By Aaron Menikoff

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth

Many of us want a big church. Therefore, we should check our hearts, battle pride, and give thought to the value of slow, steady growth as opposed to rapid, overwhelming growth. Sometimes, God has other plans. David Platt took over for a mega-church pastor. Matt Chandler’s church experienced remarkable, numerical growth not long after he …

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Thank God for the “Pie in the Sky”: Why the Heavenly Minded Do the Most Earthly Good

Christians are often accused of being so heavenly-minded they’re of no earthly good. More than 100 years ago, activist Joe Hill thought as much. While traveling throughout America, he drew cartoons and wrote songs in defense of America’s poor. He had no patience for pastors who preached for spiritual conversion without providing physical comfort. In …

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Pastor, Know Thyself

In my early years at my church, I’d sometimes ask longtime members about the pastors who preceded me. I wasn’t tempting them to gossip, but I was hoping to learn something about the church. I often discovered what they value in a pastor. Over time I noticed a pattern. Whomever I asked about the first …

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