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How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
Or so it seems. This sort of anticlimax in ministry can be hard on the heart. What can we do with it, apart from choosing to live in self-protective isolation?
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
Being a woman in ministry, I would think that my biggest advocates most often would be women and my biggest naysayers most often would be men.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
During that season, my understanding of ministry expanded. I've learned not to rule out part-time gigs. Over the years, I've learned that ministry never really ends; it just changes.
28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church
Numbers are not the only way to determine church health. In many situations, they’re not even the best way.
Innovative MinistryNovember 20, 2017. 28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church Numbers are not the only way to determine church health. In many
What Your Pastor Really Wants for Christmas
This year, forego the gift cards and get them something they’ll really appreciate.
California. 6. Tickets to a Game. Life is full, and ministry can be stressful. Attending a baseball game slows me down and allows me to take a deep breath.
How Doing Fewer Events Is Helping Our Church Do Better Ministry
If your church, or a department in it, needs to hit the refresh button, it’s not a backwards step to strip things down to the basics.
Innovative MinistryOctober 31, 2017. How Doing Fewer Events Is Helping Our Church Do Better Ministry Special events was third. Do Less Ministry, Better.
Changing the Conversation about Holiness
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God
I love writing books, I love travelling to speak, but if I don't have a very vibrant personal, local, private ministry, I feel like it's all for naught. So that is what a lot of my ministry looks like.
Counseling Others When You Have Your Own "Me Too" Story
How to walk alongside sexual assault victims when you’ve been a victim yourself
As much as I'd like to say the church is a safe place, untouched by the fallen desires of predatory humans—I've been in ministry too long to entertain such a foolish notion.
When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing.
around me. Glancing at the paper in front of her, she went on to list all of the many ways she believed I had failed at in my first two years of ministry. My
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry. Five truths to keep in mind 1. Your work history is an asset for ministry. So many people I have encountered
How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
5 things to do when you face tragedy and turmoil
I could barely breathe. We had worked side by side in ministry for years, and now she was gone. Besides being best friends, our ministry roles complemented each other perfectly.
Personal Branding, Platform, and Pride-Management
Promoting the message of Christ―rather than ourselves.
branding and platform building permeated the conversations of a recent conference I attended, including concepts by which Christian leaders can promote their ministry and message.
Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
It's too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours. Ministry Doesn't Clock In – Or Out.
Don’t Try To Be Successful, Try To Do Good Work
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they’ll always have a healthy ministry.
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they'll always have a healthy ministry. I've always tried to live my life and do ministry by this rule:
Beat Imposter Syndrome
How to stand firm in who God says you are when you feel like a phony
In ministry teams, those who are asked to serve on committees at church wonder if the selection team really knew what they were doing when offering a position of leadership.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
Take stock of your present ministry. Vocational mindfulness tries to do the same within the context of ministry. What is the real landscape of my ministry?
Ally or Adversary?
Relationships between female leaders are often marked by competition and contempt. It doesn't have to be this way.
secret foes. Years ago when I was a new ministry director, I asked to join a small group of women leaders in my church for mentorship and support. The
Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
Being in ministry and working for the Lord does not protect one from the effects of sleep deprivation. Our need for sleep must be respected, no matter our vocation.