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Slay the Beast of Ambition before It Slays You
3 ministry proverbs to quell competition and cultivate humility.
regularly what my motivation is, religiously practicing Sabbath, and ruthlessly eliminating comparison out of my life help to address my racehorse tendencies and slay the ambition beast
A Dream Becomes Reality
Cathy Loerzel founded The Allender Center to help people find healing from abuse and trauma.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
She is a woman of fierce compassion, an incredibly sharp creative mind, and the will and strength to get things done. She has the sparkle of conviction and ambition in her eyes.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
In a sense, we are all like Sisyphus, the Greek mythological character, aren't we? Because of his selfish ambition and deceitfulness, Sisyphus was condemned to eternal punishment.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
It always pales in comparison. Rein in ambition and anxiety. The practice of the present also demands that we rein in, as much as we are able, our ambition and our anxiety.
The Age of Ambition
Our focus on reaching more people could take our attention away from those God has placed in our midst.
More, more, more! What great ambition, maybe even great motives! In my excitement and ambition, I invited 65 people to attend. Five people showed up.
7 Keys to a Smooth Church Transition
How to make major changes without alienating your congregation.
2. Prepare for change. Plunging into a transformative effort requires thoughtful preparation. Organizations that intentionally map out the desired outcome
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Finally, after 13 months of confrontation, Gordon and his family stopped attending our services. Only, they didn't really leave. I went from spending all
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
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
Christian Celebrity
A dual temptation winks at every leader
WomenLeaders.com - Article
I am weary of it. The apostle James warns us: But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such
The Promise of Church
Reasons we must go—and keep going
WomenLeaders.com - Article
We don't check our sins at the door on Sunday morning. Instead we drag rivalry, selfish ambition, pride, and ingratitude behind us, making room for them in the pew.
Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction?
The church should be providing a counter-cultural balance to our fame obsession. Instead, we're feeding into it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The church should be providing a counter-cultural balance to our fame obsession. Instead, we're feeding into it.
Why I've Stopped Saying ‘Church Growth’ – And What I Say Instead
The words Church Growth are packed with so much emotional baggage that they’ve become virtually useless in my context.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The words Church Growth are packed with so much emotional baggage that they've become virtually useless in my context.
If Your Heart is Right, Ignore the Critics
We have no reason to apologize for using our gifts
WomenLeaders.com - Article
print. Ambition is complicated. When related to material things it sounds like greed, so we often take the idea of "bigger and more" in our lives and boil it all down to sin.
Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader
Serving God and others without going insane.
In Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, Wayne Muller writes about the experience of Charles, a gifted physician: “I discovered
Temptations in Ministry
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
When used with selfish ambition or in self-protection, Peter would deflect someone's perceived criticism or, at worst, make the criticism all about them.
The Astonishing Power of Small Churches: Three Reasons We’ve Missed This
The stubborn, historical persistence of small churches is something God has done without our noticing it, and in spite of the fact that many of us have fought against it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The stubborn, historical persistence of small churches is something God has done without our noticing it, and in spite of the fact that many of us have fought against it.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
A book review
WomenLeaders.com - Article
Sandberg tackles some of the issues behind why women aren't leading, like "the ambition gap" and the cultural norms we have learned and adapted (Chapter 2). She also devoted
Glad Tidings and Cups of Bitterness
Serving Christ means experiencing sorrow—even at Christmas.
cost. Let us choose again that our only ambition is "to do the will of him who sent" us, to eat that bread and drink that cup, no matter how sweet or bitter.
Learning to Walk the Land
Why I moved from the beaches to the block.
To become something like the good Samaritan who proves himself to be a neighbor by serving the brokenness of those left in the street for dead, that's our great ambition.
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