hen I was saved in 1996, it was into a conservative Evangelical church. I was fresh out of maximum security prison and I was a novelty item. There were a couple of hundred members of this church. The men dressed in suits and the women in nice dresses and hats

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I want to open up this topic of gender prejudice by stepping back to a time when the church was newborn, alive and growing after the resurrection, and there was an outpouring of God’s Spirit on both sons and daughters. The gospel was being released in both word and deed

A Simple Way to Deal with Criticism 2 Comments / Leadership, Life Balance, Ministry / By Charles Stone In the heat of the moment when someone criticizes us, it’s easy to react and make things worse. Too often when I’ve received a critical comment at church I’ve gotten defensive or said something

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Clay Scroggins is back on the podcast with some fresh insights from his brand new book, How to Lead in a World of Distraction. In an open and vulnerable interview, Clay talks about how the pressures of leadership led to him missing some of the signs of emotional ill-health, breaking down

hen people ask the question “What if?”, what they are actually doing is re-imagining a current situation. They are picturing a better reality. As Christians, we’re called to ask these “What if?” questions. The gospel compels us to re-imagine reality; not as “hopeful fantasy” but as what genuinely could happen with

Christian entrepreneurs are going to change the world. In Christian church history, there have been periods of time when the church has really created a strict dividing line between clergy and laity; that is, between professional priests, pastors, and ministers versus all of the “ordinary” members who are not called to

Take a moment with me to think back on the baby showers you’ve been to. It seems like inevitably, when seasoned moms get together, the floodgates open. After a while, the mom-to-be is sitting there thinking she officially made the worst decision of her life—one she can’t take back. Okay,

Don’t judge me too quickly on the content of this article. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members. We think

In 2011, smartphones were almost a novelty. Just 35% of American adults had one. That number has more than doubled in the past six years, and more than 9 in 10 adults under 30 have a smartphone (via Pew Research). When someone is considering a new phone, the question is

by Kevin Peck Every one of us is a part of a family. If your family is anything like mine it is a great family, but far from perfect. My family is much like so many others. We love each other, care about each other and contribute to one another, and

Most believers want to grow spiritually. But often we stumble in our efforts to grow. Is there a key or a silver bullet that catalyzes our spiritual formation? Willow Creek’s Reveal survey of several thousand churches revealed not a silver bullet, but the number one catalyst that believers said contributed

by Kelly Balarie With all the details of my skinny, extra hot, double pump vanilla latte on my mind, I nearly missed him. My feet carried me faster than a cartoon roadrunner—and let’s be honest, there’s no time for anything when you have the anxiety of time chasing your heels. Must.

At any given time, there are close to 100 different churches that are considering working with The Unstuck Group. As our name implies, the churches that contact us have a sense that they are “stuck” in some way. I can sense in some of these early conversations, though, that some

Your church is likely entering a busy season. School has started. Members are in a routine again after the summer. Fall festivals details are being finalized. And Christmas season plans are being made. The abundance of events and outreach opportunities churches have planned for this time of year make for great

An emergency reserve is a cash reserve in the form of an interest-bearing savings or money market account that is always available and easy to get to in case of emergency. No matter who you are, you need one. It’s your first step in building your financial security. An emergency

Deep within the heart of every man is a God-given desire for relationship. This is the way we were created. Many times we attempt to develop relationships out of our natural reason and understanding. However, the frailty of those relationships brings great disappointment. The Bible teaches us the principle of covenant

Churches can learn a lot from businesses. It’s true. I hope I didn’t lose you with that statement. For many years, I have worked with my team at The Unstuck Group to help churches get unstuck. But, I periodically have had the chance to serve businesses as well. And there’s one

“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says, “They will eat and have some left over (2 Kings 4:43).” Sometimes, the best food is something you had left over from

With leadership comes a great responsibility to uphold a standard of integrity regardless of the cost. All too often we see leaders compromise their lifelong forged ethics just to gain the ever fleeting reward of “momentarily getting ahead.” This lack of ethical leadership has greatly shaped the continuing devaluing of

As Christians, we often subconsciously think we aren’t supposed to have too much. We’re afraid of being associated with bad theology, or we’ve seen people abuse the idea of being blessed, so we push back from the whole concept. But does such thinking align with what the Word of God

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At any given time, there are close to 100 different churches that are considering working with The Unstuck Group. As our name implies, the churches that contact us have a sense that they are “stuck” in some way. I can sense in some of these early conversations, though, that some

God May Be Talking to the Leader in the Office Next Door I have experience working with pastors who believe they are the only people who can hear the voice of God when it comes to shaping the vision and ministry strategy of a church. Here are some observations I have about