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3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks.
So, while I'm not usually one for tips and tricks of the trade, I'd like to offer you testimony of our experience and God's faithfulness in the hopes of giving struggling co-pastors some
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Technophobe's Ministry Survival Guide
Simple ideas you can start today, regardless of church size or know-how.
Start Accepting. Providing online giving through your church website can increase the size, frequency, and regularity of people's giving. Online Giving Resources:
Is Online Church Real Church?
It's real, but it's not enough. A full church experience requires flesh-and-blood people to share physical space together.
The church needs to be more digital. For small churches especially, the digital world can level the playing field, giving us a broader reach and wider ministry impact.
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.
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.
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.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
Then I'll die and go to heaven and finally have peace.”. I gently pointed out that giving herself over to the flesh wasn't the Bible's proscribed way for making it heaven.