5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders


You obviously need to follow Jesus, believe the truth of his Word, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. A solid theology is the foundation for any year of preaching and leading in the context of a local church.

And then there are the practical tools and resources that we use to grow as leaders and communicators. They’re often created by other leaders who have traveled the road before us.

As you look into 2017 and hope to grow, to preach, and to lead well, here are five practical, helpful tools I recommend for your arsenal…

1. The Purpose Driven Leadership Course

Purpose Driven Church Leadership CourseHow to Be a Purpose Driven Church isn’t about church growth. It’s about church health. Based on Pastor Rick Warren’s popular Purpose Driven Church Conference, this seven-session course helps your church grow:

  • Warmer through fellowship
  • Deeper through discipleship
  • Stronger through worship
  • Broader through ministry
  • Larger through evangelism

More than 500,000 pastors and church leaders from 164 countries have benefited from this material – discovering that a church grows when its members are moved to become the mature Christ-followers they’re called to be.

And your church will benefit too with each of these practical, Bible-based sessions:

  • Building a Purpose Driven Church
  • Reaching Our Community Through Evangelism
  • Attracting a Crowd to Worship
  • Building Our Congregation in Fellowship
  • Developing Our Committed Through Discipleship
  • Empowering Our Core for Ministry
  • Sending Our Commissioned on Outreach

This course is like bringing your entire team to a Purpose Driven Conference, without the time and expense. For each sessions content you can use the included video teaching or teach the sessions yourself with the help of the full teaching transcript, and then will be able to use the action based discussion supplied at the end of each session to lead your team into some steps you can immediately take to strengthen God’s purposes in your church.

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And by the way, pretty much everything at Pastors.com is going to be helpful, practical, and powerful to help you grow as a leader and a communicator.

2. MinistryPass

MinistryPassI collect sermon series ideas and graphics the way some kids collect sports cards. That’s why I love MinistryPass! But it’s more than graphics.

Curating resources from great teachers and communicators, my friend Justin Trapp puts together some awesome sermon series packages as well as resources for youth ministry, leadership, planning, and teaching.

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3. Ministry Library

Rick Warren says keep learning!Ministry Library is an enormous collection of videos created by some of today’s top leaders. Some are book summaries. Others are teaching courses on every conceivable area of ministry. I’ll be contributing content in 2017, too.

Ministry Library is a ready-to-use leadership development system that allows you to learn faster, apply more and lead better.

The great thing is, you can join for just $1 and there’s even a money-back guarantee.

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4. Ministry Downloads

MinistryDownloads is a new resource that my friend, Terrace Crawford, unveiled recently. He collects together tons of awesome digital resources and downloadables and packages them in bundles, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Ministry Downloads

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5. Coaching

Leadership and Ministry CoachingYep, this last one is something I believe in strongly – coaching! Over the last five years, I’ve been coached by several guys who have helped me make big decisions, grow as a leader, and chart a course for a more successful future.

Coaching isn’t about being told what to do by an expert. It’s about solving the issues that are keeping you up at night with someone trained and experienced in asking the right questions and pointing you in the right direction.

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These are just a few of my favorite practical resources for pastors and ministry leaders. I’ll blog about more in the days to come, but in the meantime, what would you add to my list?

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. While purchasing using these links does not affect your price, I would earn a small commission. And know that I only recommend products I really believe in.