• The wind whispered light across the windshield, my thoughts wandering to the expansive fields outside my window. Beautiful country estates lined the...
    Walking With the Hurting Woman
    By Jo Ann Fore
    June 05th, 2014

    Women Leading
  • A few years ago a couple that was a part of our church asked to meet with me. The following week we sat together over lunch. We did the usual small ...
    It's Not What I Say, It's What I...
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 05th, 2014

    Pastor’s Soul/Devotion
  • This is the first in the series The Difficulty of Sharing our Faith.Very often we find it difficult to share our faith. Whether we’re in the work...
    Preachy Christians: Reasons It...
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    June 05th, 2014

    Modern Apologetics
  • I’m a church planter. I love the process of planting. I love the energy and the enthusiasm a new church brings to a community.Having planted two ...
    7 Things I Wouldn't Do Again if...
    By Ron Edmondson
    June 05th, 2014

    New Church
  • In the fall of 2013 I spoke at a pastors retreat on the theme of exile. It occurred to me much of the Bible is written about God’s people being in...
    Out of Exile Day One--How Did ...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 05th, 2014

    Self-care
  • One of the struggles young leaders encounter is the self-defeating need to increasingly outdo their last performance. After a monster Easter service...
    Preaching for Base Hits
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 05th, 2014

    Preaching
  • Moses had over a million frustrated people complaining in the desert for a new menu, bottled water, and meat! No more Manna bread. He had it the wor...
    Leading from Complaints
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 05th, 2014

    Preaching
  • My new favorite television show is titled “Rev.” It’s every bit sacrilegious and sacred, and due to this, it shows exactly what real life is l...
    Seeing the Human in Others
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 05th, 2014

    Missional Living
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is no...
    Remember Your First Love
    By Karen Jordan
    June 05th, 2014

    Ministry Spouses
  • This is part two of the series The Difficulty of Sharing Our Faith.We often find it difficult to share our faith because we want to first form relat...
    Relationships First: Reasons I...
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    June 12th, 2014

    Modern Apologetics
  • Day Two – The Five Emotions of ExileAs a follow up to Day One, listing the five exiles I’ve walked through, let me give you five words that des...
    Day Two–The Five Emotions of...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 12th, 2014

    Self-care
  • “But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dea...
    True Success or Temporary Succ...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 12th, 2014

    Leading Well
  • About once a week…or sometimes more frequently…I get an email or Tweet from someone who says they feel led to plant a church. They almost always...
    Church Planters Always Ask Me ...
    By Ron Edmondson
    June 12th, 2014

    New Church
  • From Moses’ perspective, the directions were crystal clear. The promised land was theirs; they just needed a strategy for claiming it. Since there...
    On Fear and Faith (from Number...
    By Laurie Short
    June 12th, 2014

    Pastor’s Soul
  • I had a friend who I traveled with to Africa several years ago. He said two things to me that I will always remember on that trip. One of them has b...
    True Community
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 12th, 2014

    Missional Living
  • Who am I to lead these women?My Sunday-smile beaming, I stood in front of this sweet group of ladies with their hot coffee and their hope bright fo...
    5 Lies Women Leaders Tell
    By Jo Ann Fore
    June 12th, 2014

    Women Leading
  • Parenting is risky. When you choose to have children, you must open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as you plan or hope. Indeed, ...
    Defining Moments (Part 1)
    By James Pence
    June 19th, 2014

  • Pastors aren’t the only ones who end up in exile. Everyone does at some point in his or her life. But I have pastors in mind as I write this 40-da...
    Three—Five Reasons for Endin...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 19th, 2014

    Self-care
  • I was sitting in Starbucks with a guy who is just about to enter law school. He had large dreams of going into politics, prosecuting the life out of...
    Missional Living: Fight for Ri...
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 19th, 2014

    Missional Living
  • What’s your story?I don’t mean that blithely. I mean it literally. What is your story? God has given it to you for a purpose. And He wants to ...
    The Importance of Telling Your...
    By Laurie Short
    June 19th, 2014

    Preaching
  • There’s this woman, she changed my life, bettered me with her influence.We had this common bond, my friend who understood how hurts can interrupt...
    When Brokenness Motivates Us t...
    By Jo Ann Fore
    June 19th, 2014

    Women Leading
  • I am receiving an increasing number of inquiries about church planting or launching a new ministry. I like that. It shows people are still willing t...
    5 Steps in Planting a Church o...
    By Ron Edmondson
    June 19th, 2014

    New Church
  • The title might strike you strangely, but stick with me. I think you’ll understand.Leadership does not come with time. It comes with training. Nev...
    When Leading Is More Than Just...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 19th, 2014

    Leading Well
  • This is part three of the series “The Difficulty of Sharing Our Faith.”It can be difficult to share our faith. Sometimes when opportunities ar...
    Intolerance: Reasons It's Diffi...
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    June 19th, 2014

    Modern Apologetics
  • Driven by SuccessSamson is someone who had reached success but didn’t have the inner strength to sustain that success and the pressure of that su...
    Pastor's Soul: The Dark Side of...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 19th, 2014

    Pastor’s Soul
  • “What’s the worst that can really happen?” My friend Holley asked, coaching me through a time of transition. A time when it was difficult for ...
    Listen Like It Matters
    By Jo Ann Fore
    June 26th, 2014

    Women Leading
  • This is part four of the series The Difficulty of Sharing Our Faith.I’ve often heard people say the reason they find it difficult to share their fa...
    All The Right Answers: Reasons...
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    June 26th, 2014

    Modern Apologetics
  • I’m amazed at how many ex-pastors are still wandering in the wilderness, wondering what happened to them and having no idea how to get their lives...
    Day Four--Laid Bare
    By Remy Diederich
    June 26th, 2014

    Self-care
  • It’s not a sin to be an under-developed leader, we all started that way—but it is a sin to remain that way! The under-developed leader can wrec...
    The Under-Developed Leader
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 26th, 2014

    Leading Well
  • Wrecking things is fun. I remember years ago my parents bought a skanky lake house in New York. We had to gut the thing. We spent an entire day, sma...
    Renovation
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 26th, 2014

    Pastor’s Soul
  • I think I am getting tired of church again. Please do not worry about that comment. It happens to me every once in a while. Let me point out a few t...
    The Event of Church
    By Michael Hidalgo
    June 26th, 2014

    Missional Living
  • You will be glad to know you are not the only one who has experienced exile.Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden. We’ve been trying to...
    Day Five--Exile is Everywhere
    By Remy Diederich
    July 10th, 2014

    Self-care
  • I will never, ever do that again.An early-age humiliation pressed the silent vow into the hidden places of my heart, kindled this defiance of authe...
    When You’re Afraid to Share ...
    By Jo Ann Fore
    July 10th, 2014

    Women Leading
  • I may look calm on the outside. But on the inside I’m frantically trying to digest ridiculous amounts of complex carbs without storing cellulite.T...
    Complex Carbs—and the Comple...
    By Rhonda Rhea
    July 10th, 2014

    Ministry Spouses
  • Every other Wednesday night (or thereabout) a good friend of mine and I get together to talk about all things spiritual. It is a great time, one tha...
    Pastors Anonymous
    By Michael Hidalgo
    July 10th, 2014

    Missional Living
  • Most people question the reliability of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a friend or met someone in a coffee shop who said: ...
    What to Say When Someone Says
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    July 10th, 2014

    Modern Apologetics