Resources by Mike Leake

Mike Leake, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Lead Pastor at FBC Marionville in Marionville, Missouri. He is currently pursuing his M.Div. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Nikki, and they have two children, Isaiah and Hannah.

May 7, 2015

You'll Play How You Practice by Mike Leake

When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.

Dec 7, 2017

You Don't Even Have A Bucket, Jesus by Mike Leake

Maybe he’s not the fool; maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s my eyesight. Is it possible that I’m conversing with the One who can draw water without a bucket?

Sep 14, 2015

Why Your Pastor Might Be Depressed Today by Mike Leake

He isn’t being lazy—he’s being human. Monday morning depression is a real thing for most pastors.

Jun 27, 2017

Why Isaiah 6 Isn't Isaiah 1 by Mike Leake

Unless we have a vision of God’s holiness, we’ll be great at pronouncing woes against sinners, but woefully inadequate at proclaiming God’s grace.

Nov 9, 2017

Why I Celebrate Our $300 Advertising Budget

Thoughts on Kids and Youth Ministry

Promising kids the "best Wednesday they'll ever have" gets them thinking as consumers and, eventually, you're bound to disappoint a customer.

Apr 23, 2015

When You Didn't Bring the Bread by Mike Leake

In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.

Nov 21, 2017

When Going Through the Motions is Not Enough by Mike Leake

The devil doesn’t care one bit about preventing us from doing works for the Lord; he cares about preventing belief and trust in our union with Christ. 

May 2, 2017

What To Do With Unbiblical Expectations by Mike Leake

Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”

Dec 28, 2017

Welcoming God Into the Worship Gathering by Mike Leake

Why in the world would we tell the One who owns the place that He’s welcome there?

Apr 26, 2018

The Other Side of the Promises of God by Mike Leake

The promises of God are not just promises to visit us with favor and blessings.

Jul 25, 2017

The Importance of Kingdom-Focused Student Ministry by Mike Leake

I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.

Sep 11, 2018

The Gospel Gets the Last Word by Mike Leake

I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.

Jun 13, 2017

The Difference Between Attractional and Attractive Ministry by Mike Leake

Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.

May 10, 2018

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church by Mike Leake

Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

Jan 9, 2018

Staying Humble When Your Promotion Doesn't Come by Mike Leake

The truly humble person will take the low position and will not be shocked, dismayed, or depressed if he stays there.

Feb 23, 2017

Rules Without Reasons by Mike Leake

Sometimes, we won't think there are good enough reasons given to obey God, yet we are called to obey Him anyway.

Sep 1, 2015

Preacher, Don't Move the Fence in Your Sermon by Mike Leake

It isn’t wise to go about moving fences unless you realize why that fence was there in the first place.

Dec 9, 2015

One Reason Pastors Can Be So Miserable by Mike Leake

This is why I believe so many of us pastors battle depression and discouragement . . .

Mar 23, 2017

One Problem With Being an Insecure Minister by Mike Leake

The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.

Jan 7, 2016

In Pastoral Counseling, Genre Matters by Mike Leake

After a long silence the empty-eyed man opens up. You have a hard time processing this overflow of emotions. There is so much in there which is simply not true.

May 16, 2017

I'm Listening, Sam

Why Millennials Leave the Church

Hang in there, Sam. The church has been through some pretty dark times, but she’s beautiful.

Oct 17, 2018

How To Respond When You Get Punched In The Face by Mike Leake

The depth of our roots in Christ will be exposed by how we respond when we get punched in the face. 

Apr 12, 2018

How Far Should We Go in Defending Our Gospel-Centered Ministry? by Mike Leake

One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.

Mar 9, 2017

Helping Our Daughters To Be Sexually Pure by Mike Leake

The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.

Jan 10, 2017

Don't Pollute the Stream by Mike Leake

If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.

May 30, 2017

Does God Want Mere Obedience? by Mike Leake

God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.

Feb 9, 2017

Diary of an Ex-Shepherd by Mike Leake

"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."

Jun 15, 2015

A Goodbye to Youth Ministry by Mike Leake

As I find myself passing the student ministry baton off to others, I have laid out for them a simple philosophy of youth ministry. Perhaps it will be beneficial to you as well

Apr 2

8 Practices That Divide

Lessons in Unity from Jeremiah Burroughs

Division within the body of Christ is ultimately a heart issue. But it’s also, in part, a culture issue.

Jan 24, 2017

5 Words That Should Scare Your Pastor by Mike Leake

Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.