Church & Ministry





A good shepherd protects the flock from wolves, and feeds them good food. What does it look like when we conduct our churches and ministries in a biblical way? What happens when churches stop protecting, and become interested in selfish gain? Is it even okay to ask these questions?





Reluctant Mentors  |   May 20, 2016
God blesses us with good, godly mentors. But He also blesses us by protecting us for those who aren't for us.

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    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


The Seven Churches of Revelation  |  May 16, 2016
Today, seeker-friendly mega-churches seem to be the goal. But Jesus had very different standards for the seven churches of Revelation — and for the modern church.

Read more...    |    Bill Brenner


The Hands and Feet of Jesus — and the Mouth!  |  May 2, 2016
What does it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Is a ministry truly Christian if the Gospel is never proclaimed?

Read more...    |    S. Michael Houdmann


Confession  |  May 2, 2015
Confession is one of the must underappreciated discipline in the church today. There is a reason we are called to confess our sins to one another; why don't we do it?

Read more...    |    John Ruiz-Bueno


Boring Sermons  |  Mar 14, 2015
We try to be holy and respectful and good examples in church. But sometimes sermons are just downright boring. Fortunately, there's an app for that...

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


GotQuestions.org FAQs  |  Jan 2016
Why does GotQuestions.org give recommended resources with its articles?
Why does GotQuestions.org allow women writers to answer men's questions?
Why doesn't GotQuestions.org give different interpretations of Scripture passages?
How does GotQuestions follow up with new believers?
How is GotQuestions funded?

Start Here    |    S. Michael Houdmann


Gather in His Name  |   Feb 22, 2016
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian and avoiding a church doesn't make you an unbeliever. But God does give us very specific instructions to gather together in His name.

Read more...    |    Laurel J. Davis


Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, 1925-2016  |  Feb 18, 2016
Dr. Charles C. Ryrie has left us, but his works remain. Few have made such a great and lasting impact on Christian theology. He will be missed.

Read more...    |    Kristi-Joy Matovich


The Roles of Churches and Bible Studies  |  Dec 21, 2015
Churches and Bible studies fill very specific roles, and the two are not interchangeable. Why we need both in our lives.

Read more...    |    Tim White


Movie Review: Spotlight  |  Dec 14, 2015
Abuse of children by clergy leaves unique and horrible scars. The movie Spotlight reveals what happens when a religious organization protects its clergy at the expense of its children.

Read more...    |    Kristi-Joy Matovich


Ministry Highlight: Global Action  |  Nov, 2015
A behind-the-scenes look at Global Action, a ministry dedicated to empowering and equiping local pastors and church leaders in developing nations.
Part 1: Ministry Highlights
Part 2: Social Justice and the Great Commission

Start Here...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Sexual Sin in the Congregation  |  Nov 16, 2015
Sexual sin within a church congregation is, sadly, not uncommon. How should church leadership react? And how should other members respond when their leadership ignores the issue?

Read more...    |    Tim White


Sojourns of the Children of Abraham  |  Oct 28, 2015
Three children of Abraham meet in a clinic in a train station. One has nothing, one has shoes, and one has God's promise to Abraham. When Middle East refugees need more than shoes, God is there.

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Appointed to His Service  |   Oct 28, 2015
How do we serve God? Through the church. When we show up to the church, the Word of God will show us how God can use us to serve Him and others.

Read more...    |    Laurel J. Davis


C.T. Studd: Cannibals need Missionaries, too  |  Oct 20, 2015
C.T. Studd gave up a professional athletic career, a large inheritance, and his health for one reason: to reach the lost for Christ. And to be an example for us.

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


7 Issues the Modern Evangelical Church must Face  |  Sep 28, 2015
The world is changing fast, and the evangelical church needs to keep up. What are the serious issues the church must face?

Read more...    |    Robin Vinz Salvador


A Personal Perspective on "First Lady" of the Church  |   Sep 15, 2015
What is the "first lady" of the church? Is it biblical for the pastor's wife to receive special honor?

Read more...    |    Laurel J. Davis


The Gospel Does Not Need Our Help  |   Aug 20, 2015
Why do preachers feel the need to embellish the Gospel? Why do churches over-dramatize, exaggerate, and over-emphasize their role in the ministry of the Gospel?

Read more...    |    Laurel J. Davis


Davidic Worship  |  Aug 11, 2015
What is Davidic worship? Did King David establish the way we are to worship?

Read more...    |    Fredric A. Carlson


The Lutheran Church  |  Jul 27, 2015
What are the beliefs of the Lutheran Church? Is Lutheran theology biblical?

Read more...    |    Gary Meredith


Detecting False Prophets  |  Jul 20, 2015
What differentiates a false prophet from a prophet sent by God? A case study, using the Nigerian "prophet" TB Joshua.

Read more...    |    Gary Meredith


Art: Of Worship and Memory  |  Jun 15, 2015
What is the role of art in church? How does art relate to memory and worship?

Read more...    |    T. Jaden Ozwell


The Least of These  |  May 25, 2015
Who are "the least of these"? Do we serve the needy or those who we relate to?

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Loving God — Hurtful Church  |  Jun 1, 2015
God seems to act less directly in the world today, instead choosing to work through His church. So how can we think of God as loving if His church is hurtful

Read more...    |    Christopher Schwinger


Are faith healings real or phony?  |  May 18, 2015
Jesus performed healings to prove he was Messiah and gifted the Apostles to heal as well. If healings were never the focus of his ministry, should they be ours?

Read more...    |    Jim Allen


And the Pendulum Swings...  |  Apr 13, 2015
We naturally react to beliefs that are false or non-relatable by moving away from them, like a pendulum. How does the movement of the church toward relevancy relate to the truth?

Read more...    |    Jordan Walker


Anderson  |  Mar 25, 2015
An orphaned 10-year-old boy has a decision: the streets and drugs or the love of God. Compassion International made that choice possible.

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Sanctuary  |  Mar 18, 2015
Compassion International provides meals, education, healthcare, and Jesus' love. But in the darkest parts of Brazil, they also bring sanctuary.

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


What is true poverty?  |  Apr 28, 2014; Revised Mar 18, 2015
What is true poverty? What is mental poverty? What is spiritual poverty? Is poverty much more than the absence of money?

Read more...    |    S. Michael Houdmann


Age 10: The Crucial Year  |  Dec 3, 2014
Studies are showing what youth workers have known for a long time — age 10 is a crucial year for influencing kids. How are we reaching our fifth graders?

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Nephews, Play-Doh Fun Factories, and the Church Body  |  Oct 29, 2014
When God gives gifts to others in the church body, do we thank Him? We should be grateful to others and give honor where honor is due. But we must not forget the Source.

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


The Purpose of the Congregation  |  Oct 15, 2014
When a believer doesn't regularly assemble together in God-fearing fellowship with other members of the family of Christ, not only does he close off other people whom he can help, he also closes himself off to all of the benefits that a close spiritual family offers — a family he can rely on, stand up for and share in God's blessings with.

Read more...    |    Laurel J. Davis


Abusing the Sheeple: The despicable 1st Class people of the church  |  Sep 3, 2014
Spiritual abuse by church leaders is a continuing problem. How should believers respond to abusers living among us?

Read more...    |    Jim Allen


Is corporate prayer more effective than praying alone?  |  Aug 27, 2014
Matthew 18:19-20 seems to say that prayer is more effective if done in a group. Is that true? To roadmap the answer, it will be helpful to explain the nature of prayer and why we do it.

Read more...    |    Jesse McPhaill


Lifeboats and the Fear of Witnessing  |  Aug 25, 2014
Most believers do not bother sharing the gospel with their neighbor for a variety of reasons. Why do believers have a fear of witnessing?

Read more...    |    Jim Allen


Spiritual Abuse is Alive and Well  |  Jun 17, 2014
The Bible has strong warnings for church leaders who engage in spiritual abuse, the mistreatment of innocent souls. What is this warning to the abuser? What and how should the church handle the abusive brethern among us?

Read more...    |    Jim Allen


Compassion International in the Dominican Republic  |  Apr/May, 2014
Compassion International has served children in the Dominican Republic since 1970. Learn more about how they 'release children from poverty in Jesus' name.'

Context and Overview  |  Kersley Fitzgerald
The Child Sponsorship Program  |  MeLissa LeFleur
What is true poverty?  |  S. Michael Houdmann
The Complementary Intervention Program  |  Gwen Sellers
The Leadership Development Program  |  Gwen Sellers


Citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven: Loving without Borders  |  Apr 30, 2014
The world tells us to take care of needs at home before we worry about others. But is that what Jesus taught? What are the practical implications of being a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven?

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Thanks for the Decade!  |  Apr 9, 2014
Jeff Laird looks back over ten years as a volunteer writer for Got Questions.

Read more...    |    Jeff Laird


Missionary Support  |  Mar 17, 2014
Missionaries work long hours in often dangerous circumstances. They have to raise their own tenuous support. All to fill a calling God has given them. How can we take better care of our missionaries?

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Children's Ministry  |  Mar 12, 2014
We have these children for a very short time. What can God do during this time to change the course of their lives?

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Disagreeing with Church Leadership  |  Feb 7, 2014
What should we do if we disagree with decisions made by church leadership? What is the difference between unbiblical direction and decisions that are that are inefficient or based on personal preference?

Read more...    |    Tim White


On Worship and Work  |  Feb 7, 2014
What do we do when we realize we don't actually like worship services? Should we skip? Or is the effort in itself a form of worship?

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Are you ready for the call?  |  Feb 3, 2014
Do we receive our calling by personal message? Or by being so close to God we overhear His still, small voice?

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


Counseling and the Church  |  Jan 28, 2014
Christian counseling is good and needed, but where is the church? Couldn't the church provide much of the support now left to professional counseling?

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


Ministry and Social Media: Share Good Content Well  |  Jan 21, 2014
Very few of us, including ministries, can escape the social media vortex. How can we use social media to share good content well?

Read more...    |    Kristi-Joy Matovich


You want to give me money to do what I love to do? What?!?  |  Jan 15, 2014
The fact that people donate to GotQuestions.org continues to amaze and encourage us. We love what we do and are therefore tremendously blessed to be able to serve God and earn a living at the same time.

Read more...    |    S. Michael Houdmann


The Trials and Blessings of a Church Elder  |  Jan 14, 2014
A pastor's kid thinks back to her own childhood when her husband is asked to become an elder. Are the trials, hard work, and lack of appreciation really worth it?

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Helping the Homeless  |  Dec 31, 2013
The raggedy man stands on the corner with a dog and a sign begging for money. Do we roll down the window and give him a few bucks? What if there was a way we could know we were really helping?

Read more...    |    Michael Blunk


How to Witness to Atheists  |  Nov 18, 2013
How do you witness to atheists? With love, humility, patience, and prayer. In short, with the same attitude we should have in all our encounters.

Part 1: Attitude
Part 2: Resources

Start Here    |    Maggie Peil


And the answer is...  |  Oct 11, 2013
Having all the answers isn't all it's cracked up to be, or at least not all I have previously cracked it up to be. The truth of the matter is there just isn't always black-and-white. In my opinion, accepting that reality opens us up to enjoy life more fully.

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


Neediness and Love  |  Oct 2, 2013
Neediness and love. We tend to think of these as a bad combination. But, sometimes neediness and love are a beautiful combination, an opportunity to practice deep, godly love.

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


Holy Jeans  |  Sep 9, 2013
What is appropriate attire for church? Should we dress up for church?

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Ten Questions to Help You Identify Your Calling/Vocation  |  Sep 3, 2013
Every Christian has a unique vocation. But, how do we know what it is? Here are ten questions to answer that will help you find out your calling in ministry.

Read more...    |    Alan Cross


Deepening the Soul for Justice by Bethany Hoang  |  Aug 26, 2013
Passion, righteous anger, and human energy are not enough to fight injustice in the world. We must be equipped by the God of justice. 'Deepening the Soul for Justice' explains how.

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


The Essentials of Apologetics Slideshow 1: Why Apologetics?  |  Jul 29, 2013
In collaboration with apologetics315.com, Robin Schumacher presents a series of slideshows for churches and teachers on Christian apologetics.

Read more...    |    Robin Schumacher


Works Gift-Wrapped in Love  |  Jul 15, 2013
Pride can make us hide from our spiritual gifts; narrow-mindedness can make us hoard them. Only love can turn a work into a gift.

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Intra-Cultural Christian  |  Jun 27, 2013
We are called to live in the world, not be of it. But we can't do that unless we're actually living in the world.

Read more...    |    Rebekah Largent


Walking with a Friend through the Valley of Depression  |  Jun 13, 2013
Most of us know someone who has suffered from depression. Knowing what to do about it is another matter. What do our depressed friends need? And how can we love and support them while still acknowledging their pain?

Read more...    |    Gwen Sellers


The Grace of Church Discipline  |  May 24, 2013
Jesus laid out exactly how we are to confront another believer with sin. It's a system designed to create healing and restoration. Abusive or ignored church discipline humiliates and shames the innocent and forsakes the guilty.

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Watching the Mighty Fall: Jason Russell, Greg Mortenson, Ted Haggard  |  May 3, 2013
Jason Russell, Greg Mortenson, and Ted Haggard claimed to dedicate their lives to helping others but lost credibility when the truth came to light. What happened and how should we respond?

Read more...    |    Kersley Fitzgerald


Igniting Passion for Ministry  |  Mar 21, 2013
God's word tells us that a people without vision will perish. However, the problem is that those with the vision are waiting for someone else to act upon them, leaving these good ideas unrealized. The church has a great deal of vision, but what it is lacking is passion.

Read more...    |    Jeff Reiter


Does the Local Church Still Matter?  |  Feb 18, 2013
A growing number of Western Christians have dropped out of local church life, claiming their disdain for organized religion has caused them to love Jesus but also want to leave the church. In a day and age when believers can download the world's top sermons and songs at will, does the local church still matter?

Read more...    |    Dillon Burroughs


My Refrigerator Kid  |  Jan 28, 2013
Several years ago, my husband and I changed our perspective on children. We haven’t been able to have kids of our own, but we decided that instead of moping around and bemoaning our lack, we would enjoy life and serve others. One of our greatest joys is being able to invest in the lives of other people’s children. One way we have done this is through Compassion International.

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


Ministry is More Than Treating Symptoms  |  Jan 15, 2013
God is never more glorified than when His servants loosen the bonds, undo the yoke, set the captive free, and break every yoke. Ministry is a process that takes time and the sufficiency of God’s grace flowing through our lives on a consistent basis—not have-it-your-way, consumerism church.

Read more...    |    Jeff Reiter


The Solas of the Reformation (And Why They Matter Today)  |  Oct 2012
During the Protestant Reformation, leaders developed a list of five “solas” to define the differences between their movement and what they perceived as the unbiblical excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. A quick look at this list of solas reveals that their influence has been great.

Part 1: Sola Scriptura
Part 2: Sola Fide
Part 3: Sola Gratia
Part 4: Solo Christo & Soli Deo Gloria

Start here...    |    Dillon Burroughs


God is a Firefighter  |  Jun 28, 2012
Mercy To The Least Of These - A Spiritual Warfare Challenge. One of the greatest forms of spiritual warfare that we can wage is to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and to look for opportunities to bless "the least of these".

Read more...    |    Jonathan Fashbaugh


Hypocrisy in the Black Church? A Same-Sex Marriage Debate  |  May 16, 2012
The black church is the center of same sex marriage debate in a recent article. Is it hypocrisy for the black church to denounce homosexuality, in light of slavery?

Read more...    |    Robin Schumacher


A Letter to Infertile Women on Mother's Day  |  May 9, 2012
Infertility can be very difficult for women who desire children, and Mother's Day can be a painful reminder. Here are a few tips for surviving Mother's Day with your heart intact. If you're a woman struggling with infertility, this letter is for you.

Read more...    |    MeLissa LeFleur


The Love Of The Father  |  May 9, 2012
The Bible is filled with great pictures of the love of the Father. See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

Read more...    |    Jonathan Fashbaugh


An Unfamiliar Pastor  |  Apr 25, 2012
As we read about the pastor in Pilgrim's Progress, some thought it was the Apostle Paul, others thought a good teacher and still others, a "spiritual person." Why, I wondered, did not one person see in this description a portrait of their, or anyone's, pastor?

Read more...    |    Dolores Kimball


The Bible Verses Women Hate  |  Apr 11, 2012
Bible verses about submission and not speaking in church can be difficult for women to accept. Those same verses have been skewed by some scholars to eliminate conflict. However, it can't be denied that God means what He says.

Read more...    |    Dolores Kimball


The Parachurch Paradox  |  Mar 19, 2012
Some may argue that the good parachurch ministries do far outweighs the dangers inherent in the system. But are we becoming too pragmatic? What is the guiding principle that Christians follow, and how are we tempted to depart from it?

Read more...    |    Dolores Kimball


Jesus, Not Religion  |  Feb 28, 2012
Rituals and religion can make people feel good. The dedication of time and observing strict guidelines gives people a sense that they are reaching out to a higher power. But what does Jesus have to do with any of that?

Read more...    |    Jonathan Fashbaugh


The Spirit and the Body of Christ  |  Feb 21, 2012
As the human spirit inhabits the human body, so the Holy Spirit inhabits the Body of Christ, the Church. How does this work? How is the human body like the church, and what does this analogy mean?

Read more...    |    Kevin Stone


Why Is There So Much Violence in the Old Testament?  |  Feb 7, 2012
How could the same God who said "love your enemies" and to "do good to those who hate you" also order the Israelite people to engage in violent warfare?

Read more...    |    Dan Barkman


Is the Bible Corrupted?  |  Jan 31, 2012
Is the Bible corrupted, or changed? How can we be certain that we have the same words written down by the original authors? How can we be sure that we are reading what they wrote?

Read more...    |    Dillon Burroughs


What Makes Tim Tebow a Christian  |  Jan 24, 2012
What makes Tim Tebow Christian? Is it 'tebowing' in prayer? Is it charity for others? Or is it something else? Read an amazing story about Tebow's love for hurting people, and the work he does for others off the field.

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The Ceiling Fan Podcast: A New & Authentic Voice in Youth Ministry  |  Jan 07, 2012
The Ceiling Fan podcast uses silly humor and engaging audio production to connect with kids and teens, and adds a refreshingly authentic voice to the world of Christian youth ministry.

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Sermon Humor: Beware the Clown in the Pulpit  |  Oct 26, 2011
What feelings should be induced by listening to a sermon? Humor is often used to produce a light-hearted antidote to heavy convictions. But does it go too far and erase them entirely?

Read more...    |    Robin Schumacher


Down with Dufflepudism!  |  May/Jun, 2011
Dufflepudism is rampant in the evangelical world today as Christians are buying into every new fad that comes along, and blindly accepting each new philosophy. Just like the Dufflepuds in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we cry "Yes! That sounds good!"

Down with Dufflepudism!
The Dufflepuds and Miss California
Angelica Zambrano and the Christian Dufflepuds

Start here...    |    Dolores Kimball






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