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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
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.
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.
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.
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
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
Whether you’re called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you’ve got.
Sometimes you can't have it all. Pastoring? Or Church Growth? Choose What You Lose. We serve an unlimited God, with unlimited time, energy, love and resources. But I'm not him.
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
I went from spending all of my energy on our mission to becoming a fire extinguisher. I went from spending all of my energy on our mission to becoming a fire extinguisher.
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.
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
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
According to the Conservation of Resources stress model, disasters cause “spirals of loss.” It takes more resources, time, money, energy, and social support to recover, and for the most
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.
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.
6 Symptoms of Church Ministry Silos
And ways to help cure this type of disunity.
5. Replicate best practices. Don't waste time and energy with every ministry department coming up with their own systems for how to do guest services, volunteering, and missions trips.
The Legacy of Women in the Black Church
I stand on the shoulders of the strong black women who have gone before me.
I do not wander around the sanctuary with anxious energy meandering through my sermon, like a child in a corn maze. No, I stand firmly in my pulpit.