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Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change
After finding Christ, she began sharing her new faith with so many others that even her friends observed she might have a new calling, which led her to seminary and then ordination.
How to Advocate for Singles in Your Church
Minding the margins to draw everyone in
parents. This is a bit ironic because the two men whose teachings have formed the foundations of our faith practices—Jesus and Paul—were neither!
...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés
Be careful that you don’t find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
A lot of people are talking and writing about leaving the Christian faith lately. I've also heard several podcasts in which former Christians talk about why they left the faith.
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them.
He had suffered much persecution for his faith and even wrote the letter of 2 Timothy from a prison cell in Rome. Paul tells Timothy, and now all of us
3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage.
Pay attention if you hear yourself or your team say, “Don't worry. It will all work out.” There is a difference between faith and foolishness. Discernment is essential.
Clumped Christians: When Fear Overwhelms Faith
When a healthy church gathers for worship it should renew our passion to mobilize and move out in ministry.
Church & CultureMarch 10, 2017. Clumped Christians: When Fear Overwhelms Faith When a healthy church gathers for worship it should renew our passion to mobilize and move out in
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.
No matter how skilled, gifted, passionate, hardworking and faith-filled a person is, we all have to make tough choices to abandon good things in order to have better things.
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder.
Raised with strong roots in her African American heritage, Robinson holds strong ties to the black community of faith that raised her: Faith Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California.
Bounce Back After Defeat
Every leader faces failure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your ministry.
bear good fruit. When I started a new ministry, I envisioned ascending a ladder of faith, going higher and higher to reach the mountaintop. I figured if
The Resurrection: Good News vs Fake News (An Easter Sermon Idea)
The first challenge to the truth of the gospel wasn’t a competing idea or argument. It was the planting of a fake news story.
The Gospel Is Good News. Christianity is an event-based faith. That's what the word 'gospel' means, after all. The event that defines our faith is the resurrection of Jesus.
Preventing Teenage ‘Faith Drift’
Our research underscores the crucial role of intergenerational relationships.
So while you continue to develop robust children's and youth ministries, we also encourage you to look for strategic ways your faith community can build relationships across
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the
Trusting God When the Future Is Unknown
Will we enter God’s Promised Land for us in full faith?
Trusting God When the Future Is Unknown. Will we enter God's Promised Land for us in full faith? They knew God was with them and had faith in his promises.
Overlooked: When Women Are Passed Over for Leadership
Research suggests a reason for this phenomenon beyond the glass ceiling.
denomination. Less than ten years after becoming a pastor, Mike had a crisis of faith, admitted that he no longer felt called to pastor, and moved on. Scenario
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
Christ.”. 2. Lost Credibility. There is an irreducible complexity to the Christian faith. 4:14). There is an irreducible complexity to the Christian faith. Neither
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
It's not simply that we've chosen not to belong. It's that we've forgotten how.” In her memoir, she explores belonging to a faith community in an ever-increasing age of individualism.
Is Online Church Real Church?
It's real, but it's not enough. A full church experience requires flesh-and-blood people to share physical space together.
essential. The speed, convenience and world-wide reach of the internet is a wonderful tool. The digital world is a great place to network about faith. Screen
Overcome Ministry Burnout By Learning to Say ‘No’
Saying ‘no’ isn’t a lack of faith. Sometimes it’s a necessary first step in narrowing our focus and strengthening our faith.
Saying 'no' isn't a lack of faith. Sometimes it's a necessary first step in narrowing our focus and strengthening our faith. Saying 'No' Isn't a Lack of Faith.
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand
Whether you’re teaching about God’s love or sovereignty, these four steps will prepare you to teach.
My friend was being challenged in her faith and stretching to take on a thorny issue that often is treated with either Christian platitudes or not taught at all.