3 Mistakes to Avoid When Leading a Bible Study

HOW TO LEAD A GREAT BIBLE STUDY BY ANDY DAVIS One of my favorite ways to teach the Bible is in a small group setting in which there is the opportunity for give and take, for dynamic interaction over the sacred texts of Scripture. To prepare for such Bible studies, for years I have written out discussion questions that get …

21 Days to Childlike Prayer

BY JED COPPENGER Charles Spurgeon was one of the greatest preachers in the history of Christianity. He was known as the “Prince of Preachers.” If you’ve ever read one of his many available sermons from the 1800s, then you can understand why so many are still impressed with his preaching ministry.  But it was prayer that Spurgeon believed gave his …

Towards Healthier Disagreements

By Jed Coppenger When the biblical idea of “unity and diversity” becomes a reality amongst Christians, most figure out that it is a lot messier than it sounds. There’s enough sin present amongst believers to make unity impossible, apart from a massive influx of heart-transforming grace.  One of the temptations in the midst of the friction is either to be, …

Why Hope is Essential to Healthy Ministry

HOW TO TREAT SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION IN MINISTRY? By Andrew Davis Spiritual Depression Temporary fits of spiritual depression have engulfed some of the choicest servants of the Lord throughout church history. It is amazing to read the list of those who confessed to feeling dark despair crowd into their souls at critical moments: Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Adoniram Judson, …

Seven Ways to Practice Financial Stewardship in Your Health Plan: Smart spending can keep your health care from costing an arm and a leg.

By Scott CharbonneauManaging Director of Insurance SolutionsGuideStone As a pastor, you most likely preach on biblical stewardship from the pulpit and also practice it within your personal budget. With costs rising on everything from food to gas, every penny counts as you seek to honor the Lord with your finances. It pays to shop smart — especially when it comes to …

From the Son of a Baptist Preacher: How Church Plans and Housing Allowance Work in Your Favor as a Pastor

Follow Our Lead on Church Plans for Your Retirement Needs By Stephen Osborne, Senior Relationship Manager in Retirement Solutions Ministers and ministries are unique — both in mission and in operations. As a minister, you received an inspirational calling from God and most likely pursued theological training to prepare for your vocation. But did your seminary offer you a class …

5 Ways to Make Southern Baptist Life Better

By Jed Coppenger The SBC has problems. Lots of them. If you’ve been around the SBC very long, that’s not a surprising statement. What is unique about our current situation is the nature of the topics around which we disagree—race, politics, women in ministry, handling abuse—and the intensity with which we disagree. People don’t just disagree with each other; they demonize their …

How An Ounce of Prevention Saves You Cash and Keeps You Healthy: Three reasons preventive care is the best medicine for your health and your wallet

By Scott Charbonneau, Managing Director of Insurance Business Development Did you know the most valuable benefit of almost any insurance plan is free? Nearly all major health plans include preventive care benefits with no out-of-pocket expenses when you seek care within your plan’s network. Plus, these benefits are built into all health plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act …