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Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep. - Article
Declining church growth, unsupportive staff, balancing ministry and family priorities, criticism, financial challenges, and unreasonable demands of the congregation can keep the pastor
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor. - Article
1. Hold Tight to Priorities. To do this, they are very clear about their top priorities in life and work, and won't be waylaid by the priorities and values of others.
Ministry as a Young Mom
3 ways to minister well as you adjust to a new normal - Article
While this may frustrate my best friend who frequently texts me and eagerly wants me to respond, it has forced me to create boundaries that reinforce my priorities when I am at home.
6 Ways To Leverage Your Church's Limited Resources For Greater Ministry Impact
Every church needs a plan that helps decide which needs they’ll respond to and which ones they won’t. This isn’t easy, but it’s important.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Sometimes a church's priorities will be based on the severity of the need, but we also should make some of those decisions based on which needs we can make the biggest difference in
When a Minister Can't Manage
Ways for church leaders to respond. - Article
Talk first about what fuels them. They're savvy; they know management is part of the gig, but make sure they know you understand their priorities. It's
Is Having It All Worth Having?
Three practices that help me focus on what matters. - Article
That season has passed and my kids no longer need this from me. My current priorities require a different allocation of my limited resources of time and energy.
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
And before you go to your device, have ready at least a three-item list of priorities for the day. Limiting how often you check email keeps you out of reactive mode.
Say Goodbye to Leadership Overload
And say hello to the right priorities - Article
Say Goodbye to Leadership Overload. And say hello to the right priorities. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print. Jethro suggested three new priorities.
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.
Why It's A Bad Idea To Run A Church Like A Business
Anyone can own and run a business. But Jesus owns the church. So he gets to say how it should be run.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
And when we do that, bad things happen. Our energy gets diluted, our priorities get twisted and our focus gets blurred. As pastors, we must always remember we are stewards.
Pastor Education Expenses • Push Small Groups • Team Consistency: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
Your calendar is all back-to-back meetings, with no time to focus on yourself or your critical priorities". ("Signs That You're Being a Pushover," by Amy Jen Su,
Screening Benevolence • Leading Vs. Managing • No 'Know-It-Alls': Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
Not having a predictable check-in schedule can lead to mistakes—that you'll have to fix later—or a decrease in productivity because people are unclear about their priorities.
Why Some Great Churches Never Impact Their Community
Your church has the world's greatest treasure. Don’t hide it behind layers of misdirection and insider lingo, daring people to find it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Your church has the world's greatest treasure. Don't hide it behind layers of misdirection and insider lingo, daring people to find it.
Married, Spiritually Single, and Called to Lead
Managing tension between marriage and ministry - Article
ministry is hard. Navigating competing values and priorities, cross-gender relationships, and loneliness can be frustrating and discouraging. But if you
Reporting Ministers' Taxes • Offenders Target Churches • The Consistent Leader: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
track of every single task. You could also break it down by short-term, long-term, and urgent tasks, or by high, medium, and low priorities. If you're a pen
Why Churches Change Their Names
Here are six reasons churches take on a new name - Article
The most common church name in the United States is “First Baptist.” When church members originally chose that name, they had two priorities to communicate.
6 Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches
Insights from a church secret shopper.
Churches that prioritize hospitality post clear and plentiful signage. Their signs use plain language, not insider jargon. People don't know what “Refuge
Is Giving to Churches Up or Down?
New Christianity Today survey offers much-needed perspective on giving trends - Article
This past spring, Christianity Today surveyed churches nationwide about their budget priorities. The results will be released in an executive report this summer.
How Churches Spend Their Money - Article
For more details of the results of the nationwide 2014 Church Budget Priorities Study, read the August issue of Church Finance Today and see the downloadable resource "How
Staff Compensation Consumes a Major Portion of Large Church Budgets
New finding closely mirrors Christianity Today's church budget study. - Article
This finding closely mirrors Christianity Today's 2014 Church Budget Priorities Study in which churches ranging in size from 200 to 1,000 or more gave an average of 47 percent to salary
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