How Pastoral Care Stunts The Growth Of Most Churches

It’s time we put some more practical articles up for parish priests, so we have a new category: Growing Your Parish. We’ll be offering more articles, and seeking more (!), of a useful nature to Orthodox parish clergy on removing growth barriers to making small missions and parishes larger, and sustaining growth past certain barriers. […]

Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to Churchgoers

by Lydia Saad STORY HIGHLIGHTS Three in four worshippers say sermons a major factor in why they go Youth programs, outreach and volunteer opportunities also important Preferring to worship solo is main reason non-attenders eschew services WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Easter and Passover help fill churches and synagogues this week, a new Gallup poll suggests […]

7 TEDTalks That Will Make You a Better Preacher

By Megan Briggs   You may have studied exegesis, theology, and even counseling people in seminary, but what did you learn about body language, the mechanics of speaking, and overcoming stage fright  TED has been known to provide some incredibly helpful information for leaders and innovators. In other words, their content is a gold mine […]

Inoculating Your Listeners Against the Gospel

Originally published as Inoculating Against the Gospel on Preachers Institute in January 2010, this article is one of our most popular and clearly belongs in the “Bad Sermons 101” category. The questions a preacher must consider when preparing his sermon are many.  One such question must be: “Is my sermon a vaccination against sin and […]

The Rise of the ‘Done with Church’ Generation

by Thom Schulz Do you still think plumbing the depths of Scripture in expository preaching is not important? Has your flock heard everything they are going to? John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously and leads others passionately. But last year he dropped out of church. He […]

On Becoming An Equal To The Apostles

by St. John Chrysostom Wherefore, if you desire to become equal to the apostles, there is nothing to hinder you. For to have arrived at this virtue only suffices for your not at all falling short of them. Let no one therefore wait for miracles. For though the evil spirit is grieved, when he is […]