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Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
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ones everyone in our denomination has to tackle: passing the exams, obtaining a Master's of Divinity, and undergoing the care process with a judicatory that oversees ministry formation
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
Perhaps the most dangerous temptations through which an inhospitable spirit takes root in my heart are the simplest, the most human: impatience, defensiveness, pride, and fear.
Work as Formation
The founder of a toy company explores how his work impacts his spiritual life.
Boring Church Services Changed My Life
While I fought to keep my eyes open, the gospel pressed deep into my heart.
hearts are formed: There is no formation without repetition. Virtue formation takes practice, and there is no practice that isn't repetitive. We willingly embrace
The Dangers of a Bait-and-Switch Easter Sunday
Avoiding the pitfalls of special services.
Make a Difference for the Kingdom
Whether or not your name eventually appears in history books, we’re all called to do our part.
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to do for his kingdom. This brought to mind the many women who have played a significant role in my spiritual formation. As a Christian woman, God
Kyle Idleman: God Never Wastes What We Go Through
Helping people experience grace and embracing confession in pastoral ministry.
How does vulnerability differ from authenticity? Two years ago, I had an opportunity to preach about a struggle I'd been having. At the time, I was emotionally spent. I was on edge.
Helping People Connect Faith and Work
These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities.
in Mind is replete with practical stories about how pastors have integrated FWE theology across the life of the church—in pastoral practice, discipleship and spiritual formation, and in
10 Essential Ingredients for Running an Effective Small Church Internship
If your church wants to invest in the next generation of ministers, a ministerial internship is a great way to do it.
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If your church wants to invest in the next generation of ministers, a ministerial internship is a great way to do it.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 1)
4 unfounded fears that come with wanting
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In the second-part, I want to propose four important reasons for recovering desire for our spiritual formation. Suspicion 1: Desire is to blame for sin. When
Informing Formation
Christian higher education is changing. Can our innovation match new realities?
Losing the Weight of New Year’s Resolutions
This year, I’m letting God write my resolutions.
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
can no longer assume shared knowledge about the Bible, which requires them to spend more resources on basic Bible education and less time offering other kinds of spiritual formation
Pastor as Coach and Shepherd? Yeah, Right. (From a Real FB Convo)
When someone sneers "A pastor that helps you define anything other than who would lead a committee! HA! Good one," let's listen before responding.
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When someone sneers "A pastor that helps you define anything other than who would lead a committee! HA! Good one," let's listen before responding.
‘Dear Worship Leader...’
A review of Zac Hicks’s The Worship Pastor.
Faithful through the Ages
A case for intergenerational communities
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Comfort her as she grieves, Lord, and please help me to be the kind of wife Stella has been.” Spiritual formation occurred in the ordinary moments of watching Stella care for John; I was
The Pastoral Work of Reshaping Imaginations
Five tools to help your people combat the lie that they aren't loved by God.
Seven Things I Hate About Spiritual Formation
Forget being exotic and elite; it's all about becoming more like Christ.
That's as true for fasting as it is for eating. 5. I hate how spiritual formation gets set against other movements in the church. People get confused about
After Gas Station Break-In, Churchgoers Rally to the Pumps
How a Georgia church helped save a burglary victim's business just by filling their tanks.
“This outreach to our neighbor must be more than a Sunday afternoon activity. It must be the catalyst for the formation of authentic relationships which build and strengthen community.”.
Pastoring a Church Between 100 and 200 Without Going Crazy
Some Dos and Don’ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance.
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Some Dos and Don'ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance.
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