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Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree
In my mid-30's, college was a distant memory, and the thought of pulling together enough time, focus, and mental energy to sit down and write a paper sounded like signing up for
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
The secret to making meetings brief and efficient.
already in agreement. Why waste time with needless debate in that case? Save everyone's energy, and simply put the matter to a vote. To be clear, if
Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission.
It was impossible to know, yet I spent a lot of emotional energy trying to figure it out, often attributing the worst possible motives to him, which in turn just made me angrier.
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter
At some point early in your role as lead pastor there were a few months when you had really low energy a lot of the time and it wasn't until later that I realized it was part of that.
The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling
Pastors must prepare to bear these burdens as they meet with parishioners.
of anyone else.”. Over her 25 years of practice, Black has found that personal life balance is key to maintaining the energy to help others. Whether it's
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
You have a limited amount of energy for personal encounters, so you spend most of your day in your study and schedule your days to allow for study and sermon preparation.
Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry.
And every once in a while I like to read or catch up with my favorite show. I simply don't have the time or energy to become everything to everyone. But I don't have to.
We're cheering you on as you live your calling.
What's a leader to do? After all, we all have limited strength, wisdom, time, and energy. Sometimes the weight of ministry comes from our own unhealthy ways of leading.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you
Because I am also a mother, wife, and household manager, however, I weigh each extracurricular opportunity carefully knowing it will impact my time, energy, and availability.
When People Leave: The Private Pain Of The Small Church Pastor
Even if the church is large and growing, it can be hard when people leave. But when the church is small, each loss is much more painful.
But it still hurts to invest all that time, energy, emotion and compassion only to hear them say buh-bye after you've helped them get healthy again. View as Single Page Page:123Next.
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time.
results. Working out increased my daily energy, gave me a good “attack” to start the day, and increased my capacity to enjoy the food that I loved. But
Three Benefits of Bulletin Inserts
And why limiting the number of inserts is important.
a payoff. If the insert gets ignored, you've wasted valuable time, energy, and money. 3. They lessen the importance of special announcements. If you
Your Church Can Be a Refuge
4 steps to provide a calm, safe harbor of connection.
own community spaces. This encouraged church leaders and volunteers to shift their focus and energy toward their personal living spaces. Rather than
Three Ways to Simplify Advent
These proactive measures can keep you, and your team, from burning out.
Over the years, I've learned how to keep what is meaningful while letting go of things that were merely depleting my energy—and everyone else's energy.
Lead Like Your Introversion Is a Strength
Because it is!
For years I thought that to be a good leader, I had to be an extrovert. Most of the leaders I knew seemed to have boundless energy for people, and to be energized by them in return.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression.
The symptoms of depression range from feeling sad for no particular reason to feeling numb. You feel like your emotional reserves are depleted and your physical energy is low.
Is Your Church a Pipeline, Portal, or Platform?
The amount of life transformation you're seeing may depend on your answer.
Platforms convert passive energy into active energy. Or we might say, platforms help that which wants to happen. This is the latent energy that is present all around us.
The Truth About Sexism in the Church
And how to keep it from breaking you down.
Your anger will be justified because sexism is something your male colleagues will not have to deal with, and yet you have to expend energy and emotion on something that should