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Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
Several years ago I endeavored to write a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount for several hundred women. The Bible study was a labor of love, passion, and joy.
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband.
Sobbed would be more honest. And they were not tears of joy, shed by a loving and faithful pastor's wife. They were tears of anguish, regret, and anger.
4 Ways Your Church Can Help People Simplify Christmas
If we want people to slow down, simplify and learn the joy of giving, our church needs to be a place they can do that.
If we want people to slow down, simplify and learn the joy of giving, our church needs to be a place they can do that. Church & CultureNovember 02, 2017.
Self-Control for the Sake of Ministry
What does it mean to say “no” to ourselves on behalf of those we serve and influence?
In contrast to slavery, God's Spirit gives us freedom—freedom to make choices not out of fear of punishment, but out of joy and hope in Christ who reconciles all things through his body
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps
Time spent in prayer, solitude, and honest conversation with a couple of close friends helped me maintain those boundaries, and serve God and others with more freedom and joy.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you
something is “good” or “best?” It's not as simple as saying “no” to all extra obligations because some projects are indeed for us to do; they are growth-producing, life-giving, or joy-filling.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches
Want your people to give with joy? Here’s what it’s going to take.
interview. I hold the microphone and say something along these lines: “You mentioned you felt real joy when you started to give more generously. We
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God.
before. I had a new understanding, for instance, of what Elizabeth must have experienced when she felt her unborn child leap for joy within her womb.
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.
It's my specialty. My niche. And, since embracing it, it's becoming an area of great joy and passion – even expertise. Lean In To Your Ministry Calling.
Called to Ministry? Start Here.
Five steps to become a healthy minister
mind. Maybe it's simply that you experience tremendous joy when you serve in the church and you want to find more where that came from. Whatever
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
Many of the people we preach to know the right answers. Some of us have the joy of discipling new believers who don't know how to follow Jesus. In
Wanted: New Church Methods for New Church People
Changing the world with the Gospel of Jesus is less likely to happen using traditional methods with every passing year.
Unfortunately, it's also very likely that, while these new ways of doing church will be met with joy and relief by some, they will be met with skepticism and anger by many.
Don’t Try To Be Successful, Try To Do Good Work
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they’ll always have a healthy ministry.
Others water, harvest and build. (1 Cor 3:1-11). The harvesters and builders experience the joy of seeing the results of their work. The seed-planters and foundation-layers dig holes.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
needed to be to enter full-time ministry again. Instead, it brings me great joy to serve the body of Christ as a lay person. The men of 180 think of me as
Can a pastor be an introvert?
I was no longer content with simply serving others as the person God had created me to be. I was trying to be someone else entirely, and the effort was robbing me of my joy.
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
weekend. Joy. A good guide must be joyful. I'm convinced that joy is the great forgotten power of the Christian life. We often subtly dismiss it. Because
3 Ways to Fight Back with Joy as You Lead
It’s a potent weapon for life’s battles
3 Ways to Fight Back with Joy as You Lead. It's a potent weapon for life's battles. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Thinkstock. 3 Ways to Fight Back with Joy as You Lead.
How to Pray for Your Congregation
To support your people in prayer, focus on who God is
This worked for years, but, eventually I became so weary with requests that even when I shared the burden with others, the prayer requests began to slowly rob me of my joy.
Pastor, How Do You Pray for Your Church?
10 ministry leaders respond.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. So many people are hurting, and we get to tell them about the hope, joy, and purpose found in Jesus.