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When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team. - Article
20 years. Our structure includes a teaching time followed by discussion groups. As By the time she finally finished, I was beside myself. As I struggled
Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission. - Article
seriously. I was angry, hurt, and confused all at the same time. angrier. The whole process was a waste of time and energy and didn't serve to better me in any way.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
home. I felt safe there, and I could start being myself for the first time in a long time. responsibilities. This required me to spend more time around adults.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
Not only do you lose that time, but there's also a small severing of relationship. That's not easy to do, but you'll feel it when you do it, and it will be easier next time.
Self-Control for the Sake of Ministry
What does it mean to say “no” to ourselves on behalf of those we serve and influence? - Article
I feel unqualified and doubtful most of the time. Truth is, life can be daunting and lonely for anyone, especially at a time with a great deal of uncertainty and social anxiety.
Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry. - Article
And every once in a while I like to read or catch up with my favorite show. I simply don't have the time or energy to become everything to everyone. But I don't have to.
Band of Sisters
How I moved from a lone ranger to intentionally amplifying the work of other women leaders - Article
In seminary, I met other women who were pursuing similar goals. Most of the time, we were friendly and supportive of one another. But there were also times where I sensed tension.
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry
9 steps to set healthy limits - Article
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry. Setting and sticking to boundaries, however, is essential when there's no way you can possibly fulfill all your responsibilities in the time you have.
Feeling Anonymous in Ministry
The power of being seen, recognized, and named. - Article
And then I hid. Because that's what you do when you're a tomboy at a tea party. The time finally arrived for the pictures to be taken, and I was nowhere to be found. “Dori?
The 3 Best Times to Bring Needed Change to a Church
Healthy churches are always looking for ways to make good things better. They don’t wait for something to break before they fix it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Sometimes we make our job harder than it needs to be, not by doing the wrong things, but by doing the right things at the wrong time. Solomon said it
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor. - Article
with my husband. I planned out more hours for writing. I suddenly had a clean house all the time. It was my time. I could have nice things. Then our lead
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry. - Article
again. During this time, a friend connected Bantum to a young man with a “listening and understanding ear,” whose father had passed a year prior. Their
When Others Question Your Leadership
Parents in my children’s ministry questioned my authority because I wasn’t a mom. - Article
Over time, I started to resent parents who assumed this about me, but I knew that would only hinder building a relationship with them, so I worked to release that resentment.
How to Prepare for Speaking at a Conference
What I’ve learned from 15 years of speaking at various events. - Article
pan out. I spent the weekend stressed out, working long hours, and sleeping little, leaving little time to connect with the women at the conference. I vowed
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps - Article
There was the time when I organized an end-of-the-year celebratory dinner for 80 people and forgot to assign someone to bring plates and utensils.
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you - Article
After setting up a time to touch base over the phone, I dial the number of a potential new counseling client with great anticipation for the conversation at hand.
Front-Load the Value: Creating a Better Experience for First-Time Church Guests
Is your church service putting your worst foot forward instead of your best? Here's a simple way to reverse that.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Innovative MinistryJanuary 26, 2017. Front-Load the Value: Creating a Better Experience for First-Time Church Guests And how long does it take a first-time guest to experience it?
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder. - Article
And my guess is that you've experienced this, too. Born in Richmond, California, Robinson grew up in the church, but met God for the first time as a pregnant 15-year-old.
The Problem with Being an Authentic Leader
The delicate balance of authenticity and confidentiality in leadership. - Article
When I served as a hospital chaplain, I often had to place my own emotions aside to best serve the families and staff at the proper time. This is an example of strategic authenticity.
What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work. - Article
She suspects one reason burnout has become such a big issue among ministers is that pastors are spending too much time with their congregations and not enough time being with
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