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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
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.
You Are Enough
Singleness doesn't make you any less of a leader.
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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 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.
The Surprising Reason Women Go to Seminary
And what it can teach churches about discipling women.
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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.
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
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?
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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?
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
Read it, breath it, eat it, drink it, love the Bible. But if we allow these small habits to creep into our teaching, we set them up for failure because we're not playing by the Bible's rules.
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.
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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.
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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
Why I Don’t Go to the Bible to Find Sermon Material
When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it.
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When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it. Church LeadershipOctober 22, 2016. Why I Don
The Most Important Thing to Do When You Start with a New Team
Don’t skip this critical first step.
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Have you ever been appointed to a leadership position, only to be met with opposition? Maybe you're leading a small group in your home or a women's Bible study at church.
Bounce Back After Defeat
Every leader faces failure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your ministry.
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ministries. Even Elisabeth Elliot, who translated the Bible for the Auca Indians, had to start over when someone stole her papers from her car. These
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God.
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femaleness? After sharing the situation with a mentor, she encouraged me to pay attention to the unique insights that came to me when I studied the Bible.
Tell a Good Story When You Preach
How to teach in a way that connects, compels, and builds trust.
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Because although most of our hearers know how the Bible stories turn out, they don't know how their stories are turning out. They can't read to the end of their books.
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use
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betrayals. Further, it's important to read Scripture daily. Too often, pastors use Bible study for sermon preparation and not personal enrichment. It's important
6 Leadership Lessons I've Learned from Millennials
As I'm learning from Millennials, I'm finding hope for the future.
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My husband's role as a Bible college professor and my own role leading a campus ministry church at a big state university has meant that for 19 years we have lived and worked with
3 Big Problems With Running A Church Like A Business
We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Ken Teegardin | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. The Bible uses many colorful words to describe the church.
You’re Not Always Right
We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible.
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You're Not Always Right. We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible. But how many of those subjects are truly addressed in the Bible?
Motherhood Changed My Image of God
When my understanding of God changed, so did my leadership.
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We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. Growing up in church, I knew the basics of the Bible, and thought I had a pretty good idea of who God was.
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