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The Surprising Reason Women Go to Seminary
And what it can teach churches about discipling women.
Christian women want to study the Bible, learn the languages, and better understand theology. I know many women who confess to being intimidated by theology.
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
My Fixit Theology. I thought I had to engineer all the changes I wanted to see. My theology lacked a practical cruciformity. Instead, I had adopted a fixit theology.
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
Why is theology important for the way we do ministry? Everything we do as Christians is derived from theology. It's either a developed and articulated
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
Counselors come from all sorts of training frameworks and backgrounds, and their methods are tied to their theology of change—how we change, heal, and grow.
A Dream Becomes Reality
Cathy Loerzel founded The Allender Center to help people find healing from abuse and trauma.
Loerzel is the Vice President of Advancement at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Allender Center, a non-profit
Guard Your Study Time with a Blowtorch
…and other strategies for becoming a Pastor Theologian.
Read Ecclesial Theology. If you want to write ecclesial theology, you need to read ecclesial theology. This is because ecclesial theology is its own genre
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
I had always assumed women could be leaders in the church, even if it was difficult. Even if the theology of some maintained a hierarchy of genders.
When Calling Causes Conflict
Many women face opposition in their calling—whether overt, covert, or internal.
Few of us will step into our calling without some level of opposition or conflict. Sometimes, the opposition is overt and impossible to overlook. Karen* felt called to study theology.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
The pastor in your church will never out-preach Francis Chan, John Piper, Matt Chandler, Alistair Begg, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley, or any other pastor that you listen to through
Encourage More Women to Lead
Regardless of theology, we need to empower more women to use their gifts in the local church.
Regardless of theology, we need to empower more women to use their gifts in the local church. Encourage More Women to Lead. Regardless of theology
Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need.
Such misguided theology can make Lent a burden rather than a tool to make us more Christ-like. What about you? Have you lost sight of what Lent is all about?
My Friendship with Elisabeth Elliot
Leadership lessons over decadent desserts changed my life.
I can only image how difficult it was for Elisabeth to be heard, especially writing authoritatively about theology. And yet, Elisabeth published over 20 books.
On the Road to Racial Reconciliation
Valuing reconciliation is not the same as actively engaging in it.
By examining the theology, sociology, psychology, and organizational change theory involved in reconciliation, I discovered that a journey with landmarks and distinctive phases is the
The Church's Next 10,000 Years
When considering the future, could our vision be much too small?
It's not enough to simply know theology and Scripture in the abstract if we are unfaithful shepherds to the people God called us to serve. Do we know their unique needs and problems?
Ministry Shouldn’t Hurt
What to do when the church starts acting like an abusive boyfriend
such abuse? The answer is twofold. First of all, women get trapped in abusive ministerial environments because of bad theology. Pastoral leadership
Is Church Growth a Solution Looking for a Problem?
The apostles addressed a broad range of church issues, but no New Testament writer ever told a church to get bigger.
Churches with strong leaders, weak leaders and sinful leaders. They worshiped God imperfectly and fought over theology. They also had a great deal of variety.