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The Three Characteristics Every Church Planter Needs

When Kay and I headed to Southern California in the last days of 1979 to start Saddleback Church, we had …
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The Three Characteristics Every Church Planter Needs

When Kay and I headed to Southern California in the last days of 1979 to start Saddleback Church, we had …

Four Reasons to Limit Our Freedom

I was still a long-haired hippie when God called me into the ministry. I’ll never forget when I was asked …

Three Ways to Respond to Good Friday

This Friday, we’ll remember the most expensive gift anyone has ever given us: God’s grace.  It’s free to us, but …

Nine Reasons Easter—and Other Big Days—Can Drive Church Growth

When I look back at the early growth of Saddleback, three days stick out: Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day. We …
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Facing Your Fear of Commitment

In more than 50 years of ministry, I’ve encountered many fears that threaten to derail what God wants to do …
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When You Don’t Know the Answer

One common challenge faced by leaders, including pastors and church leaders, is the fear of embarrassment—especially when met with hard …
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When You Don’t Feel Like You’re Good Enough

Satan painted a bullseye on your back the moment you stepped up to serve Jesus. So, no matter how you’re …
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Four Benefits of Trusting God

Faith is an interesting substance. You don’t get it by sitting in a Bible study group. You don’t get it by just …
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Take a Leap in 2024

Commitment is key to accomplishing anything in ministry. Without commitment, you won’t finish anything. You probably know many people in …
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Be Confident in God’s Direction

Confidence is important for all leaders, but it’s particularly important for leaders pursuing God’s mission in the world. Why is …
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Getting Clarity about 2024

Has God given you what feels like an impossible assignment? Maybe he is leading your church to reach a new …
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Never Doubt Your Ministry’s Significance

When it comes to churches, bigger isn’t better. Healthy is better. Your ministry matters to God, no matter the size …

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