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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.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
Sobbed would be more honest. And they were not tears of joy, shed by a loving and faithful pastor's wife. My husband, bless him, was so excited, so passionate about his new role.
6 Benefits of Embracing the Fact that You’re a Small Church Pastor
If you’re a small church pastor, don’t resist it, embrace it. Then be great at it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Church MinistryOctober 19, 2017. 6 Benefits of Embracing the Fact that You're a Small Church Pastor If you're a small church pastor, don't resist it, embrace it. Then be great at it.
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
right place. Here's to a greater sense of Inbox Shalom! Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Massachusetts.
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
It was my time. I could have nice things. Then our lead pastor left for another position, and I (the associate) knew God was calling me to step into that role.
Our Best on the Pastor’s Role
10 tools to clarify who you are and what you do as a pastor.
Lots of pastors see their role as changing one thing after another, because change means Here's one pastor's story of visiting the Peterson cabin in Montana and what's still taking root
I Don’t Fit the Senior Pastor Mold
But I’m leading in the way God has gifted me.
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You're the Senior Pastor? I have always had a pastor's heart, but moving from a staff pastor role to a senior pastor role is in so many ways a new journey.
4 Steps To Help Pastors Preach To Newbies And Mature Christians Every Week
Speaking deep truths in simple language isn’t easy. But when we do, something very special can happen.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Speaking deep truths in simple language isn't easy. But when we do, something very special can happen.
The Best Way To Avoid Pastor Burnout? Equip The Saints
Neither information or inspiration is enough. Pastors need to help congregations turn it into perspiration.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
print. The New Testament doesn't emphasize the role of pastor nearly as much as our current church structure does. In fact, there's just one passage – one!
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor
Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated.
Are you resisting evil? How are you serving God?). And if the pastor discovered a fundamental ill, the pastor's role was to prescribe some remedy to restore spiritual health and vitality.
Sorry, Pastors – The Growth Of The Church Is Not Up To Us
Preaching the Word, training disciples and ministering to the community may or may not increase the number of people who sit in front of me from Sunday to Sunday.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
A while ago I was having lunch with a pastor of a church near mine. It's Jesus' church. Not mine. The church existed before I came along, including the congregation I currently pastor.
A Pastor's Dilemma: What to Do When You Can't See the Vision for Your Church
Is it okay if a pastor’s calling is to help others fulfill their calling? Or, does every church need a pastor-led vision to get behind?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church LeadershipMarch 27, 2017. A Pastor's Dilemma: What to Do When You Can't See the Vision for Your Church Is it okay if a pastor's calling is to help others fulfill their calling?
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
Whether you’re called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you’ve got.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church LeadershipSeptember 18, 2017. Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? No one can truly pastor 1,000 people. Or 500. Even 200 is stretching yourself too thin.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
I tried several churches in my quest to fit in and follow my calling. Eventually I landed a role as a youth pastor at New Community Church in Lagrange, Georgia.
ABCs of the Pastoral Role
What you never expected to do when you first sensed God’s calling.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
In other instances, a pastor will give my contact information to someone in need of counseling. pastors to do?” In no way does Cross Care seek to subvert the important role of pastoral
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
Sure, we need to take regular Sabbaths and vacations. But even on vacation you're never not a pastor. Ministry is not about the number of hours we work.
5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative
Acts 2 does not give us a picture of Peter hearing from God in private, then coming to the disciples with the vision.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For me. But it wasn't theirs. So they didn't get behind it. If the church doesn't get behind the pastor's vision, maybe the pastor's vision for them isn't God's vision for them.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
It is, as Psalm 46:10 says, to “Be still and know that I am God.”. In his memoir Open Secrets, Richard Lischer describes his experience as pastor of a small, rural church in central Illinois.
Pastors, We Need To Stop Expecting Worship Leaders To Do Our Job For Us
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper.
James Brown: The Word of God Undergirds Everything I Do
The sports broadcaster opens up about preaching, calling, and straddling two different worlds.
From there, I joined the staff as a confidant to the pastor, and I started preaching as well. The story of Moses and Aaron helped me learn to serve in that role.
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