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Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree - Article
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 - Article
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. - Article
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. - Article
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. - Article
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 - Article
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.
28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church
Numbers are not the only way to determine church health. In many situations, they’re not even the best way.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
ideas are embraced; New leadership is embraced; Long-time leadership is respected; The energy and passion of the youth is celebrated; The wisdom and
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
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time. - Article
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 Ways to Simplify Advent
These proactive measures can keep you, and your team, from burning out. - Article
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.
How Doing Fewer Events Is Helping Our Church Do Better Ministry
If your church, or a department in it, needs to hit the refresh button, it’s not a backwards step to strip things down to the basics.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
no midweek service, nothing else. Just put all our KidMin time, energy, budget, volunteers and creativity into Sunday morning. As a church leadership
Being A Small Church Pastor Isn’t A Penalty, It’s A Specialty
Pastoring a small church doesn't mean giving up or settling for less. If you embrace it, you can be great at it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
When we stop wasting so much time and energy trying to be something we're not, we can discover what it means to be great at what we are called to do.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression. - Article
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.
Lead Like Your Introversion Is a Strength
Because it is! - Article
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 Truth About Sexism in the Church
And how to keep it from breaking you down. - Article
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
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.
Managing Risks • Salary Benchmarks • Workplace Excuses: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
(S)nacking on fruit, trail mix, or carrots and hummus on a regular basis will give you more energy" ("4 Ways to Stay Healthy When You're Stuck Behind a Desk All Day," by Leila Lewis
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
The Legacy of Women in the Black Church
I stand on the shoulders of the strong black women who have gone before me. - Article
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.
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