What to Do When You Receive Unwanted Sexual or Provocative Messages from Admirers

By Phil Cooke

You don’t have to be a leader for long before you start receiving unwanted e-mails, text messages, or phone calls from “admirers.” While some may be innocent, it’s difficult to tell at the start, and for the

Why Genre Matters in Preaching

Riding on the City of New Orleans, 
Illinois Central Monday morning rail 
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders, 
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail. 
All along the southbound odyssey 
The train pulls out at Kankakee 
Rolls along past houses,

How to Handle a Crisis

One of our most valued and long time clients has been Jack Graham, pastor of  Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. We work with the PowerPoint radio and television outreach hosted by Pastor Graham. Kathleen and I consider Jack and

The Most Misunderstood Role In Ministry: The Executive Pastor

After decades working with churches around the world, I’ve discovered one of the most difficult challenges pastors face is finding the right “Executive Pastor.”  Smaller churches don’t usually need one, but as churches grow, a leader in that role becomes …

Church Planting: A Layman’s Perspective

I will be the first to admit—I am far from an expert on church planting and the role that laypeople can play in that mission, which is perhaps not the best way to start an article on the subject. That …

Leaders Beware

A couple of Sundays ago after church, I was talking to my daughter Ava, and the topic of Satan came up. She informed me that Satan was the most beautiful of all of God’s creation. She said he was a …

Confronting Criticism: When Leaders Are Criticized

Leaders will be criticized. There is no denying this fact. The question is how do we deal with it in a healthy way?

I remember some of the first times I faced criticism in ministry and thought things such as …

Be Faithful: An Interview With Pastor Jack Graham

We sat down recently with Pastor Jack Graham to ask his advice on how to be faithful, stay the course, and be satisfied for the longevity of ministry. Watch this revealing and instructional interview to hear how Pastor Graham stays …

Sending Mission Teams: Commitment and Discipleship Through Mission

The Prestonwood Young Singles Ministry has been sending mission teams to Boston for over seven years to serve alongside Hope Fellowship Church.  Through the years we have poured time, effort, money, and manpower into the Greater Boston area.  That outpouring …

How To Lead: Leading Those Who Are Older, More Experienced, And More Influential

If you are anything like me, there is a phrase you hear more consistently than any other, “You’re the minister? You’re really young!” And if you are anything like me then you must stop yourself from any number of sarcastic …