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Poured Out for the Church
Releasing the desire to be right, even when you’ve been wronged - Article
of the Shepherd. Forgiveness is the path―we know it is. We preach it week after week, the hallmark of Christian faith and practice. Forgiving 70 times
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing. - Article
Choosing Faith. I have witnessed people who go through their toughest storms in life, remaining very calm and collected while standing on their faith in God to deliver them.
Take Delight in Your Passions
The story of Juana Ines de la Cruz reminds us that God instills passions within us that he can use for his glory. - Article
Was she ready to demonstrate her true faith through acts of submission, all in the name of obedience, piety, propriety? An Insatiable Thirst for Knowledge.
Find Your Prophetic Voice
First steps you can take to learn to speak out against injustice - Article
On the other hand, I understand why faith leaders are hesitant. I often question when or how much to speak up because I don't want to offend my white friends.
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change - Article
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 - Article
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!
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them. - Article
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
Helping People Connect Faith and Work
These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities.
of life” interviews, and preaching traditional and non-traditional sermons on the importance congregants' Monday-through-Friday work and the importance of allowing their faith to inform
...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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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
3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage. - Article
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.
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder. - Article
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. - Article
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
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
die alone. How must Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, have felt each time he referred to his closest friends as “you who are of little faith”? If
Sorry Christians, We Can’t Blame the Media Any More
More than ever before, we have an obligation to act in a Christ-like manner. Not just in church, but everywhere.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
about actual Christians. People who have a relationships with Jesus, read their Bible, go to church, share their faith and love their neighbor. Then they
Finally, A Definitive List Of Every Essential Element For An Effective Church
We can't let our guard down in the relentless battle to keep the non-essentials from crowding out the essentials.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
No personal preference is better than any other – except to the person whose faith is strengthened by it. The problem with our personal preferences is that we really do prefer them.
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
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
Remind participants that, like the people in Ezekiel, all of us periodically experience deadness in our faith and require God's breath to resurrect faith. 3. Creature Cause Crawl.
Trusting God When the Future Is Unknown
Will we enter God’s Promised Land for us in full faith? - Article
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.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
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