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When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing.
She was right. The chairperson held me to expectations of her own that hadn't been communicated to me. Clearly, my boss also had different expectations
Unresolved Relationship Issues
Recognizing, addressing, and helping others deal with transference.
This process may occur in therapy, when a person receiving treatment applies feelings toward—or expectations of—another person onto the therapist and then begins to interact with
When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team.
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team. But we can change our expectations for those who serve with us so we're not regularly disappointed.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
Keep a practical budget. Because giving may go down during the summer, be sure to set up a clear church budget with realistic expectations on giving and spending.
We're cheering you on as you live your calling.
Sometimes the weight of ministry comes from our own unhealthy ways of leading. Other times it comes from the world's expectations, or our congregants' expectations.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors. For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange. Marshall
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
Being a woman in ministry has its perks—I take particular delight in surprising people. “Wait, you're a minister?” they ask. “But you're so [insert the quality that busted their expectations]!”.
How to Prepare for Speaking at a Conference
What I’ve learned from 15 years of speaking at various events.
You've been chosen! But is this a good fit? Before you say “yes,” request a phone date, and interview the organizers of the event: What are their expectations of you?
6 Ways to Start Mentoring in 2018
Find out how to navigate generational differences, build their confidence, and prepare for rejection.
this group. They want mentors but have completely different expectations for how that relationship will look. Work to build their confidence. Instead, too
Take Ownership of Your Development
Women are often overlooked for leadership development. Take matters into your own hands.
No one owes you leadership. These truths are tricky. We often don't recognize that we have these expectations because most of our early lives these are healthy expectations.
Leading A Church Through Seasons And Cycles – And How To Know The Difference
We can’t control the seasons of our life, or of the church we're called to lead, but we can do something about the cycles.
and cycles are both ways to describe the rhythms of rising and falling, ebb and flow, give and take, each of them requires a different mindset, different methods and different expectations
5 Essentials to Build Trust in Your Ministry Team
Lessons from the life of Nehemiah
This research concluded, “Female managers eclipse their male counterparts at setting basic expectations for their employees, building relationships with their subordinates
For-Profit vs. Church Financial Management
The head of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability shares the differences to help people transition from the business world into a nonprofit ministry.
into a church setting. What unrealistic expectations do for-profit financial/ business folks bring into the church setting? The most unrealistic expectation
How Culture Affects Our Expectations of Leaders
Gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic biases affect how we lead and follow.
How Culture Affects Our Expectations of Leaders. Plueddemann states that expectations for leaders and followers should change in a crosscultural setting:
How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry
When I took a break from ministry, I realized I’d lost more than my job.
rest. For a while, I blamed it on the demands of ministry. I blamed it on weeknight expectations and weekend expectations and summer expectations. I
My Husband Isn’t Called to Ministry
My dreams of ministering together were dashed, but I got something better in return.
My expectations didn't lessen when I met the man who would eventually become my husband, but I learned pretty quickly that my dream of ministering together wouldn't be reality.
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time.
responsibilities. When our lives are so consumed with meeting expectations, trying to measure up, and fulfilling the needs of others, we lose sight of ourselves.