One-on-One with Karl Vaters on ‘Small Church Essentials’

One-on-One with Karl Vaters on ‘Small Church Essentials’

Instead of striving for church growth, I encourage churches and pastors to work on increasing their capacity for effective ministry.


Ed: How did you come to write Small Church Essentials?

Compelled to Share: Do You Have a Urgency to See Others Know the Love of Jesus?

Compelled to Share: Do You Have a Urgency to See Others Know the Love of Jesus?

I couldn’t not share of this great love I had just encountered because I couldn’t bear the thought of anyone else feeling like I had.


Counseling Across America: Regional Snapshots of What Problems Rank Highest

Counseling Across America: Regional Snapshots of What Problems Rank Highest

The stigma that was often attached to pursuing mental wellness is slowly going away—and Americans are increasingly taking charge of their mental health because of it.


Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?

Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?

Making sure your church is a loving, welcoming environment that genuinely seeks to share the gospel is a great way to address stagnation and to actively pursue growth.


One-On-One with Matt Mikalatos on Good News for a Change

One-On-One with Matt Mikalatos on Good News for a Change

If gospel really means “good news,” we shouldn’t be surprised that most people will be delighted to talk about it.


One-On-One with Matt Mikalatos on Good News for a Change

Church Succession: How to Lead Our Churches into a Healthy Future

Church Succession: How to Lead Our Churches into a Healthy Future

As pastors age, they can prepare so that the transition of leadership in their churches passes smoothly and their churches are set to stay on a healthy trajectory.


Church succession can be a sticky subject and sometimes involves a lot of awkward conversations. But it doesn’t have to. As pastors age, they can prepare so that the transition of leadership in their churches passes smoothly and their churches are set to stay on a healthy trajectory.

One-on-One with Matt Perman on ‘How to Get Unstuck’

One-on-One with Matt Perman on ‘How to Get Unstuck’

By doing our work more effectively for Christ’s sake, we participate with God in his work to renew all things.


One-on-One with Matt Perman on ‘How to Get Unstuck’

Ed: There are many books on productivity, but you write that your book “is about getting unstuck so that you can accomplish God’s purposes more effectively.” Why did you take this focus?

One-on-One with Lon Allison on Billy Graham and Cancer

One-on-One with Lon Allison on Billy Graham and Cancer

Together we can reach the world.


One-on-One with Lon Allison on Billy Graham and Cancer

Ed: Not too long ago you were diagnosed with an aggressive liver cancer and have been receiving treatment. How has this impacted your faith and the way you view God?

Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

A decade of deep suffering has led me to ask a lot of hard questions.


I can recall hearing the words “chronic illness” being spoken from a stage twice in my lifetime. Once was during a worship service during my orientation to Wheaton College in 2016. The other was also at Wheaton College, this time from my own lips as I shared about my illness in chapel the following year.

The Importance of Volunteers in the Church

The Importance of Volunteers in the Church

To all volunteers, thank you for the ways you serve Christ and his church.


Most of us know how essential volunteers are to making sure our churches are as effective as they need to be. Churches need to develop an ethos of valuing volunteers, but in order for churches to thrive, they would do best to raise up volunteers who are leaders and choose leaders who have been volunteers.

Pages