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My Difficult Past Makes Me a Better Leader
The very things I saw as weaknesses, I now see as strengths.
This new revelation disoriented me. I had grown up with lots of deficits in my life: poverty, mental illness in my family, and a minority status. Now, my sex could be added to the list.
Three Lessons for Women in Ministry from Catherine Booth
The co-founder of The Salvation Army lived out her calling and left a lasting legacy.
When they began The Salvation Army in 1865, known then as The Christian Mission, William spoke mostly to those in poverty, while Catherine spoke primarily to the wealthy and
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
in social justice issues. You can use it to raise awareness about local causes such as poverty, racism, or human trafficking. Remind participants that, like
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
straddling a wide socioeconomic spectrum. We had gang problems and hunger problems and the 10,000 indignities of poverty. It was perfect, the kind
Great Leaders Know How to Handle Their Emotions
But that probably doesn’t mean what you think.
Is emotion something to control, or does it reveal opportunities for God to show himself? Empathy v. Sympathy. Last week, I was part of a workshop on understanding poverty.
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
heat wave. People living in poverty may not have the resources to evacuate and get to safety when that means paying for extra gas and a hotel. People
Is It Wrong If I Don’t Want My Church to Grow?
If you are intentionally or unintentionally putting up roadblocks that hinder your church from growing, remove them. Now.
As long as there is one person in our community who doesn't know Jesus, one child in poverty, one scared, pregnant teenager, or one person anywhere with a need that Jesus wants us
Finding Communal Joy in Lament
Let’s sing the Lord’s song in a strange and troubled land
Choose people to pray who are passionate about issues such as poverty and injustice. Learn what injustice, pain, and poverty exists in your church's neighborhood.
An Interview with David Platt
His latest book Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans
Planting Disciple-Making Churches in the City
What does it take to grow healthy congregations in this hostile environment?
Because of gentrification, the poor are relocating to the suburbs. More people are living in poverty in the suburbs and rural areas. Urbanization is coming to a town near you!
What I’ve learned from Working with Young Immigrants
Children often feel as if they are straddling two worlds
Please note, these are generalities. Certainly, not all immigrants face these same issues. As I mentioned earlier, my experiences have been with Mexican immigrants living in poverty.
How to Really Serve a Community
It begins with listening
It may include messy, uncomfortable conversations about someone's need. It may force us to visit a dangerous neighborhood or discuss touchy topics like poverty.
The Unique Church Alliance That's Bringing Love to At-Risk Kids
How two Houston pastors united their congregations to better serve their city.
wealthy multi-site church with as many as 72,000 members, while Dixon is middle aged, African American, and leads a 3,000-member church in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
still lives in Aurora, working as executive director of A Future and A Hope Foundation, a local nonprofit that equips urban communities to address “issues of poverty, violence reduction
Andy Crouch: All Flourishing Requires Risk
Are you an image bearer, or are you in poverty, safety or idolatry?
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On Not Getting Killed
I have a lot to learn about Jesus’ kind of love
was a call to safety. The disciples followed him into danger, prison, shipwreck, hunger, poverty, and beheading. They followed him into amphitheatres
3 Temptations of Leadership: Envy
It’s just one of the respectable sins we find easy to hide while it poisons us
The issue here is not poverty; rather, it's a matter of so badly yearning for what others have that without it, we feel inferior. Their success, or perceived success, makes us miserable.
The Church and the Huddled Masses
Throughout US history, the church has had a complicated relationship with the "homeless, tempest-tost" looking for a better life.
US citizens or other immigrants. They are more likely to be employed than either group, and a smaller share are living in poverty. In 2009, Anh “Joseph
What I Wish I Had Known about Stewardship
Five insights that changed my awkward relationship with this core part of the Christian life and church ministry.
this same concept when challenging the early Macedonian church: “I am not commanding you, but want to test the sincerity of your love.” Generosity, even amidst poverty, reveals our