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A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
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9 Reasons to Be Thankful for Moms in Ministry
The awkward, embarrassing, and hilarious truth about balancing motherhood and ministry.
Another mom I know has her elementary-aged son tag along to her community service events empties into a calming, shallow pool where we would hold a vibrant celebration of life.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
Lamar Hardwick is lead pastor of New Community Church in Lagrange, Georgia and author of I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community. we read adequately prepares us to effectively facilitate their transition to American life once they
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
that passage and passages like it in that way—“This is what God says; now apply it to your life”—you're going to confuse people about the differences between the community of Israel
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
to the church services, but were demonstrations of the love of God when people in the community encountered Jesus What gifts of the Spirit do you see at work in and through your life?
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder.
during that uncertain time, he also changed the trajectory of her life by giving City Church (OCC), Robinson identifies and supports opportunities for service and community engagement.
Bring Your Full Self to the Table
When we allow God to use our full identity, amazing ministry can follow.
Have you ever looked back at the threads of your life and marveled at the A 30-something Korean-American woman who serves as the Director of Community Connections and
Learning to Love the Church
When I became a pastor I didn't like much about the complexities of community in general and of a holy community in particular.
It came to me that holy was to the Christian what revolution was to the French in the 18th century, the energy that created a community of free men and women plunged into a new life.
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.
with Lisa, I felt myself growing encouraged, knowing that as good as video curriculum can be, growing local leaders who teach the Bible to their own community bring life and vitality and
Called to Ministry? Start Here.
Five steps to become a healthy minister
But in ministry, as in every area of life, God is far more concerned with who we Spiritual practices like prayer, silence, solitude, intentional community, and time spent in God's Word will
Ministry as a Young Mom
3 ways to minister well as you adjust to a new normal
I'm in a life stage where my thoughts are constantly divided, and taking time for myself—no matter I need to remember the community I've worked hard to build, and allow them to step in
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
Community lament that involves compassion—a suffering with—requires us as women to bring our faces and It means that my life doesn't feel like it holds value, simply because I'm a
An Open Letter to Young Women Leaders
The glory of God is man—and woman—fully alive.
Maybe thinking about small groups or dreaming about how the church can engage the surrounding community makes you come alive like nothing else. It gives you life.
Three Days Post-Election: Pause Before You Pastor
Let’s make these five commitments together.
Life must go on, so I will try to do what I need to do to take care of I will not allow discriminatory words and personal attacks to infiltrate our community or be considered normal, for this is
How to Minister to People Who Don’t Like You
Eight tips to love the hard-to-love.
committed when I was ordained and released to plant a church in a community that didn't approve of women in ministry. I was committed when someone actually threatened my life if I
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time.
weaknesses. Sustaining healthy relationships and building an affirming community can help ease some of the emotional strain life may bring. Intentionally
How to Be a Spiritual Mother
We all have a responsibility to guide younger leaders.
When I was in my twenties, I thought life was effectively over at 30. Many young people live far away from their parents, and naturally occurring intergenerational community is rare.
More Than a Club
A case for church membership in a culture that views it as odd or optional.
I want be part of the life of this community.” We invite them to a series of classes where we discuss their personal faith journey, our posture toward serving others, and the theology and
Ministry Is a Team Sport
Though my instinct is to isolate, I’m learning to let others carry me.
The Christian life is almost impossible without community. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Life Together, “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community . . .