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Ep. 196 Understanding the Exhausting Work of Being a Pastor

Shows Main Idea – There are many hard jobs, and I’m sure if I asked you to give me your list of the most difficult ones, you would do so readily. But I doubt that many Christians would list pastoring as one of the most… Continue Reading …

When Your Leadership Does Not Model Transparency

They say there are no perfect churches. But what if that church is yours? How do you respond to a church that does not do community life well? What if the leaders are not setting the right example? Here are a few things to consider.… Continue Reading …

Ep. 162 A Superb Way to Put on a Church Conference

Shows Main Idea – The most effective conferences are those that have a long ramp-up time, a comprehensive pre-conference week, the conference sessions, and an extended period for “working out the conference” after it ends. This concept is what we did in Canada. Listen to… Continue Reading …

A Crazy Idea For Sanctification: the Local Church

One-to-one interaction is the most efficient way to help another person change. Discipleship in a community, in the context of a local church, is not the norm. Favorite books and preachers are our disciplers. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …

Dear Pastor, Do You Groan When You Think Of Me?

What does your pastor think about when he thinks about you? Perhaps you belong to a larger church where your pastor does not know you. What does your small group leader think about when he thinks about you? Are you a joy to pastor? Listen… Continue Reading …

Three Characteristics of a Fantastic Local Church

The best local churches have values that are distinct from the culture, transforming to the community, and exportable to the next generation. If you are looking for a wonderful local church, make sure it has these five characteristics. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

Ep. 115 What Is “Body-to-Body Ministry” In the Local Church?

Shows Main Idea – God has called every Christian to disciple other Christians. This opportunity is not for an elite set of Christian, but the privilege of every person that the Lord has regenerated. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …

The Main Thing to Look For When Looking For a Church

The local church is the most necessary sanctification context outside the home, which is why finding the right kind of church is essential. If you were to look for a local church, what would be the main thing? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

How Do You Leave Your Church?

Sometimes you just can’t stay at your local church. You have to leave. This is one of the gut-wrenching seasons in any God-loving Christian’s life. The good news is that there is a way to leave your church well. And there is a way to… Continue Reading …

Why Do You Attend Your Church?

One of the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself is why do you attend your local church. Your answer will be instructive and life-changing. So let me ask: Why do you attend your church? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …