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Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
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“Tell me,” I asked her, “what do people usually do to get close to God?” She was easily able to list the usual spiritual disciplines: read Scripture, pray, go to church.
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
guest by the Superior took precedence over a fast, the quintessential spiritual discipline! spirit, the Superior must put into practice the very ordinary, unglamorous disciplines of hospitality
My Journey Into Spiritual Direction
Recognizing God's work in your life usually requires a guide.
Yet I had not realized its application until our conversation. The process of spiritual direction has encouraged me to explore classic spiritual disciplines.
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves.
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Straight to the Source. Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church
Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader
Serving God and others without going insane.
God to us. Perhaps prayer has become an exhausting round of different kinds of mental activity or a public display of our spiritual prowess. When we
Savor Advent, Feast on Christmas
My family’s new traditions made the season richer
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During Advent my family does this in two ways. First, through spiritual disciplines—meditation and prayer, self-examination and repentance, Scripture reading and discussion.
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
We need to become better pray-ers. But how? Offer prayers God has already said he'll answer.
What Does a Healthy Small Church Look Like?
Numbers can help us understand some things about the health of a church. But they’re not the only thing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Passionate; Theologically sound; Generous; Clear about their identity; Practices the spiritual disciplines; Worshipful; Open to new possibilities; And more. That's a good list!
Why Stories Matter More than Stats In a Small Church
As a church grows larger, statistics matter more than opinions. When a church is smaller, opinions matter more than statistics.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Are people growing in their faith? Are they practicing spiritual disciplines? Are they sharing their faith? Is the church helping them do all of those things better?
11 Ways to Protect Your Spirit from the Demands of Pastoral Ministry
Pastoral ministry can be hazardous to our spiritual health. But it doesn’t need to be.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Pastoral ministry can be hazardous to our spiritual health. But it doesn't need to be. Spiritually, emotionally and physically. Many church-goers engage in too little spiritual output.
Bungee Cord Leadership: Leveraging Tension to Lead a Church Through Change
Tension doesn't have to stress us out. We can use it to our church’s advantage if we follow a few simple principles.
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Tension doesn't have to stress us out. We can use it to our church's advantage if we follow a few simple principles.
Why Growth is Harder In a Small Church – And Change Is Essential
Big churches find it much easier to incorporate new people because the bigger the crowd, the smaller the impact each person has.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Big churches find it much easier to incorporate new people because the bigger the crowd, the smaller the impact each person has.
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible
I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged.
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Bible. I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. integrity. My spiritual heritage also includes hypocrites, legalists, and perfectionists.
From the Small
In the body of Christ, the voices of the small and suffering need to be heard more clearly. By listening more intently.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In the body of Christ, the voices of the small and suffering need to be heard more clearly. By listening more intently.
The Wise Child-King
4 practices for leading with healthy childlikeness.
4 Spiritual Disciplines that Protect Childlikeness. Here are some spiritual disciplines to foster childlikeness. 1. Beware the Lie of Technology and Consumerism.
Hard Job, High Calling
Reports of clergy attrition are often exaggerated, but pastors still face daunting challenges.
Church of Christ minister, is in his eleventh year in the pulpit and said everyone he knows with decades-long careers as pastors follows the same basic spiritual disciplines: first, having
Why I Confessed My Sins to a Jesuit Priest
Even though I’m a Protestant pastor.
There are other elements to the confeitor but if it were just this it would still be beautiful. Make it a choice. Spiritual disciplines are sacred practices people grow into.
5 Massive Changes Coming to Your Church (If They’re Not Here Already)
The good news of Jesus never changes. But the way people receive that news is changing. Fast.
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The good news of Jesus never changes. But the way people receive that news is changing. Fast.
Coasting is Compromise: The Importance of Being a Proactive Church
Adapting to new methods to tell the old, old story may be our greatest defense against unbiblical compromise.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Adapting to new methods to tell the old, old story may be our greatest defense against unbiblical compromise.
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