7 Characteristics of Effective Preaching
7 Characteristics of Effective Preaching

For many years I have obsessed over studying great preaching and preachers. They are all different. All have their own unique style and approach to delivering a message. However, there are 7 characteristics that they all have in common. 1. Preach with Borrowed Authority The best preachers do not preach from their own authority, but…

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Preaching Tip: Celebrate the Results of Preaching, Publicly
Preaching Tip: Celebrate the Results of Preaching, Publicly

Preaching works! If you didn’t believe that, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. It’s effective. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to convict of sin, convince of truth and convert the heart. When I was growing up, people would make a “public profession of faith” before being baptized. While we don’t…

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About Our Sermon Calendars
Most Frequently Asked Questions About Our Sermon Calendars

For the fourth year in a row, October is when we release our brand-new yearly sermon calendars. For the last ten months, our team has been thinking, dreaming, praying, writing, and designing. Now, after nearly a year, we’re ready to unveil our work to the world. Our calendars are the most requested item we have…

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From Pizza Maker to Pastor
From Pizza Maker to Pastor

The Story Brent Sloan has been a member of Ministry Pass since the day we launched. We were humbled when he told us his story of going from pizza maker to pastor—and how Ministry Pass helped him make the jump. Check out Brent’s story in this video, and learn how Ministry Pass can help you…

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4 Factors to Balance in Your Preaching Calendar
4 Factors to Balance in Your Preaching Calendar

Hopefully, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching over a twelve-month period should be pre-planned with certain factors built in. Before a new year begins, I try to identify eight to twelve series’…

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Preaching Tips: Make Eye Contact with Everyone in the Room
Preaching Tips: Make Eye Contact with Everyone in the Room

Eye contact. It’s the most uncomfortable aspect of public speaking. Why? Because when we make eye contact with people, two things happen… We know a little bit more about what someone is thinking about what we’re saying. Our listeners know a little bit more about how we’re feeling about what we’re saying. And both can…

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5 Questions for Pastors Preaching in the Middle of a Cultural Crisis
5 Questions for Pastors Preaching in the Middle of a Cultural Crisis

When big news happens, pastors usually start an internal dialogue about the coming Sunday’s message. Do I preach the message I’d planned on preaching? The one I had announced and slotted perfectly into our current series? The one I’ve already spent a couple of early mornings and late nights working on? Or do I preach…

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Measuring a Church’s Growth Requires Both Statistics and Stories
Measuring a Church’s Growth Requires Both Statistics and Stories

Church metrics. That’s not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become “just a number,” and when people are just a number, we’ve failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we fail to count anybody, we allow people to slip through…

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How to Lead and Preach Through Your Weaknesses
How to Lead and Preach Through Your Weaknesses

Jesus was definitely an iconoclast, continually challenging the conventional thinking of His day. Twenty different times Jesus said, “You’ve heard it said… but I say to you…” And even today, his thoughts on leadership go against the grain. Most modern books on leadership, whether Christian or secular, give the same advice – be confident, never admit fear,…

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7 Safeguards for Using Humor in Preaching
7 Safeguards for Using Humor in Preaching

Laughter is good for the soul. Think back to a time when you and your friends or family burst into uncontrollable laughter. Aren’t these some of the best moments of your life? Laughter unites us. It reminds us that we are all imperfect. Plus it just feels good. There are some who argue that there…

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