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Joel Osteen, Houston Relief, And The Downside Of The Megachurch Spotlight
Not everyone is required to be a first responder. Or even to respond to every crisis. That’s simply not possible. But, as the body of Christ, we’re all called to respond.
Not everyone is required to be a first responder. Or even to respond to every crisis. Not everyone is required to be a first responder. Or even to respond to every crisis.
Protect Your Congregation from a Gunman
A police officer's advice on how leaders can reduce risk—and possibly save lives.
Recognizing the grave danger, church leaders and members of a crisis team can save lives by closing the gap between themselves and the shooter and overwhelming him.
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
weak. The people we serve look to us to give direction, to offer encouragement, and to walk with them in times of crisis. They look to us for love. When
Ten Commandments of Conflict and Crisis
Keeping the inevitable from doing the irreparable.
Have regular “check-ins.” If a leader senses tension with someone, he or she can sit down and say, “I just need to check in with you. Is everything okay
Overlooked: When Women Are Passed Over for Leadership
Research suggests a reason for this phenomenon beyond the glass ceiling.
denomination. Less than ten years after becoming a pastor, Mike had a crisis of faith, admitted that he no longer felt called to pastor, and moved on. Scenario
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
This crisis goes beyond the loss of a sacred space. Sadly, we didn't recognize the challenges facing our staff in time to adequately respond to Sara's crisis.
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
I think the key to us doing so well in this crisis was the relationships we had with the stake holders before the crisis hit. We had already established trust with the community.
The Brand and Value of a Church
What’s in a name? For churches, it could be more than you think.
activity. The manner in which a media crisis is handled is critical in protecting the name of the church. options. Assign an internal crisis manager/PR person.
My Burnout Led to a Breakthrough
A difficult family situation led me to my true calling.
depression. Within weeks of the first suicide attempt I took on the unhealthy responsibility of being a pastoral support to my parents during this crisis.
The Cost of Caring
How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
a woman in my ministry, and her email subject lines had increased in intensity over the week from “Can you help?” to “I'm hurting!” Suddenly, her one word text—CRISIS—dinged on my
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue
arrange the funeral. Off you go…again. Month after month of dealing with crisis begins to take a toll on you emotionally and physically. You find yourself
5 Common Security Questions Churches Ask
And answers to them.
of chaos, and a church with an organized team in place, a safety and security plan, and the time to practice that plan will help improve a church's response to a crisis—thereby reducing
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Finally, after 13 months of confrontation, Gordon and his family stopped attending our services. Only, they didn't really leave. I went from spending all
Stilling the Storm
A book review
S. Smith, associate director at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, navigates the stormy waters of worship planning and congregational leadership in times of crisis, transition, and
Tips for Preventing Suicide
Take action based on the level of risk
You want them to perform CPR. Your job with suicidal people is to focus on safety, not on solving the problem that is causing the suicidal crisis. For example
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
in their browser bookmarks. But rather than continually creating a crisis of faith, exposure to outside teachers is, largely, helpful. It prompts curious, engaged