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5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
weak. The people we serve look to us to give direction, to offer encouragement, and to walk with them in times of crisis. They look to us for love. When
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
This crisis goes beyond the loss of a sacred space. Sadly, we didn't recognize the challenges facing our staff in time to adequately respond to Sara's crisis.
Overlooked: When Women Are Passed Over for Leadership
Research suggests a reason for this phenomenon beyond the glass ceiling.
denomination. Less than ten years after becoming a pastor, Mike had a crisis of faith, admitted that he no longer felt called to pastor, and moved on. Scenario
Ten Commandments of Conflict and Crisis
Keeping the inevitable from doing the irreparable.
Have regular “check-ins.” If a leader senses tension with someone, he or she can sit down and say, “I just need to check in with you. Is everything okay
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Finally, after 13 months of confrontation, Gordon and his family stopped attending our services. Only, they didn't really leave. I went from spending all
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
in their browser bookmarks. But rather than continually creating a crisis of faith, exposure to outside teachers is, largely, helpful. It prompts curious, engaged
When a Minister Can't Manage
Ways for church leaders to respond.
Make sure you're improving them in their ministerial roles too. Yes, teach them about policies and procedures, but also teach them how to effectively minister to people in crisis.
The Brand and Value of a Church
What’s in a name? For churches, it could be more than you think.
activity. The manner in which a media crisis is handled is critical in protecting the name of the church. options. Assign an internal crisis manager/PR person.
My Burnout Led to a Breakthrough
A difficult family situation led me to my true calling.
depression. Within weeks of the first suicide attempt I took on the unhealthy responsibility of being a pastoral support to my parents during this crisis.
The Cost of Caring
How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
a woman in my ministry, and her email subject lines had increased in intensity over the week from “Can you help?” to “I'm hurting!” Suddenly, her one word text—CRISIS—dinged on my
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
But what a painful way to learn the lessons of a sustainable life of ministry. Mike MacKenzie is clinical director of Marble Retreat, a crisis counseling center in Marble, Colorado.
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue
arrange the funeral. Off you go…again. Month after month of dealing with crisis begins to take a toll on you emotionally and physically. You find yourself
Stilling the Storm
A book review
S. Smith, associate director at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, navigates the stormy waters of worship planning and congregational leadership in times of crisis, transition, and
An Opportunity for Churches to Help in the Border Crisis
Why partnering with churches in Central America is more important than ever
An Opportunity for Churches to Help in the Border Crisis. Why partnering with churches in Central America is more important than ever. Bruce Wydick.
How to Respond When Mass Tragedy Strikes Church Members
A plan for responding to the media and increase in inquiries is critical.
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