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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
How to Spot Rising Women Leaders
If we want to see more women leaders in the church, we need to look for them.
Ten years later, I'm a pastor and a small-group director. Now I have the great joy and opportunity to help other people move into leadership roles. We Need Women Leaders.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
The better the finance manager, the janitor, and the receptionist can articulate the significant kingdom impact of their jobs, the more they will experience the joy of their calling.
Finding Communal Joy in Lament
Let’s sing the Lord’s song in a strange and troubled land
Finding Communal Joy in Lament. Finding Communal Joy in Lament. 0; tweet; email; print. ISIS. Ebola in West Africa. Syria. The recent Middle East conflagration. Flight MH17.
The Power of Leading by Influence
What I’m learning as Executive Pastor of Willow Creek
to build the church together. The beauty of what God does with a team of people surrendered to him is such a joy to be a part of. What comes out of it
Savor Advent, Feast on Christmas
My family’s new traditions made the season richer
the Messiah. Gifts were exchanged, but they weren't the highlight. The foundation of Christmas joy was light—God's light, overcoming darkness. As the