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Having a healthy body means having regular physicals and exams with medical specialists. Having a healthy church body means that we do the same thing as its leaders. We think this idea of evaluating systems is so important, we want to give you a free Church Body Check-up.

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Phrases for Stages is a daily email that contains ‘just the right phrase for the right time’ you may find helpful in your preaching, leadership, or even personal life. These words of wisdom have been collected over decades by David Vaughan.

Soul Care

Feeling like a Ministry Imposter?

I heard someone say something years ago that I have seen to be so true: God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.Need evidence? Look at all that God has done (and is doing) in and through you. We weren't much when God called us, but we are much for...

Soul CareChurch Working Right

Living Soulistically

Sometimes, I make up words. Do you ever do that? Occasionally, no word already in usage satisfactorily captures what you want to get across. So, you just make one up. I get it.  In a session earlier this year, I told my counselor that I want to help local...

Sermons and Preaching

The Day I Met Arnold Palmer

Known as the ‘King’ of Golf, Arnold Palmer had his own ‘Army’ of fans. I was one. When I heard of his passing a few years ago, it brought to mind a summer day in Lexington, Kentucky, 35 years ago. Arnold was playing in a tourney there, where I was a youth...

Church Working Right

What is a ‘prevailing church?’

Gene Appel, a good friend and admired pastoral colleague, recently led a tremendously helpful and practical webinar on the topic of leading change for the CCL Network. Gene co-authored a book with Alan Nelson, titled How To Change Your Church Without Killing It, in...

Large Church Worshipping Together
Church Working Right

Taking Risks for God

In baseball, you can’t steal second and keep your foot on first. You have to venture into ‘the zone of the unknown’ and take some risks to win the game. The same is true for a church working right: prudent risks advance His mission.

Sermons and Preaching

An Unintended Application

I have always been amazed at how God consistently and often surprisingly fulfills the promise of Isaiah 55: As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields...

Church Working Right

The Youth Sports Cartel

I am a huge sports fan. Huge. I spent my last 20 years on the west side of Cincinnati and sports are a big part of the culture. After all, it’s the hometown of one Peter Edward Rose. There are so many things I love about sports. I love to play and I love to watch –...