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The Spirituality of Slowing Down and Shutting Up
How do you connect with God in a society of perpetual noise and busyness?
In silence and slowing down we learn that we will survive, indeed thrive, as we cease activity. We gain the trust to take a break from our work and stop
For Every Minister Who Struggles With Your Prayer Life
Real prayer is about relationship. And relationships are hard. Even (especially?) with God.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Real prayer is about relationship. And relationships are hard. Even (especially?) with God.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
We introduced calling to our culture. The church workplace should be the pinnacle of organizational spirituality. It exists to advance the Spirit's work of forming people in Jesus Christ.
When Pastors Pray, Part 2
God called me to minister to desperate ministers
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This appears to portray the great spirituality of the pastor, but in actuality it shows the reasons for the dissatisfaction with their prayer life and the breeding ground for pastoral burnout.
Learning to Love the Church
When I became a pastor I didn't like much about the complexities of community in general and of a holy community in particular.
spiritualities. Self-spirituality has become the hallmark of our age. The spirituality of Me. A spirituality of self-centering, self-sufficiency, and self-development.
When Loving Your Sheep Hurts
How I found healing after betrayal in ministry
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I believe that many believers put on masks as I did. We learn to “do church.” We follow the rules of perceived spirituality and do what it takes to get our jobs done.
Why the Next Great Move of God Will Make Church People Uncomfortable
How will we know when the next great move of God happens? Because it will be felt outside the church, too.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
How will we know when the next great move of God happens? Because it will be felt outside the church, too.
Guard Your Study Time with a Blowtorch
…and other strategies for becoming a Pastor Theologian.
theology. Todd took this advice to heart several years ago and began reading Jonathan Edwards's masterwork on Christian spirituality, Religious Affections.
Let the Gospel Be Slow
Recognize how impatience hurts your leadership
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will pop up. Upon close inspection, many of them belie the human tendency to want bigger, better, faster. Even in our spirituality. A pastor recently received
The Road to Emotional Health
How transforming your unhealthy interior transforms your leadership.
The notion of a slowed-down spirituality—or slowed-down leadership—in which their doing for Jesus flows out of their being with Jesus is a foreign concept.
The Lord's Supper Is a Rehearsal Dinner
When we partake in communion, we're practicing for something big.
Apparently, Jesus wants his disciples to be prepared for the party to come. Yes, the Eucharist is the covenant meal the Lord gave us to remember his
The Essential First Step to Having a Healthy Small Church
The biggest problem with small churches is not that they’re small. It’s that we think being small is a problem. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The biggest problem with small churches is not that they're small. It's that we think being small is a problem.
5 Lies Pastors are Tempted to Tell – And How to Resist Them
No one wants bad news. So we're tempted to downplay the negatives, up-sell the positives and call it faith.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
So we're tempted to lie about it. To ourselves and others. We present ourselves as paragons of spirituality and virtue. And by doing so we set ourselves up for failure.
Why an Unfriendly Small Church Is Worse than an Unfriendly Big Church
Walking into a small church for the first time can be an act of great vulnerability.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Walking into a small church for the first time can be an act of great vulnerability.
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.
The Glorious Inefficiency of a Healthy Small Church
A worship service can be conducted efficiently, but worship can't. It requires time to ponder, reflect and celebrate.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
A worship service can be conducted efficiently, but worship can't. It requires time to ponder, reflect and celebrate.
The Raw Beauty of Giving God Our Second Best
Sometimes ‘God deserves our best’ can serve as a cover for our pride. God also wants our second best. And our worst. And everything in between.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Sometimes 'God deserves our best' can serve as a cover for our pride. God also wants our second best. And our worst. And everything in between.
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
Merely being in the presence of true joy sanctifies the soul and points us to God. There is a lush and laughing human spirituality to a truly joyful heart.
Church Members Don't Want a Hero, They Want a Pastor
According to an informal poll, church members' expectations for their pastors are healthier and more balanced than you might think.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
According to an informal poll, church members' expectations for their pastors are healthier and more balanced than you might think.
Innovative Churches Do This – Imitators Miss It
Don't copy the churches you admire. Learn from their principles. Then extend them into places that only your church can go.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Don't copy the churches you admire. Learn from their principles. Then extend them into places that only your church can go.
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