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5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith - Article
She did not lose heart. She continued to serve the Lord no matter what she faced. She organized gatherings for testimonies, discipleship, and prayer.
Why Doesn’t God Answer All My Prayers? Because Some of Them are Stupid
We need to become better pray-ers. But how? Offer prayers God has already said he’ll answer.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I know. I've prayed some. Jesus introduced the Lord's Prayer by telling the disciples not to pray stupid prayers. (This post only answers one side of the unanswered prayer issue.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community. - Article
God's own supply. Along with prayer, there are several practical things we can do for the immigrant next door. Practical Soul Needs. “People migrate with
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.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
Now we schedule monthly all-staff times of worship, quarterly all-staff prayer days, and annual staff spiritual retreats. Additionally, some of our ministry
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use - Article
plans. 2. Cherish your relationship with God. Spending intimate time with God is invaluable and indispensible. Prayer must be a priority. Be Spirit-led.
How Do I Take a Prayer Retreat?
9 key questions answered to help you meet with God.
The Extra Job in My Head
How to take a mental break when your mind is filled with reminders of your to-do list - Article
The Extra Job in My Head. How to take a mental break when your mind is filled with reminders of your to-do list. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print.
Called to Ministry? Start Here.
Five steps to become a healthy minister - Article
Spiritual practices like prayer, silence, solitude, intentional community, and time spent in God's Word will strengthen your resources and surround you with the armor of God.
When Calling Causes Conflict
Many women face opposition in their calling—whether overt, covert, or internal. - Article
When doubt creeps in, it handicaps me. Rather than leading a prayer time with full confidence that God will back me, I become tentative and preface my prayers with caveats.
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've learned to pastor more effectively by managing my time and sensory resources, maximizing my prayer and sermon preparation time, and leveraging the aspects of my autism that
How to Minister to People Who Don’t Like You
Eight tips to love the hard-to-love. - Article
Within 18 months, we were able to erect a church building. The leadership of the church and I worked hard to make sure the church was healthy. The cornerstone was prayer.
Charleston and the Resilience of Wednesday Night Church
A year later, the mid-week prayer meeting is more important than ever.
Says my current pastor, the Reverend Dr. Timothy E. Tyler at Denver's Shorter Community AME Church: “The mid-week prayer meeting was always a very intimate atmosphere—a place
Planting Disciple-Making Churches in the City
What does it take to grow healthy congregations in this hostile environment?
What are some of the challenges of planting churches in urban contexts? Lewis: Urban environments are typically younger and full of students and entrepreneurs
Ladies Who Lunch—with Men
Do your coworkers follow the Billy Graham Rule? - Article
woman alone. Graham has done his best to avoid solo encounters with females—whether over lunch, prayer, dinner, a meeting, or any other occasion. He
Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy
In four years of pastoral ministry, I’ve had to preach through four national tragedies. - Article
Only last year, I preached a message of love after a man walked into a prayer service at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot and
Bravely Live Out Your Calling
Joan of Arc is a prophetic witness for us all. - Article
During this time, women who wanted to follow Christ typically joined a cloister and devoted themselves to the humble and largely unseen work of prayer and service.
Influence Across Gender Lines
Catherine of Siena is an unlikely example of bold leadership. - Article
Catherine's vision launched her into a lifetime devoted to prayer and meditation, and she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic (“third order” meant she was a layperson).
Passion Is Not Enough
Why you need a clear vision and mission for your ministry - Article
Instead, spend time in prayer and planning with God to determine where he'd like to take your church or ministry. Rather it has to be birthed through prayer.
God Calls All Women
But we don’t all have the same calling. - Article
generations. His will is big enough to include young girls like Rhoda, who commit themselves to prayer, and virgins like Mary, the young mother of Jesus.
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