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Pariah and Paragon
Women in ministry are often held to two extremes at once.
I've lived my life trying to be faithful to my calling in different seasons: campus minister, seminary student, volunteer chaplain, small-group director, community engagement coordinator
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
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People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
buddy seat” of his tractor. As he baled hay in the cool evening air, we talked about life and faith, church and family and community. Then he startled me out
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
The denomination hoped a new church would be able to reach a neighboring young adult community that had aren't looking for a building to walk into; they're looking for life together.
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
just food. You never know what all they're providing at the community level.”. Malloy support herself. “She said we saved her life,” Malloy remembers. “And
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
How Your Church Can Benefit from ‘The Roseto Effect’
What a tiny town in Pennsylvania tells us about life-giving community.
Sadly for the town in Pennsylvania, Roseto lost its effect. As the community modernized, its people quit living the integrated community life they once led.
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.
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
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
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
In response to this, we decided to construct a rhythm of life for those on our staff. We are paying closer attention to the worship and community opportunities within our organization.
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
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
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