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What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work. - Article
skills and caring for your soul.” This idea of “soul care” simply means attending to one's own spiritual life and doing what is necessary to foster one's own spiritual health and growth.
6 Ways to Avoid Conflict with Your Elder or Deacon Board in 2018
How to excel at teamwork and unify your church board.
Most pastors are committed to personal growth. Most spend hours reading, praying, and studying in an unending quest for spiritual and professional growth.
Walking in Billy’s Shoes
John Ortberg offers 6 lessons evangelical organizations can learn from Billy Graham and his team.
For more than half a century, the most familiar voice in American spiritual life belonged to an appetite for what Wallace Stegner once called an “explosion of growth.” Organizations often
Your Church Can Be a Refuge
4 steps to provide a calm, safe harbor of connection.
the first place. We began to experience growth and results far beyond any goal we would have had the spiritual hubris to set. Intentionally living out our
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
This is the only way to develop Christians who can cultivate their relationship with God independently, through Bible study, prayer, and spiritual disciplines.
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
Spiritual formation focuses on the internal aspects of faith, such as the fruit of the Spirit and prayer Degreed education still has value, but lifelong growth and learning is equally important
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
When they encountered the challenges of working on a church staff, they were unprepared to deal with the loss of several essential components in their spiritual growth.
Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity - Article
like him understand above all, giving and generosity are part of spiritual formation. Discovery launched three multi-site venues and experienced a season of unprecedented growth.
Only In a Small Church: Face Time With the Pastor
The disadvantages of a small church are regularly outweighed by the privilege we have of discipling people on a more personal level.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
So they hire staff and set up systems to meet those needs in other ways. That's a fine alternative for a lot of churchgoers and their spiritual growth. But it doesn't work for everyone.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
Ministry success leads to busyness, which leads to pastors neglecting their spiritual armor. 7. Ministry growth can lead to an unhappy spouse at home.
7 Tips for Developing a Funding Plan
Ways to encourage generosity at your church. - Article
Paying off our debt was the main way we freed up funds to fully staff for greater effectiveness and growth. 5. Treat stewardship as a spiritual discipline.
Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
Why people should hear us talk more about generosity. - Article
Though this topic is essential to spiritual growth and formation, pastors avoid preaching about it, sometimes because of fear. As a Christian culture, we
Effective Church Leaders Do Not Treat Everyone Equally
If you don't decide whose opinions carry the greatest weight, the loudest voices will win and your ministry will be reactive, not proactive.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Their advice carries the greatest weight. But the priority is given to their spiritual growth first, their years in the church second. 2. Those Involved In a Ministry.
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible
I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. - Article
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible. I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
Why Don’t Small Churches Grow? (Actually, They Do)
The presumption that small churches don’t grow is false. Some grow numerically. Most grow spiritually. Many grow in both ways.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Just because a church doesn't have more butts in the seats than it had last year, doesn't mean it isn't contributing to the growth of the kingdom of God, to the spiritual growth of its
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
“The whole point of listening is that you are given things you would never come up with on your own,” says Paul Pastor, author of The Listening Day and deacon of spiritual formation at
Getting Unstuck: Innovative Small Churches Find Alternatives, Not Excuses
Problems don’t become excuses when we say “we can’t do it that way.” They become excuses when we say “we can’t do it any other way, either.”
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Spiritual, social, financial, emotional and more. heads) if that wonderful, complex, multi-faceted organism called the local church isn't keeping pace with expected numerical growth rates
The Event Matters: How Going To Church Helps Us Be The Church
For almost 2,000 years, Christians haven’t just been the church, we’ve gathered for the event of church. Because the event matters.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For almost 2000 years, Christians haven't just been the church, we've gathered for the event of church. Because the event matters.
Quit Telling Pastors We Have to Stop Pastoring to Have a Successful Church
Great churches don't need spiritual enablers or high-achieving CEOs. They need equipping pastors.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
That may be the most pervasive principle being taught in church growth books, blogs and seminars today. We need to pastor better. Be a Pastor, Not a Spiritual Enabler.
How To Work With People Who Aren’t As Committed To The Church As You Are
Help them find a ministry that matches their current level of commitment and stretches them just a little bit beyond.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Certainly, that commitment should always have a built-in stretch factor. It's not leadership (from you) or growth (for them) if they stay where they are. But
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