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How to Advocate for Singles in Your Church
Minding the margins to draw everyone in
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out how to “do life” without the spouse their church assumes they have or should have, it's crucial that we as leaders bring singles out of the margins, where church culture has stranded
The Problem with Colorblindness in Pastoral Counseling
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
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addressing these topics. In my graduate-level counselor- training program, there was only a single course on social justice and culture sensitivity. Most students
3 Big Problems With Running A Church Like A Business
We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?
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We're always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But customers. We're always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
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beings, created in the image of God. Each one, regardless of accent, culture, or skin color possesses a God-breathed soul. Any help or service we offer
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
the church. Bill Marks calls the pantry “a signature ministry for the church.”. This kind of ministry is a reflection of the church's culture. Malloy, who has
...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés
Be careful that you don’t find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church & CultureJuly 18, 2017. ...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés Be careful that you don't find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder.
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Sometimes, Robinson explained to me, racial separation in a faith context offers something very special for people who may struggle to thrive in the majority culture.
5 Essentials to Build Trust in Your Ministry Team
Lessons from the life of Nehemiah
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over time. Even if you are in a church or staff culture currently low on trust, you can make a difference starting in your corner of the organization. As the
Leading with Hope in a Post-Christian Culture
A Church Leader Summit | April 4, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Dallas
Rise Above the Double Standard
Women leaders are forced to find an impossible golden mean between too much and not enough.
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Part of this is because we have a complicated culture that both celebrates and shames women in equal measures, sometimes in the same breath. It's
Bring Your Full Self to the Table
When we allow God to use our full identity, amazing ministry can follow.
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As one of only a handful of Korean families in Salem at that time, Kang recalls the tension of retaining her ethnic heritage while seeking to assimilate into mainstream culture.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
We introduced calling to our culture. To combat this issue, we are focusing on two aspects of our culture: language and story. Language creates culture.
8 Life and Leadership Lessons From The Jayden K. Smith Hoax
If we don't learn what we can from this silly little episode, we might fall for the next big one.
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Church & CultureJuly 12, 2017. 8 Life and Leadership Lessons From The Jayden K. Smith Hoax If we don't learn what we can from this silly little episode
How Church Size Culture Is Affecting the Decline of Denominations
The size of the church we minister in has almost invisibly become a greater point of connection and disagreement than our denominations.
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Christian UnityJune 08, 2016. How Church Size Culture Is Affecting the Decline of Denominations The size of my church. And I'm not alone in this. Every Church Has a Size Culture.
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor
How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they’re the first Christian in generations?
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Church & CultureMay 16, 2017. Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor How do you pastor
Don't Be That Woman
Culture wants to caricaturize women leaders. But God sees us in a different light.
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Don't Be That Woman. Culture wants to caricaturize women leaders. But God sees us in a different light. Unfair Caricatures of Women. Our culture has created caricatures of women.
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
“I wanted to empower people to lead individually.” If you're weary of celebrity culture in ministry, this kind of high-autonomy model should have you grinning ear to ear.
Be Undeniable: A Christian Alternative to Engaging In the Culture Wars
The world isn’t looking for someone to win the latest debate in the culture wars. They’re looking for an alternative to the whole mess.
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The world isn't looking for someone to win the latest debate in the culture wars. They're looking for an alternative to the whole mess. How Jesus Responded to His Culture. Quit whining.
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
We've bought into our culture's assumptions that rural places are draining of population and verve, places crumbling into ghost towns, landscapes marred by abandoned shops and
Diagnosing and Changing Church Culture
What you need to know about your past to move forward
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Diagnosing and Changing Church Culture. What you need And that made ministry effectiveness very difficult. Three Ways Culture Emerges. One of the
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