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8 Guidelines for Ministering to Men
A nuanced alternative to the Billy Graham Rule that views men—and ourselves—first as being in the image of God. - Article
To safeguard marriages and maintain integrity in our pastoral care—or other leadership—women require principles that get at the heart of our relationships preemptively.
Join Our Summer Study Group
Meet with women from across the country for community, encouragement, and discussion. - Article
Sure, I had great support from the other pastoral staff (all male), and I did find a handful of We'll be tackling topics like what self-care looks like when you're in leadership, how to navigate
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps - Article
Fearing My Own Strength. In my previous church, I was the Minister of Pastoral Care and functioned as an assistant pastor. In fact, congregants introduced me as their pastor.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
“There is much that is glorious in pastoral work,” Peterson explains, “but the congregation, as such, is not This seems to me a perfect example of pastoral ministry in the present tense.
My Top 10 Resources on Pastoral Care
A seasoned shepherd selects those most helpful for 'the cure of souls.'
Crabb warned me off less useful approaches to helping people. His book aims to help small groups connect deeply with one another, but I found it helpful in one-on-one pastoral care.
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
I was working so hard to fix the congregation and community that I was turning them into projects. My fixit spirit didn't stop with the congregation and community.
Encourage More Women to Lead
Regardless of theology, we need to empower more women to use their gifts in the local church. - Article
more women to lead (whether in the hospitality ministry, the women's ministry, or the pastoral ministry), we 1 Peter 5:1–2 urges elders to shepherd and serve the flock under their care.
5 Ways Small Churches Help Big Churches Without Getting (Or Asking For) Credit
Sometimes, when small churches contribute to the body of Christ, we're blessing our big church friends in ways that no one else sees.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Sometimes, when small churches contribute to the body of Christ, we're blessing our big church friends in ways that no one else sees.
Pastor, Don't Neglect Your Current Members To Reach New Ones
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today.
4 Proven Strategies for the Care and Treatment of an Unhealthy Church
Unhealthy churches aren’t like healthy ones. Acting as though they are doesn’t help them, it hurts them.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
healthy one? 1. Do More Hands-On Pastoral Care. So much of the current advice about pastoring seems to be about how to pastor less, not more. That
Your Most Undervalued Role
The slow, small, but immeasurably sacred work of pastoral care.
Good shepherds. Psalm 23 is the very definition of pastoral care. “The Lord is my shepherd.” My Pastor. A church forever.”. That's pastoral care. Sacred intruders. I
The 3 Biggest Problems With An 'Every Number Is A Person' Approach To Ministry
Record-keeping and statistical analysis are helpful ministry tools. But we need to know their limitations.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Train the pastoral staff, prepare small group leaders, and use statistics to provide one set of criteria for how well we're doing ministry. View as Single Page Page:12Next.
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
Know when email is not the right medium. In pastoral ministry we'll inevitably receive emails detailing anything from a relational conflict to a list of perceived deficiencies in the church.
CT Pastors' Top 16 Articles of 2016
From ministry temptations to high callings, here is this year's best training and wisdom for pastors.
Your Sermon. by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones. From research to outline, and everything in between. 6. My Top 10 Resources on Pastoral Care. by Lee Eclov.
Subtle Discrimination in Churches
Who are you unintentionally leaving out? - Article
For the pastoral staff, it establishes clear expectations, helps keep track of and care for people, and creates a unified body with a clearly defined mission.
The Care and Feeding of Leaders
The person might grumble and fuss during the project, but he feels the intimidating power of pastoral authority driving him to do the Here are two ways to care for and feed your leaders.
A Pastoral Rant about Pastoral Recommendations
An open letter to every single human being who has ever asked for a pastoral recommendation (or who might ask for one in the future).
The “How confidential is this really?” recommendation. Who will be reading this? The candidate, or just the organization or church? I once wrote a reference thinking it was confidential.
The Pastoral Work of Reshaping Imaginations
Five tools to help your people combat the lie that they aren't loved by God.
We're not just randomly choosing pretty stories to imagine or believe. The point here is to learn to believe Scripture as truth, to invite the Spirit to redeem
Using Scripture Well in Pastoral Care
When speaking truth one on one, you're not delivering a sermon.
Either way, the Word falls on deaf ears. The timing was wrong. Using Scripture too quickly is a temptation for those of us who are quick to speak, slow to listen, and eager but impatient.
What I Wish Pastors Knew about Pastoral Recommendations
I’ve read thousands.
Sincerely,. Johnmark. Johnmark Smith spent nine years working in a Christian college admissions office before making the switch to pastoral work himself.
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