Displaying 1–20 of 769
Church Turnarounds Are About Direction And Consistency, Not Speed Or Size
It's called a turnaround for a reason. It's more about the direction you’re heading than the speed you’re going.
I was called to help a church turn around from a decade of numerical, emotional, spiritual and missional They're more about the direction you're heading than the speed you're going.
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
Both of my parents are Presbyterian pastors. My father has served primarily in parish ministry, while my mother has served in both parish ministry and spiritual direction.
Bounce Back After Defeat
Every leader faces failure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your ministry.
So why would life be different for God's spiritual armed forces—those of us in ministry? end goal, I focus on God's call for my life, making decisions that keep me heading in that direction.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
was crossing professional lines or bothering someone with my negativity.” Another participant wrote, “I've experienced awesome spiritual growth in the short time I've received direction.
How to Be a Spiritual Mother
We all have a responsibility to guide younger leaders.
Spiritual mothers don't let people stay the way they are either. We push people, not necessarily in the direction we want them to go, but in the direction God is pulling them.
My Journey Into Spiritual Direction
Recognizing God's work in your life usually requires a guide.
Spiritual direction helps me give attention to God. It isn't something I can do well for myself. The process of spiritual direction has encouraged me to explore classic spiritual disciplines.
My Top 10 Resources on Pastoral Care
A seasoned shepherd selects those most helpful for 'the cure of souls.'
Resource #8: Gordon T. Smith, Spiritual Direction. Learning about spiritual direction later in my career has changed the way I pastor. This 96-page book
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor
Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated.
your group is facing, knowing what resources you have, determining what direction to go In spiritual leadership, that means tending your own internal life: your relationship with God, the
How to Figure Out Your Calling
Amy Orr-Ewing says it takes a combination of being proactive and listening for God’s leading.
“In my final year at Oxford,” she says, “Frog and I were praying about my vocation and future direction, and we decided to lay a fleece before the Lord.
Mentoring with Intention
It’s more than just hanging out
spend time together, tell each other about their lives, and encourage each other, but there is no spiritual movement. Intentionality in the relationship allows us to move in this direction.
The Day I Hit the Wall
A simple question led to a life-defining collapse.
Was this a judgment of sorts on the pace and direction of my life and work? Was God forcing me to face unknown weaknesses, questionable motivations, spiritual shallowness?
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
Eventually, by the grace of God and the gentle guidance of a wise spiritual director and couple other voices, the clock went back together—tighter and even better than before.
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
responsibilities at the church, so he could focus on being restored, on his spiritual life, on the church never heard a thing about it because everything was moving in the right direction.
My Trek to Spiritual Sustainability
5 secrets to perseverance—in marriage, ministry, and faith—became clear on this Alpine adventure.
delightful German named Klaus. He was 65 and traveling in the opposite direction of ours, so he knew the route we'd be taking the next day. I lost count
Your Struggling Church Can Turn Around Today – But Greatness Takes Time
If you’re pastoring a church that has or is turning around, here's some great news - and possibly your greatest challenge.
heading downhill for years, it might get into negative territory, until the combination of finances, marriage, spiritual damage and The good news is, now you're facing a different direction.
How Churches Benefit from Co-Pastors
One couple’s story of leaning into their unique gifts and callings as they lead together
The two are clear about their strengths and weaknesses, and when to lead and when to supportively follow the other's direction. The benefits to their church are evident.
Spiritual Direction for Weird People
How do I help someone grow who's not like me?
In churches we often treat people as though spiritual growth was an assembly line. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of observation in giving spiritual guidance. Why?
Word of the Year: Healthy
Is it time to take care of yourself?
Spiritual: Through my time away from the demands of my job, I reconnected with my Creator by establishing new rhythms (for me) like spiritual direction, Sabbath, and silence and