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How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
5 things to do when you face tragedy and turmoil
Those who have watched siblings suffer through illness, or even death, understand the level of grief these two women felt when their brother, Lazarus, became sick and died.
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
I attempt to quiet my thoughts. Eventually, I turn to Google to expand upon the greater idea of life stemming from death, but still the phoenix appears. From death, comes life.
Saving the Funeral from an Untimely Death
People today are confused about what funerals are for. How should pastors respond?
Let's lead funerals that facilitate the church's worship. Let's create expectations that funerals are congregational. Let's celebrate the reality that—in life and in death—Jesus is Lord.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
the Boss of all Bosses, and the Leader of all Leaders—who did everything in perfection and was so “successful” in his mission that he even conquered death—would undergo anticlimax
Religious Freedom Lessons from the Quakers
What a 17th-century woman leader taught me about fighting for freedom—for all
When she was released, she married George Fox. It wasn't until after George's death, though, in the 1690s, that Margaret finally saw at least partial legal tolerance of the Quakers.
Your Church Can Be a Refuge
4 steps to provide a calm, safe harbor of connection.
activities is worth the reward. 3. Empower and equip your people. Let's be clear: rest is not death. Rest means working wiser, not harder. We still believe that
Leading in the Midst of Suffering
I’d helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge.
Just breathe. I struggled to pay attention as the doctor described the details of her death. The lack of oxygen. My wounds were still too fresh from my daughter's death.
Make a Difference for the Kingdom
Whether or not your name eventually appears in history books, we’re all called to do our part.
Robin Williams, Charles Colson, and Anotonin Scalia are just a few people whose death was felt across America. What they did within “the dash” between
Funeral for a Stranger
What to do—and what to avoid—when eulogizing someone you never met.
Rather than dwell on that, I chose to pivot into a discussion about why death happens. It is natural for us to grieve.”. I spoke about Jesus' bitter grief at the death of his friend, Lazarus.
Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy
In four years of pastoral ministry, I’ve had to preach through four national tragedies.
An usher peeked her head around the door and said, "Your father wanted me to give you this message: After you left for church the news report revealed that the death toll has risen
Why I Did a Funeral for a Dog
What does Scripture have to say to those grieving the loss of an animal?
There's another reason Ogar's death was painful for them. He did it well, and it was fitting to honor that service in light of the circumstances of his death.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
180 is not a 12 Step group, and it is specifically geared to Christian men. We know the name of our Higher Power. We have accepted the death and resurrection of our Savior and Lord.
Easter Is Good News for Women Leaders
Though the world tells us we don’t matter or that we’re less-than, God clearly says otherwise.
The 11 disciples had sat under Jesus' teaching day in and day out. And then he died a gruesome death right in front of them. What kingdom had he ushered in?
My Friendship with Elisabeth Elliot
Leadership lessons over decadent desserts changed my life.
The world recoiled at the news of five American missionaries speared to death in the Ecuadorian jungles by Auca Indians. Elisabeth's husband, Jim Elliot, was one of those men.
I Grew Up with Two Women Pastors
Seeing two women lead our church gave me the freedom to pursue the gifts God had given me.
The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:5–6). We are sufficient because God has made us sufficient.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
But he also became convinced that the waters of revival would only flow through the vessel of a unified Church—and that needed to include the large Catholic churches in Aurora.
What Tommy Taught Me
Our church’s walk with a homeless man marked us indelibly.
My heart was broken. As a pastor I am well acquainted with death. And if by some chance they did, they were loved in life and death, and received a dignified burial.