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8 Reasons Churches Should Partner with Secular Community Groups
How can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them? And how will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Our church used to partner exclusively with other Christian ministries. For everything from missions to community service. Before that, we would only
Rescuing Short Term Missions
Tony Myles shares insights on how to lead a productive mission trip.
Can We Really Be Like Christ?
Rethinking the incarnational ministry model
WomenLeaders.com - Article
In recent years, an attempt to connect the Christ hymn with the modern church's responsibility toward missions has given rise to a movement known as “incarnational ministry.” As with
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
The healthier the church is, the more Christians mobilize into outward-looking teams to start new groups. New churches. New missions. New movements.
Helping People Connect Faith and Work
These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities.
practical stories about how pastors have integrated FWE theology across the life of the church—in pastoral practice, discipleship and spiritual formation, and in outreach and missions.
An Unlikely Convert to Short-Term Missions
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Create Your Church’s Vision Statement
It starts with a dream
WomenLeaders.com - Article
This is achieved through their mission statement. All ministries should possess two missions: Internal mission: Connection must be at the center of every group's purpose.
Leading to the Ends of the Earth
How to reach beyond your church by investing within your church
WomenLeaders.com - Article
on their hearts. It's important that you give them freedom, encouragement, and resources to fulfill their missions. Loving Your Community. Those who
The Zika Virus and International Church Trips
What churches need to know before they travel.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
As churches and church leaders prepare for international missions trips or other activities, they must anticipate in advance any safety, security, or health related concerns participants
People Won't Commit to the Church Any More? Don't You Believe It
The way people make commitments is changing. Unhealthy churches whine about it. Healthy churches do something about it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Ask for a missions or building pledge, and people would do it. Mention the need for Sunday School volunteers and folks would commit every week for decades. Not any more.
Offer Support, Not Shame
10 Things I’ve Learned while Walking with Wives of Sexual Offenders
WomenLeaders.com - Article
divorce. If you stay with him, you will never see my children. My personal favorite is this: You'll never have a future in ministry or missions or leadership. A
Part 2: Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches
When I kept my mouth shut, the Holy Spirit led my team to a new depth of unity
WomenLeaders.com - Article
in one of two ways: either it's the "love is patient, love is kind" crowd who believe that we must be soft toward each other regardless of circumstance or the "missions and martyrs
The Phil Vischer Podcast: Ep 54- Heretical Pope?, Boy Scouts (again), & Bad Short Term Missions
Anthropologist & podcast guest Brian Howell talks about rethinking short term missions.
Small ≠ Broken: 5 Steps to Greatness In a Small Church
You don’t need one more person, one more dollar or one more square foot of building to start being a great church.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
You don't need one more person, one more dollar or one more square foot of building to start being a great church.
Why No One Cares About Your Mission Statement – And Neither Should You
The only real hope that a church will follow through on their mission statement is when it’s based on what the church is already doing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The only real hope that a church will follow through on their mission statement is when it's based on what the church is already doing.
Seeing in the Dark, Part 2
An interview with Michelle Tessendorf, Executive Director of Orchard: Africa
WomenLeaders.com - Article
sub-Saharan Africa has had hundreds of years of Christian missions, and we could lose all of the ground we've won in one generation if the church does not step up and see there are
Seeing in the Dark, Part 1
An interview with Michelle Tessendorf, Executive Director of Orchard: Africa
WomenLeaders.com - Article
What is your specific role with Orchard: Africa? I am one of the founders, and currently the executive director. I'm also an ordained pastor. So my role is also senior missions pastor.
The Chief End of the Local Church
God’s people in God’s presence.
Lewis continues, “If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.
My Local Vision
The Book of Jeremiah and my longing to see beyond the veil in a local coffee shop.
The girl in the cardigan is still here, too. I find myself wanting her to like me, hoping she'll notice my vintage shoes. It's only now that I see she has a lampshade on her head.
Ramps vs. Signs: Saying 'Yes' to Unexpected Ministry Opportunities
Churches on offense don't have to be offensive. We can meet people where they are while staying true to our message.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Churches on offense don't have to be offensive. We can meet people where they are while staying true to our message.
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