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Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Ministry is not about the number of hours we work. It's about faithfulness and effectiveness. Work harder. But that's never the answer. Fewer Hours, More Faithfulness And Effectiveness.
3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
So, while I'm not usually one for tips and tricks of the trade, I'd like to offer you testimony of our experience and God's faithfulness in the hopes of giving struggling co-pastors some
We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful
As my pastorate crumbled around me, I learned what God truly expects of us.
to Mother Teresa—but that morning was the first I'd ever heard it: “God does not call you to be successful; he calls you to be faithful.” The thought that faithfulness hovered somewhere
Why I Won’t Be The Lead Pastor At Cornerstone Any More – But I'm Not Leaving
Pastoral transition is one of the most dangerous times in a congregation’s life. We need to get better at it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Pastoral transition is one of the most dangerous times in a congregation's life. We need to get better at it.
CT Pastors’ Top 17 Articles of 2017
This year’s best practical solutions and stories of ministry failure, temptation, and encouragement.
CT Pastors' Top 17 Articles of 2017. This year's best practical solutions and stories of ministry failure, temptation, and encouragement. Kyle Rohane. 0;
Another Small Church Christmas Eve – Was Yours Not So Merry And Bright?
You’re not the only pastor who experienced a tough Christmas Eve yesterday, or feels the weight of it today.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
And the food. Re-read that amazing story. Take a nap. Then get ready for next Sunday, knowing that Christ rewards faithfulness. Copyright © 2017 by the author or Christianity Today.
Trusting God When the Future Is Unknown
Will we enter God’s Promised Land for us in full faith?
WomenLeaders.com - Article
Even now, after all I've seen, I hate to admit that I sometimes hold the fruit of the faithfulness of God while simultaneously gripping the fear he might not act again.
When You're a Pastor Who Suffers from Depression
What the story of Elijah (and psychological research) tells us about how to cope.
When God came to Elijah and allowed him to speak, Elijah expressed his frustration that in spite of his faithfulness as a prophet, the people rejected God's covenant.
Tom Nelson: Two Essential Threads to Renewed Faithfulness in Partnership with City and Ministry
In order to demonstrate Christlike compassion and promote economic capacity, Christians need to develop a robust theology that informs life more fully as well as a robust theology of economic flourishing.
Tom Nelson: Two Essential Threads to Renewed Faithfulness in Partnership with City and Ministry. In order to demonstrate Christlike compassion and
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce. 3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment. North Barry Dancy. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope. What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce. Scott Sauls. 0; tweet; link. share;
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.
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. Jamie
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Confessions of a Former 'It' Church Pastor. We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded. Anonymous. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share.
Pastor, Don't Neglect Your Current Members To Reach New Ones
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today.
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In your church or another one. And he delights in your continued faithfulness, just as he mourns with you in your struggle to cope with yet another tough weekend.
Before You Open Your Mouth
10 tips for “pre-public speaking”
WomenLeaders.com - Article
you're preaching to yourself and crying as you go.” Anything I speak or preach on has been born out of a conviction of sin, an emotional discovery, or a story of God's faithfulness in my
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue
WomenLeaders.com - Article
I began to forget that there were healthy, loving families with well-adjusted teenagers. As a Christ-follower, I began to forget the faithfulness and goodness of God.
A Faithfulness Deeper than Feeling
Spiritual angst is so 2013.
A Faithfulness Deeper than Feeling. Spiritual angst is so 2013. Maybe there's a third option: just doing. Faithfulness in my marriage doesn't mean I always feel mushy feelings.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer. Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
The Church Stewardship Prime Directive
Here's one finance principle that should trump all others.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
Don't spend what you don't have. Faithfulness starts with discipline. This post first appeared on NewSmallChurch.com and is adapted with permission.
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