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3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage. - Article
worry. It will all work out.” There is a difference between faith and foolishness. Discernment is essential. 2. Ignoring limits hurts you and those you lead. By
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you - Article
Do you have space to begin counseling?” In those precious moments between receiving that email and setting up a phone call, I pray for wisdom and discernment for both of us as we
Christian Leaders Disagree, So Who Deserves My Vote?
How Christian voters can rightly discern political issues. - Article
For Christian voters, navigating the waters of politics during an election season can pose challenges, and it requires discernment. In recent months, religious
The 10 Percent Grace Rule: Judging Without Being Judgmental
As Christians and as consumers of content, how do we balance wise discernment with forgiveness and grace? 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
As Christians and as consumers of content, how do we balance wise discernment with forgiveness and grace? Christian UnityOctober 14, 2016. The
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
marriage, and suffering. “On the other hand, the prevalence of Bible teachers also seems to have dulled some people's discernment,” Breeding added. “If a
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
Three Reasons Women Go to Seminary
I asked women across the country: Why are you here? - Article
decided to “try” seminary. Instead, it was typically a long, fraught process of discernment. Some of the women fled their calling for years. Because of the
My Journey Into Spiritual Direction
Recognizing God's work in your life usually requires a guide.
life and ministry. Decision-Making and Discernment. The distinction between decision-making and discernment has also become important. When I try
Don’t Lose Sight of Scripture
How can we follow Christ if we don’t know how he wants to be followed? - Article
hope they are right. Utilizing our spirit of discernment, we have to secure a position of confidence in Christ that only God can appoint us to. I want to encourage
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
In your books, you identify three environments or “shapes” to describe the church. What do they mean? I wanted a way to talk about church life with newcomers
Leadership Journal reviews
The Slant: Think of this book as sermons for church leaders. It answers questions, and responds to doubts. The book reflects Jesus' ministry in both content and tone.
5 Mistakes More Likely To Be Made By Small Churches Than Big Churches
Different sizes of churches serve different functions. And they face different challenges.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Different sizes of churches serve different functions. And they face different challenges.
Lead Me On: Discernment for Dummies
Believing the truth is a team sport - Article
Lead Me On: Discernment for Dummies. Raise your hand if you can get behind a cause called "Discernment Is Not for the Faint of Heart.". For honorary president, I recommend Tamar.
I Voted Clinton. He Voted Trump. We Still Do Ministry Together.
How my right-hand man and I reconciled our political differences for the sake of our church.
We trust each other. Because we've taken that intentional time together, I know Dan follows Jesus earnestly. I believe in his sincere desire to obey. And
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
The apostle Paul had similar concerns about the Ephesian believers, who, for lack of discernment, could be like “infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there
Include Your Children in Life-Changing Decisions
God is working in their lives too - Article
surface through our children. A keen attentiveness to their thoughts in the context of potential change often leads to clarity in discernment. Phrases like “I
Pastoring NewSpring Church after Perry Noble
Clayton King never expected to be a senior pastor. Now he leads one of the largest churches in America.
I believe there's great wisdom, not to mention common sense, in taking time during a season of transition to pray, seek the Lord, and ask for his discernment.
Clayton King: Hearing God's Voice
How do you listen to God's direction for your ministry?
5+ Churchy Things I'm Thankful For – Even If I Don't Like Them
It's important to distinguish between personal preferences and moral absolutes if we hope to maintain our integrity.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For too many people, "I don't like it" is virtually indistinguishable from "this is bad.". This lack of discernment is bad. Really and truly bad. Especially in the church.
The Pastoral Work of Reshaping Imaginations
Five tools to help your people combat the lie that they aren't loved by God.
We're not just randomly choosing pretty stories to imagine or believe. The point here is to learn to believe Scripture as truth, to invite the Spirit to redeem
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