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10 Ways the Church Turns Off the Next Generation 

Most pastors and churches I know are trying hard to reach the next generation. Some are doing a good job, while some are barely moving the needle. The difference is related to their methods and how they convey the message. I have been mentoring young leaders since the late 1970s and have discovered keys to…

Ten Kinds of People Nobody Can Help

I’ve been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But, I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for input. The following are ten kinds of people I have identified that are so…

Our Declaration of Independence From God

Since the original Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson and made official in 1776, the USA has made an about turn from the values of that document. Anyone examining the Declaration of Independence is immediately impacted by the new nation’s utter dependence upon God, His providence and its Judeo/Christian worldview. The fact that their…

Top 10 Reasons for Leadership Stress

Having served in various kinds of leadership capacities for the past four decades, I have observed common stress points for both workplace and church place leaders. Not dealing with several of these can result in burnout, as well as personal and vocational failure. I have collapsed my observations down to a top ten list for…

Signs of Counterfeit Churches and Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Scripture teaches us that in the days of Paul the Apostle there were teachers who taught the people what they wanted to hear, turning them away from the truth. In the Book of Revelation, Jesus commended the Ephesian church for testing those who claimed to be apostles but were not and found them to be…

15 Contrasts Between True and False Apostolic Leaders 

Jesus commended the Ephesian church for testing apostles to see if they were legitimate—we should do the same (Revelation 2:2). Also, for the sake of brevity, I am going to use term “apostle” for the title of each point instead of my usual “apostolic” (I usually use the term as an adjective rather than an…

Seven Contrasts between Fathers and Teachers

The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 4:15 that we have many teachers but not many fathers in the church. During this Father’s Day season it is important to remember the significant role fathers play in the formation of both their spiritual and biological children. I speak as a person who functions in and understands…

7 Signs That Help Discern Between Flakey, False Prophets, Part II

The following is part two of my article “7 Signs That Help Discern Between Flakey and False Prophets.” As already stated in the first part of this article, by flakey I am referring to a prophetic leader who has serious flaws in their ministry, but their heart and motive is generally right before God. By…

7 Signs that Help Discern Between Flakey, False Prophets Part I

The prophetic movement and or prophetic leaders have perhaps been the most controversial in the Body of Christ the past several decades. Some of it has to do with the fact that many people are afraid of any move of the Spirit and or criticize that which they do not understand. However, as someone who…

10 Ways to Raise the Level of Your Influence

Many people desire to have a lot more influence than they currently have. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how this can take place. Some Believers have a mystical approach and think that just because a spiritual leader prays over them or gives them a prophetic word – they will somehow be elevated or have…