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Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
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“Tell me,” I asked her, “what do people usually do to get close to God?” She was easily able to list the usual spiritual disciplines: read Scripture, pray, go to church.
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
and to protect his own heart against the infectious disease of an inhospitable spirit, the Superior must put into practice the very ordinary, unglamorous disciplines of hospitality, like
The Surprising Power of Our Weakest Moments
In God’s hands, crosses become instruments of life-giving grace
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Madeleine L'Engle. Sometimes I banter with God. Every now and then, I'll tease him, telling him that since he disciplines the children he loves (Heb.
Why Doesn’t God Answer All My Prayers? Because Some of Them are Stupid
We need to become better pray-ers. But how? Offer prayers God has already said he’ll answer.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
We need to become better pray-ers. But how? Offer prayers God has already said he'll answer.
Savor Advent, Feast on Christmas
My family’s new traditions made the season richer
WomenLeaders.com - Article
During Advent my family does this in two ways. First, through spiritual disciplines—meditation and prayer, self-examination and repentance, Scripture reading and discussion.
Introducing Lent to Your Congregation
It starts with your example.
Friday. This is an excellent way for the classic disciplines of Lent—fasting, prayer, and generosity—to point your church outward. Easter festival. From
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves.
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Straight to the Source. Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
The Old School of Ordinary
An Interview with Michael Horton.
Doctrines and disciplines that have shaped faithful Christian witness in the past are often marginalized or substituted with newer fashions or methods which many pastors have sadly
My Journey Into Spiritual Direction
Recognizing God's work in your life usually requires a guide.
Yet I had not realized its application until our conversation. The process of spiritual direction has encouraged me to explore classic spiritual disciplines.
What Does a Healthy Small Church Look Like?
Numbers can help us understand some things about the health of a church. But they’re not the only thing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Passionate; Theologically sound; Generous; Clear about their identity; Practices the spiritual disciplines; Worshipful; Open to new possibilities; And more. That's a good list!
Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader
Serving God and others without going insane.
In Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, Wayne Muller writes about the experience of Charles, a gifted physician: “I discovered
Why Growth is Harder In a Small Church – And Change Is Essential
Big churches find it much easier to incorporate new people because the bigger the crowd, the smaller the impact each person has.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Big churches find it much easier to incorporate new people because the bigger the crowd, the smaller the impact each person has.
Habits of the Heart, Part 2
Why Routine Spiritual Practices are Still a Good Idea, Part 2
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(Yes, they quantified communion.) After that time, we all hoped the daily disciplines would have become habit and I'd be on my way to a lifetime of allegiance to Christ.
Lead Me On: When Confidence Cracks
So you’re an unlikely vessel for God’s work. So was Rahab.
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It seems that even beautiful and spiritual disciplines like solitude, silence, and meditation can have a discerning counterpoint that sounds something like "Dude.
From the Small
In the body of Christ, the voices of the small and suffering need to be heard more clearly. By listening more intently.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In the body of Christ, the voices of the small and suffering need to be heard more clearly. By listening more intently.
I Needed Coaching
… and Why You Might Too.
action steps. These simple disciplines can change the way you lead and ultimately, the way you help others develop their own leadership capacity. Mike
Why Stories Matter More than Stats In a Small Church
As a church grows larger, statistics matter more than opinions. When a church is smaller, opinions matter more than statistics.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Are people growing in their faith? Are they practicing spiritual disciplines? Are they sharing their faith? Is the church helping them do all of those things better?
The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church
Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
5 Massive Changes Coming to Your Church (If They’re Not Here Already)
The good news of Jesus never changes. But the way people receive that news is changing. Fast.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The good news of Jesus never changes. But the way people receive that news is changing. Fast.
11 Ways to Protect Your Spirit from the Demands of Pastoral Ministry
Pastoral ministry can be hazardous to our spiritual health. But it doesn’t need to be.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Pastoral ministry can be hazardous to our spiritual health. But it doesn't need to be.
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