Blog Articles and Resources for Pastors and Church Leaders

Your Life is a Reflection of Your Thoughts | Craig Groeschel

Like whitewater rapids rushing you downstream, your thoughts move your life in the direction of their strongest currents. The thoughts you believe, hold onto, and use to support your decisions determine your view of everything and everyone around...

How to Encourage Your Church to Have Conversations About Jesus | Neil Tomba

I went to a retirement party recently where a man said, “Hey Pastor Neil. I’ve got good news and bad news. Sorry, but I haven’t finished reading your book yet. I’m about 80 percent done. But the good news is I’ve been inspired already to have seven...

Understanding Heaven While Living on Earth | Levi Lusko

Pastor Chuck Swindoll, a very well respected minister, once said that 1 Thessalonians is the perfect place for every new believer to begin. When I heard that, I thought, “That’s interesting.” I’ve always told people they should start with John. And...

Creatures of Habit: Breaking the Habits Holding You Back from God's Best by Steve Poe

For years as a pastor, I’ve watched Christians frustrated because they felt stuck spiritually. They attend church on a regular basis, they pray, they even read their Bibles, but they never seem to get out of these old patterns in their life. I...

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World: Certain Hope In Uncertain Times | David Jeremiah

In June 2020—smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic—the tiny nation of Fiji in the South Pacific made a tempting proposition to a very small number of people around the globe. Frank Bainimarama, Fiji’s prime minister, announced he was looking...

7 Things About the Bible I Wish All Christians Knew | Michael F. Bird

I have written a book on seven things about the Bible that I wish all Christians knew to help Christians answer their critics, be more confident about the truthfulness of the Bible, and be better interpreters of the Bible.

Is there an enemy at your table? | Louie Giglio

Who is at your table? Is it possible that you’ve invited fear, worry, destruction or anxiety? Ready to fill the seats at your table with peace, calm, purpose and mission? You can find freedom from the war inside your mind—if you allow Jesus, the...

Shining God’s Light on the Darkness of Depression | by Chris Hodges

Some headlines grab your attention, but this one cut right through me: Pastor’s Suicide Leaves Many Heartbroken . While we had never met, I knew this pastor’s name and was aware of the friends and acquaintances we had in common. I’m sad whenever I...

In the Company of Christ | Pastor Jeff Manion

Throughout the centuries people have reckoned with two questions: Who is Jesus and what does it mean to follow him? The focus of Mark’s gospel is setting up those questions and answering them. What we find is that he is our servant king who wants...

Helping Your People Connect with God in a Unique and Transforming Way | Gary Thomas

Everyone of your parishioners needs to exercise. Everyone of your parishioners needs to eat. But not everyone will exercise in the same way. Some will take walks, some will run marathons, some will play basketball, others may prefer to bike. When...

3 Barriers that Prevent Churches From Being Multiethnic | Dr. Derwin L. Gray

Pastor, I have a question for you. Why is it that the church in America is so segregated? Recent metrics have shown that 13 percent of churches are considered multiethnic in our ever-growing multicolored country. Unfortunately, the insight of the...

How to Partner with Disciples of Christ in the Marketplace | Hannah Stolze

We all read the bible through the lens of our own context. What if we read the bible through the lens of marketplace ministry? This would not be a tent-making perspective or a worldview that reduces business practice to wealth generation. What if...

Rescue Eve | Sarah Jakes Roberts

The unspoken tension of ministry is that we’ve been called to lead while still needing to be led. We’ve been called to feed, but often we serve others when our souls are hungry. When Eve eats from the forbidden tree in Genesis there is no...

Is Church a Place for People Who Have Everything Together? | Philip Yancey

Jesus reserved some of his harshest words for the Pharisees, and that used to puzzle me. They were, after all, the most “spiritual” people of his time. They studied the Bible, and strove to keep every one of the 613 laws in the Old Testament. They...

No Time to Waste | Tim Timberlake

We often find ourselves wondering where time has gone. “How is it already 5:00pm?” “How is my kid already in high school?” “When did my hair turn grey?” Among these questions—and the countless other ways we question the passage of time—emerges a...

How to Reach a Generation on the Road to Emmaus | Tyler Stanton

A Quiet Crisis in the Western Church It’s no secret that today’s church is shrinking. Sociologists are beginning to make predictions about a looming death awaiting the American church. The statistics are compelling, if not depressing. This decline...

Free Resources

Using How (not) to Save the World with your church or small group?

Using How (not) to Save the World with your church or small group?

Here are some tools to help: 

The Small Group Tool Kit includes two mobile-friendly invitation cards, reflection cards to enhance your small  group experience, and a worship song playlist curated by Hosanna Wong that can beplayed during small group meetings or personal Bible study time. 

The Church Tool Kit includes a downloadable poster, bulletininsert, invitation card, and Power Point slide.

Is your church talking about anxiety, depression and mental health issues? You should be.

Is your church talking about anxiety, depression and mental health issues? You should be.

Shawn Johnson, lead pastor of Red Rocks Church, gives a
searingly honest portrait of anxiety and depression and shows readers how to fight back and live free. He also has put together three free tools pastors can use to help their congregation have a productive conversation around mental health, including a discussion guide, sermon notes and key Scripture verses.