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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
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.
5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
How your church can take steps toward awareness and prevention.
While a common initial reaction is to focus on “protecting children in [your] care from sexual victimization from external threats,” the Boy Scouts' abuse crisis shows that it's just as
The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
What a church must consider before buying or leasing.
of copier leases and purchases. What advice would you give to a church that needs a copier? Plan ahead before there's a crisis. That way, you're not
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
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
Tips for Preventing Suicide
Take action based on the level of risk
You want them to perform CPR. Your job with suicidal people is to focus on safety, not on solving the problem that is causing the suicidal crisis. For example
The 3 Best Times to Bring Needed Change to a Church
Healthy churches are always looking for ways to make good things better. They don’t wait for something to break before they fix it.
to do any long-term repairs. But when the crisis is over, we forget about the problems and keep on as if everything is fine. In a previous post, 4 Proven
God Lives in the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days
We need more leaders who are willing to say they don't have all the answers
Only we got the text before sunrise that Sister's family was in deeper crisis than first imagined. Not only the crisis of faith we knew about: “I don't believe in Jesus anymore.”.