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Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
ministry is hard. Navigating competing values and priorities, cross-gender relationships, and loneliness can be frustrating and discouraging. But if you
Why Churches Change Their Names
Here are six reasons churches take on a new name
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
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
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