Pastors aren’t perfect. They battle with temptation and sin just like the rest of us. But when they fall from grace, they make headlines—and sometimes they drag down whole congregations. So what does it take to be successful in Christian leadership? In his brand-new book, Faithful Leaders: And the Things That Matter Most, author and pastor Rico Tice helps us focus our ambitions on the things that matter to God rather than the things that impress the world. “Hearing your Creator and your Father say, ‘Well done’—that’s all that ultimately matters, isn’t it?” writes Rico, “That’s the measure of a…

It’s not uncommon for preachers to daydream about success in pastoral ministry. Every pastor wants to make a difference in the kingdom of God, and it’s easy for pastors to envision the perfect ministry situation in which they could really be used by Him. Indeed, it’s very easy for any of us—pastor or not—to think that there exists a “perfect” place to work. We think that if we can just be in that place, then we could really serve the Lord to the best of our abilities. A Remarkable Example In the Gospels, John the Baptist is portrayed as a…

By Hannah Brencher There’s a verse in the Psalms that I’ve heard nearly a hundred times without giving it a second thought: “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” That line—you anoint my head with oil—makes me think of a picture of someone sitting in a seat while someone else pours a basin of oil over them, a practice I don’t understand. When you don’t understand, there’s God and Google to take you a level deeper in your faith. “You anoint my head with oil” is a reference to a shepherd who pours oil over the heads of…

Being a disciple of Christ means doing the work of evangelism. Too often, people view the connection between discipleship and evangelism in one of two ways: either they inseparably lump them into one category, or one gets relegated to the wastelands of our faith life. If we are honest, usually evangelism gets the short end of the stick. The truth is, discipleship must include evangelism. Being a disciple of Christ means doing the work of evangelism. First, though, it is helpful to get clarity on what both terms mean. Evangelism is telling somebody about Jesus, so that person might respond…

Baylor’s seminary asked homiletics experts to pick the top English-speaking sermon givers of today’s generation. Even as many churches push for innovation, nothing can replace the power of a well-preached, gospel-centered message. Gallup has found that effective sermons still remain the biggest factor drawing Americans to church each Sunday. This week, Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary released its 2018 ranking of the ministers who set the standard for contemporary sermons. It lists a cross-denominational mix of evangelical heavyweights ranging from Reformed leaders such as John Piper and Tim Keller, to classic preachers such as Chuck Swindoll and the late Haddon…