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Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry.
Referring out is not a passive or lazy choice. It does not indicate that we don't want to put in the work to care for people. We do it because after giving all we can, more is needed.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you
something is “good” or “best?” It's not as simple as saying “no” to all extra obligations because some projects are indeed for us to do; they are growth-producing, life-giving, or joy-filling.
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor.
Things other people said and did suddenly became more hurtful. I have wrestled with balancing self-care with giving my best to a deserving congregation.
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
responsibilities. Counseling is a wise option for mitigating burnout and cultivating lasting, life-giving practices to help you flourish in your ministry role.
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder.
God's grace, mercy, love, and provision.” Not only did the Spirit provide her with unexplainable peace during that uncertain time, he also changed the trajectory of her life by giving her a
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps
others with more freedom and joy. —Michelle Van Loon, author, speaker, and lay leader. Giving too Much of Myself Away. As a pastor and because I love
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
In Romans 12, Paul encourages the church community to release and use their gifts: “If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do
Please Don’t Make Me Feel Used
Crossing the line between friendship and ministry
We chatted for a bit, catching up on the lives of both of her college- aged children. We thanked her for giving so generously over the previous years. Read as Single Page Page:123|Next.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
Listening is a paradox: on the one hand it's rest and it's receiving, and on the other hand it's active and it's giving. We're receiving, but we're doing that
The Raw Beauty of Giving God Our Second Best
Sometimes ‘God deserves our best’ can serve as a cover for our pride. God also wants our second best. And our worst. And everything in between.
Innovative MinistryMay 06, 2016. The Raw Beauty of Giving God Our Second Best Sometimes 'God deserves our best' can serve as a cover for our pride.
Wounded Leaders Wound Others
The negative effects of leading with unmet intimacy needs.
Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. 0; tweet; email; print. A life-giving leader understands the difference between being led by the Spirit of God and being driven out of an unmet need.
Take Ownership of Your Development
Women are often overlooked for leadership development. Take matters into your own hands.
Whether it was giving me a chance to make a presentation at a business meeting or sending me to a conference for continued education, opportunities were extended to me before I
When You Feel Like You Can Never Do Enough
How to follow a sacrificial Savior without losing yourself in ministry
ve conquered that. Let's go to the next thing.”. The second thing that caused me problems in ministry was my family heritage of never giving up. I'm sure
Backhanded Compliments and Cold Shoulders
The inevitable effects of envy on our leadership
print. When I walked off the stage after giving a talk, a woman leader came up to me with a big smile. She touched my arm, leaned in, and said, “Wow
How to Figure Out Your Calling
Amy Orr-Ewing says it takes a combination of being proactive and listening for God’s leading.
of it as 'the life of the mind,' and I just knew that I wanted to extend faith to others though that vehicle.” By the time she was a student at Oxford, Amy was accustomed to giving talks about
Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need.
dependent on entertainment. So while giving up chocolate or TV may be hugely important for someone else, it didn't impact me much. That all changed
Young Mom Turned Evangelist
Aimee Semple McPherson encourages us to be creative, compassionate, and courageous.
Many were convicted, weeping and giving their hearts to the Lord. Aimee survived, giving birth to a baby girl six weeks after burying her husband on foreign soil.