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Healthy Churches

Fewer U.S. adults identify as Christian while those who claim no religious affiliation are increasing. It’s time for churches to learn to swim in the reality of today’s religious currents. Here are 4 ways to stay afloat. […] Read More

Your church had a major fallout with your last pastor. You’re ready to bring on a new pastor whom you’re sure will solve all of your problems. Before you call that vitalized pastor, here’s one word of advice: DON’T. Here’s why. […] Read More

Every Thanksgiving, we determine to be more thankful and more generous in the days ahead, but it’s challenging to do when life’s hardships assail us. So what’s the secret to maintaining a thankful heart beyond the holiday? […] Read More

In political and congregational spheres, fear drives a disturbing number of Christians to embrace harsh, divisive, self-centered and transactional leadership. Instead, we must practice Jesus’ way of peacemaking and humility. […] Read More

In our era of deep political divide, it’s extremely hard for church members to have civil dialogue about moral issues that have become politicized. Here’s how your church can learn to talk to each other and discern God’s leading. […] Read More

More than twice as many pastors struggle with depression compared to the national rate. When churches search for a new pastor, the process can exacerbate and trigger those who are already more prone to depression. […] Read More

Clergy are so busy ministering and offering hope to others, they quickly find themselves isolated and alone. Here are 10 ways your church can ensure the good mental health of your pastor. Make sure you minister to your minister. […] Read More

The ministry can be lonely. It can become even lonelier when ministers battle emotional and mental illnesses, such as depression. During those times, ministers cannot afford to cut themselves off from those who can help them. […] Read More

Churches or ministers can head down a path of destruction that requires stepping in with an intervention. If you think your church or minister is in trouble, proactively and humbly raise the possibility of seeking professional care. […] Read More

For pastors with mixed-politics congregations, here are 3 rules to hold your diverse ‘purple’ churches together as the political discourse grows increasingly toxic when the presidential race heats up. […] Read More