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Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
Five practical tips to fight back - Article
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy. Five practical tips to fight back. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: Lightstock. 0; tweet; email; print. There are so many
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine - Article
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.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches
Want your people to give with joy? Here’s what it’s going to take.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches. Want your people to give with joy? After all, those who have given in the past know the strong sense of joy and thanksgiving with which they gave.
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband. - Article
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? - Article
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. - Article
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.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you - Article
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.
Called to Ministry? Start Here.
Five steps to become a healthy minister - Article
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
Looking For A Last-Minute Christmas Sermon Idea? Keep It Simple, Keep It Weird
One of the challenges of preaching for Christmas is holding two very different truths in hand without falling into one of two traps.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
It's just another birth. Like every birth, it holds the promise of great hope, joy, beauty and expectation. Wonderful things, to be sure. But only half the story.
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God. - Article
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.
Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
'It was a little heartbreak for a mom who felt she needed to do that, but what joy this little baby is going to be okay,' said State Senator Michelle Benson, a Republican from Ham Lake.
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel? - Article
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
Set Housing Allowances Soon • Redeeming Criticism • Work Rhythms: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
I try to do it well. But I do it in the same spirit that I, along with my wife, run our house. There are many essential things we routinely do, often (but not always) with joy.
8 Assumptions Pastors Can't Make In A Post-Christian Culture
The so-called Christian culture is going... going... gone. We need to get ready for what’s next.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
change. For instance, I've discovered the joy of teaching the Bible to people who have virtually no preconceptions about what the Bible says or means.
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
Ministry Misfit
Can a pastor be an introvert? - Article
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.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s
What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding. - Article
I was too timid in exposing any asset to risk.”. Psychological studies have shown that the pain of loss in the stock market is more powerful than the joy of gains.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
3 Ways to Fight Back with Joy as You Lead
It’s a potent weapon for life’s battles - Article
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.
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