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Break Your Day into Thirds
A creative way to avoid burnout in ministry - Article
another five hours. Likewise, if I had early morning prayer meetings or pancake breakfasts, I would try my hardest not to schedule evening meetings. I knew
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.
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Instead of putting out human-sized fires, I committed to helping start a God-sized fire through prayer, evangelism, and discipleship. This led to a change in my leadership style, too.
How Do I Take a Prayer Retreat?
9 key questions answered to help you meet with God.
Many people feel that way, but most finish a prayer retreat thinking, “I wish I'd had more time." For your first retreat, try 2 hours or 4 hours. Then try a full day, from 8am to 5pm.
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.
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.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
Archbishop Anthony Bloom describes a kind of mindfulness when he urges beginners at prayer to establish themselves in the present. Bloom explains,.
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
unfairly harsh and critical. So our big church brothers and sisters need our prayer and support, not our jealousy and criticism. But there's an interesting
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.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. - Article
Parents who felt uncomfortable praying with their children now take the prayer and study methods they learned in group back home to lead their kids in family devotions.
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
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.
Church Turnaround Is An Attitude, Not An Event
Turnarounds require rebuilding of broken trust, reestablishing of eternal principles and repairing of damaged relationships.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
People heal slowly. People's schedules don't need to be changed. Their hearts need to be renewed. It starts with prayer and care. But those are slow processes.
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
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
commit to reading a biblical text each day and to answering the question, “How does this speak to me?” Some groups have migrated to Facebook, where they share prayer requests and
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
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
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