaders have vision that is both far-reaching and focused on the details. Having that vision is what separates churches with a hodge-podge of ineffective programs and activities from churches that reach people effectively, efficiently, and consistently with the Good News. In...
Through case studies, interviews, and real time research, this essential guide demystifies successful pastoral succession and helps readers prepare for an even brighter future for their ministries.
Before you can lead your church, you have to know your church.
Pastoral ministry is challenging work. It is made even more challenging when a pastor ignores the church's "congregational culture" when seeking to minister to members or implement changes. Just as a pastor studies to interpret the Scriptures, he or she must also interpret the l...
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