Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity
One-third of American pastors are bivocational.
present solely to solve their co-workers crises before quickly moving on, pastors can better understand and dedicate the necessary time to be true missionaries in their secular vocation.
Never on Pause
In seasons of unpaid work or at-home care, your calling is still significant.
Guinness describes the historical “distortion” of equating calling and vocation with overtly religious duties, explaining that “for most people in Christendom in the medieval times, the
Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards
Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
Brad Roth (Herald Press). “Roth draws wider lessons about the minister's vocation from his reflection on the specific, narrower context of rural ministry.
The Christian Leader’s Guide to Economics
The so-called “dismal science” is a powerful tool for wealth creation, but also for healing broken communities.
Preaching the Principle of Vocation. As I write, the Dow Jones is well over 20,000, and economic growth is strong. Vocation is a summons to service—of both God and neighbor.
Reaching the Next Generation
This is a generation starving for community.
King. 4. Teach them about vocation as well as devotion. We have to rescue the coming generation from the problem of compartmentalizing our faith.
The Rural Church: A Special House of Prayer
An excerpt from "God’s Country."
Egypt. They didn't head for the sticks for fear of city life. They went out into the desert not as a flight but as a vocation—to pray on behalf of the city. They
How Cancer Shattered My Illusion of Control
I acted like I was master of my fate. I was a mist.
camp. Or observe the Syrian public-school teacher whose peaceful existence and fulfilling vocation have been ripped apart by a brutal civil war. Less
Why Your Deflated Retirement Dream Might Be God’s Open Door
After losing my safety net, I see retirement as meaningful vocation, not permanent vacation.
After losing my safety net, I see retirement as meaningful vocation, not permanent vacation. In sum: The conversation about vocation shouldn't end if and when our careers do.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
It actually, and without irony, offers an answer to the question: What is the meaning of life?” Against those who reduce the concept of Christian vocation to excellence in the workplace or
Feed the Flock
A food-service ministry can be a great way to reach people.
classes and Bible studies. Food service, by nature a hands-on vocation, demands that managers work closely with their staff. This interaction results
Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 2
It is past time to have a robust conversation around integrating faith and learning.
Aug 4, 2016. workplace, evangelism, vocation. Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 2. Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 2.
Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 1
It is time for us to see all work as vital to the growth of the Kingdom of God.
Aug 1, 2016. evangelism, work, vocation. Jesus ministry?”. As a result, confusion often abounds in regards to vocation and how we can joyfully thrive in our work.
Can We Evangelize Late Modern Culture?
We cannot assume a shared foundation.
His or her identity is in flux, nomadic. Things that have traditionally been seen as static—gender, sexuality, vocation, spouses, values—are now dynamic, interchangeable.
Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Bonhoeffer's wisdom on leadership endures.
Instead of merely hoping that your preaching will stir some to see their primary vocation and calling as being harvest workers, what if you actually created intentional environments and
N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started
In his new book, Wright explains that Jesus' death does more than just get us into heaven.
suffering love . . . but that's a whole other story. Suffice it to say that the vocation of God's people today is to continue to implement that revolution. Even as
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce. 3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment. North Barry Dancy. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share.
Recommended Church Planting Books: New and Old
“Read two old books for every new one.”
Griggs, a rural church planter by vocation, presents a fresh case for small town ministry, and then outlines a few principles on how to do ministry in small towns. Morrow, Aaron.
‘You Can’t Just Tell Us What to Believe’
Gregory Coles says the church should offer “breathing room” for gay Christians, like himself, who want to pursue sexual holiness.
church.”. Evangelicals have frequently portrayed singleness as a less-than-ideal vocation—a (hopefully) temporary rest station on the road to marital bliss.