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A Voice for the Emerging Generation

Since 2011, John Mark Comer, 33, has been the lead pastor of Bridgetown

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Leading by serving

For the first 35 years of his life, Sutton Turner worshiped many things — toys, money, cars, career, real estate.

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Why I’m a fan of small groups … now

I never want to be a church where everyone knows everyone. That means we have no new people showing up and are small enough to know everyone. I want us to be a place where everyone is known by someone.

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Challenge to clergy tax break clears hurdle

By Bob Allen A ministerial housing allowance provision that saves U.S. ministers an estimated $1.2 billion annually in tax exemptions is unfair to other taxpayers not entitled to the same benefit, according to a 2011 lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wisconsin judge has given a green light to a lawsuit challenging a […]

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How to keep your youth pastor

Conventional wisdom says that the average youth pastor stays only 18 months.

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Ropin’ in the souls

“A lot of the same attitudes that horses have, people have.”

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Who is Jenni Catron?

Since Jenni Catron moved from being an artist development director in the music

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Being humble is one of the most critical traits of a great leader

When church administrators work at building their team or merely conduct a meeting they must “compel the process,” says management consultant

Patrick Lencioni, and when it doesn’t happen it is more often because “they have a misplaced sense of humility.”

Lencioni, president of The Table Group that specializes in organizational health and executive team development, is a favorite speaker at church conferences. He has authored nine books with more than three million copies sold, and the latest one is The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Church Executive asked Lencioni to apply the advice in his book to pastors and executive pastors of churches as well as to companies: We don’t hear much about humility in business? Being humble is one of the most critical things a great leader must be. But being humble means that leaders know that they are not more important than the people they lead. They are servant leaders. However, even servant leaders need to understand that their words and actions are, in fact, more impactful than those of others.

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Christian tragedy

More than any other cause, the national recession notwithstanding, the Crystal

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Meet John Ortberg

Pastor for eight years at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in the San

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