Pastor from Norilsk: “Local residents have an unspoken desire – to leave here”

Pastor Alexander Lebedev has been serving in the North of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for 12 years.…

Some Trust in Numbers. How Counting Can Ruin a Ministry

Today, more than ever before, we live in a world obsessed with numbers. Modern technology has…

Rodion Samoilovich: mercenaries, heirs and the kingdom of God on earth

“Pray like this: Our Father who art in heaven! Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come;…

How Much Should a Pastor Tell His Wife?

Every church leader has been there. We arrive home after an excruciating meeting with someone whose…

On Ministry Transitions (and Leaving ‘Loose Ends’ with Christ)

I am preparing a farewell sermon to my church. It’s my first major ministry transition—and therefore…

How Even Healthy Churches Can Spiral Quickly into Dysfunction

Like an organism, when church health declines, it typically does so slowly. But there are cases…

Four Words of a Dying Church: “I’ve Done My Time”

Many, if not most, churches struggle to find volunteers. This challenge is not new, but it…

Why I’m Staying at My Church After a Hard Year

On Wednesday, November 4—the day after the 2020 election—my inbox filled up with emails from the…

Young Pastor, Don’t Look Down on Your Elders

When I was first called to minister in a church, I was a young man—a boy…