Preparing Couples for a Marriage, Not a Wedding

As pastors, our call isn’t to put on a great prelude to a party (i.e., a wedding). It’s to prepare engaged couples for marriage, a lifelong relationship. Too often, time constraints lead many of us to focus the bulk of our “preparation” on planning a ceremony. Here’s how we can […]

Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples

30 Seconds That Can Transform Your Evangelism

Will there be roadblocks when we begin naturally sharing our faith with nonbelievers? Of course! I can tell you this: if you love people and spend time listening for the leading of the Holy Spirit, you will find your way. As you seek the Lord’s leading in your relationships with […]

Organic Outreach for Churches

A Fresh Look at Doubt and Doubting Thomas (Complete Sermon Outline)

Use or adapt the sermon below in your own preaching or teaching ministry. Sermon Title: Thomas: Changed from Doubt to Faith Text: “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his […]

The Zondervan 2019 Pastor's Annual: An Idea and Resource Book

The Power of Preaching Like a Teacher

J. I. Packer (1926–) is known primarily as a writer, theologian, and professor; however, throughout the majority of his career, he was a preacher dedicating himself to the training of theologically astute church people. Having stood in hundreds, if not thousands, of pulpits and classrooms throughout the world, Packer has […]

How to keep leaders (and guests) coming back for more

Alpha is a ten-week course that provides a safe place to explore life’s biggest questions. Globally proven and highly effective, Alpha creates a culture of invitation within your church and is a great front door for people exploring faith. We know that encouraging guests to come back to Alpha week […]

8 Spiritual Practices for Pastors (and Everyone) Facing Pressure to Achieve

Twenty years ago, when I first came to pastor Tenth Church in Vancouver, I was intimidated. I felt nervous about the challenge of pastoring a historic church that had dwindled from more than one thousand to a little more than one hundred members. The congregation was elderly and primarily of […]