Blog Articles and Resources for Pastors and Church Leaders

Everything You Actually Need to Know About Real Life | Nora Bradbury-Haehl

A few decades of ministry with teens and twentysomethings has taught me that faith communities have a lot to offer young people. We can provide stability, support, mentorship, leadership opportunities, and a gateway to belief. This work has also...

Do I Have a Volunteer? | Randy Frazee

Charles Blondin is arguably the greatest tightrope walker in history. In 1859, with large crowds looking on, he stretched out an 1,100-foot rope across the raging waters of Niagara Falls and walked across it from the American side to the Canadian...

Rising Above our Mental Health Struggles | Randy Frazee

I was thrilled when Thomas Nelson gave me the thumbs up to write His Mighty Strength . The book is built around Ephesians 1:19-20 which essentially tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. The promise of the book? –...

Why Don't We Get What We Ask For in Prayer? | Father James Martin

One of the most important questions in the spiritual life is: What happens when we don’t get what we pray for? It is also one of the most neglected topics in books on prayer. And it is also a reason people are sometimes opposed to petitionary...

Why did Jesus Die on a Cross? Rabbi Jason Sobel

Jesus’ death on the cross is central to the faith of all believers. But did you ever wonder why Jesus had to die on a cross? The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. The customary answer given to explain why Jesus had to die on a cross is...

Dream | Dr. David Jeremiah

Every worthwhile goal in life, whether great or small, begins with a dream . Consider this in your own life. When you look back at changes you’ve made, what compelled you to break out of familiar routines? What motivated you to think you could do...

Honor God, and Humility Follows | David Bowden

People often struggle to be humble. Listen to how C. S. Lewis described a humble person: Do not imagine that if you meet a truly humble man he will be what most people call “humble”: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always...

3 Steps to Access Resurrection Power | Randy Frazee

In 1904, under the authorization of President Theodore Roosevelt, workers removed 3.5 billion cubic feet of earth, including eight miles of mountains, to create the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. How did they...

Recovering a Theology of Gender, Sexuality, and the Human Body

Learn more about For the Body & get 30% off by clicking here! As Christians, we sometimes feel discouraged and hopeless about the culture around us. Dozens of books have been written about the decline of the church. We may feel like we are just...

9 Points of Christian Unity for our Divided Times

Questions of social justice are not only explosive in today’s culture, they have become highly combustible within many churches around America. Just this morning I spoke with a dear friend whose church on the East Coast is splitting down the middle...

The Fierce Urgency of Now | Jemar Tisby

Burdened by the brutality of racism in America, Martin Luther King Jr. stepped to the microphone near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Most people remember the line from his historic address where...

How to Lead During Christmas Without Losing Your Soul

People say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. During this time, church leaders may feel far from God because of the many demands and expectations of the season. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Life Today . . . in Light of Tomorrow | Constantine Campbell

Ultimately, life today must be lived in light of the end. Our end is the only way to make sense of life now and the only way to live according to the hope of Christ. Søren Kierkegaard has been paraphrased as saying, Life can only be understood...

Are You Stuck in a Cycle of Unresolved Pain? | Lysa TerKeurst

“ And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life . . . love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. ”—Matthew 5:42, The Message When your heart has been shattered and reshaped...

Get Out of the Office | NT Wright

There is a massive difference between being familiar with something and understanding it. Having an acquaintance and building a deep friendship are radically different experiences. Flying on a plane and being an aeronautical mechanic are not the...

Why God Needed Christmas | Andy Stanley

When the time was fully set, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law with a very specific purpose. But why did God send Jesus? Why did God need Christmas? It was to do what laws and regulations could not do. It was to do what judges...

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.