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Ask any pastor’s wife what her life is like in the church

Church is not always safe for the wife of the pastor.

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New year brings renewed Bible engagement

There’s a renewed focus on the Bible in churches these days, as biblical literacy is making a comeback in congregations and publishing houses in the U.S. “What’s really encouraging to me is that deep Bible engagement within the congregation is eminently doable,” says Paul Caminiti, vice president of church and Bible engagement for the publishing firm Biblica. “But people today realize that we’re in trouble and that we’ve not given the Bible its due,” says Caminiti, himself an expert in this area. “There really is a Bible engagement vacuum in the church. I’ve watched lives transformed when pastors treat Bible engagement like a varsity sport. I’ve watched congregations transformed when instead of little camp fires, a big Bible engagement bonfire is built in the middle of the church.

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Meet Ken Whitten

Ken Whitten admits that his weakness can be that

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Best practices for families in the business of a church

Most people don’t think of churches as family businesses. Yet, as in most fields of endeavor, we find that young people often follow in their parents’ footsteps. Typically, this is the field that they know most about since they grew up around it. Most famous church family successions of late are the Schullers, the Falwells, and the Grahams (though a ministry, not a congregation). They are not immune to the issues that plague secular family businesses: greed, entitlement, jealousy and struggles over power and control. (See sidebar on the November sale of the Crystal Cathedral by the bankruptcy court.)

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Social networking at work

One question that I seem to be asked on a regular basis is: Do you allow your staff to use some type of social networking at work?

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How to write a book

All have stories to tell, most have a dream to write a book one day, some write

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Meet Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson was five years old when his parents took him to a movie theater

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Leading by listening

One of the lost arts in leadership is the simple art of listening. It has been said that we have two ears but only one mouth so we can hear twice as much as we say. Unfortunately, I was one of those individuals that had this insatiable need to fill in the silence in many meeting with my own words and my own thoughts.

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Lessons from my newspaper

Don’t make staying in church a chore. The church should have high expectations of members. Church leaders should hold people accountable.

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Meet Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne says he grew up in a rather legalistic church and that it tended to confuse American values with Biblical values. “Frankly, it turned me off to both God and the church. But by my senior year in high school, through the influence of my parents — who are amazingly godly people without a trace of legalism — and my youth pastor — who is now my Executive Pastor — I came to Christ.

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