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8 Guidelines for Ministering to Men
A nuanced alternative to the Billy Graham Rule that views men—and ourselves—first as being in the image of God.
with a man. It happens when we have left ourselves open to emotional need because of a lack of commitment to the work of marriage. In Harvard Business
How to Advocate for Singles in Your Church
Minding the margins to draw everyone in
Conversations with some of these faithful single volunteers, however, sounded very similar: they had a high commitment level to the church, but expressed that they did not feel that the
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
Erin Lane, author of Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe, writes of her generation: “Belonging is a lost art. It's not simply that we've chosen not to belong.
5 Essentials to Build Trust in Your Ministry Team
Lessons from the life of Nehemiah
When we face reality and say what everyone knows but does not want to publicly acknowledge, we demonstrate a commitment to truth and instill confidence in our leadership.
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
But how often do our sermons end with ways our people can improve? If your relationship with God is important to you, you will make a commitment to talk to him every day.
The Tenacity of Women Leaders
Being a woman leader is hard, yet so many of you courageously live out your calling—and I’m thankful.
minister or pastor. And while that fact utterly frustrated me, it also brought a smile to my face thinking about your determination and commitment. Of course
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
Malloy, who has been a member of the church for 36 years, says, “It's a church that definitely likes outreach.” In addition to their long commitment to the food pantry, the church has
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
Maintain Inbox Shalom. Congratulations! You're at Inbox Zero. How do you stay there? Here are three ways to maintain Inbox Shalom. 1. Understand what email is.
Backhanded Compliments and Cold Shoulders
The inevitable effects of envy on our leadership
It's different than jealousy and competition. Jealousy is about the fear of losing. Competition is about the commitment to win. Envy holds a darker violence.
When It’s Time to Quit
“Finish what you start” isn’t always good advice.
Even Jesus warned about a lack of commitment: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
I was working so hard to fix the congregation and community that I was turning them into projects. My fixit spirit didn't stop with the congregation and community.
Leadership Without a Title
We can learn from the influential life of Sarah Edwards.
lived her life. Cultivate Intimacy with the Lord. Sarah's unswerving commitment to the Lord was built on a foundation of personal intimacy. Her husband
More Than a Club
A case for church membership in a culture that views it as odd or optional.
power. They are also less inclined to sign up for a long-term commitment than previous generations. These in. Trend #3: Low Commitment. Worshipers
Rest Is Not an Option
The dangerous effects of our fast-paced lives on ministry
It feels like rest is not an option—even today, Labor Day. This over-commitment, however, is the reason many pastors are more susceptible to moral failures.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
Edwards. You can see the clear influence Edwards has on Piper's work, like the weeping drama of his oratory and his commitment to Scripture and theology.
Don’t Lose Sight of Scripture
How can we follow Christ if we don’t know how he wants to be followed?
In that personal commitment and spiritual conviction, I always keep my phone on hand to research what the Lord has said about anything in particular.
Married, Spiritually Single, and Called to Lead
Managing tension between marriage and ministry
However, knowing the hours of preparation I had put into this event, my husband urged me to follow through with my commitment to lead the retreat, assuring me he would be fine.