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Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine - Article
Several years ago I endeavored to write a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount for several hundred women. The Bible study was a labor of love, passion, and joy.
Take Delight in Your Passions
The story of Juana Ines de la Cruz reminds us that God instills passions within us that he can use for his glory. - Article
My Bible teachers never read us the tale of Juana Ines de la Cruz, the feisty Mexican girl with one sustaining passion: knowledge. At three, Juana persuaded
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing. - Article
The Bible tells us that “as a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Prov. 26:11). The Bible teaches us it is impossible to please God without faith.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. - Article
truth for themselves. They can help group members find the passage or note how a passage correlates to other stories in the Bible. Whether someone
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
up of Millennials. Creating a sense of belonging comes first, and from that, church activities—including Bible engagement—follow. Likewise, Sara Wolbrecht
Lead from Where You Are
Give to others from your own walk with God. - Article
Finish the leadership team agenda. Start Bible study outline. I was supposed to teach Bible study the next day, but instead of typing, I sat there tired, depleted, with nothing to share.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
The attention around a popular Bible teacher and their work can make any given Bible study or sermon series from a local leader seem lacking in comparison.
The Surprising Reason Women Go to Seminary
And what it can teach churches about discipling women. - Article
Christian women want to study the Bible, learn the languages, and better understand theology. I know this shouldn't be surprising. Of course seminary students want to study the Bible.
5 Passages Your Pastor Wishes You'd Stop Taking out of Context
How we get them wrong and what church leaders can do about it.
The Bible was written for us, but not everything in it was written to us. So should we avoid sharing this verse with those in despair? Not necessarily. Abram
Sabbath Is More than Rest
Everyone wants a break and more time off, but Sabbath offers more. - Article
time was shoved aside. When I married, worked, and had children, spending any time reading the Bible became rare and precious. Sundays turned into
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
It can make learners feel disempowered and inadequate to engage content—for instance, the Bible—on their own time, when the teacher isn't present.
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter - Article
This year, as my beautiful girl, Zoë, completed her first year of Bible college (interestingly, at the same college I attended), I had an opportunity to watch her blossom.
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband. - Article
As various church members stepped forward to hand him symbolic items—a bowl and towel for servanthood, a Bible for the ministry of the Word, a chalice for the administration of the
You Are Enough
Singleness doesn't make you any less of a leader. - Article
Keep talking to me!” Sometimes I wonder if I missed the commandment in the Bible that says, “Thou shalt get married,” or the passage that talks about Jesus being married with 2.5 kids
How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation
Practical ways to care for the wounded.
Preach about vulnerable people. One way leaders can care for survivors on Sunday mornings is by pointing the congregation to stories of vulnerable people in the Bible.
Where Have All the Lamenters Gone?
No one laments more than God, so why do we as leaders feel pressure to keep a happy face? - Article
our communities? It's hard to find a person in the Bible who was without grief. And withholding my own. What would happen if we removed laments from the Bible?
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
youth is celebrated; The wisdom and patience of the older saints is honored; The eternal truths of the Bible are taught and lived; Worship is more than
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor
How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they’re the first Christian in generations?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Many of the people – especially the youth – who give their lives to Jesus in the church I pastor were never taught Bible stories, prayed at meals or bedtime, or heard grandma sing Jesus
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand
Whether you’re teaching about God’s love or sovereignty, these four steps will prepare you to teach. - Article
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand. Whether delight. I was getting a front row seat to my friend's growing calling as a Bible teacher, and I loved it.
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. - Article
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. Straight to the Source. Seminaries teach a simple
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