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...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés
Be careful that you don’t find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Be careful that you don't find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
How to Spot Rising Women Leaders
If we want to see more women leaders in the church, we need to look for them.
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We are nurturers, team builders, collaborators, prayer warriors, and strategists. We bring compassion, tenderness, transparency, vulnerability, encouragement, and wisdom.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 2)
4 unexpected gifts that come with wanting
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hide when I am in trouble?” (Psalm 10:1). Desires and disappointments drove the psalmists to summon God, even shake him by the shoulders, and this risk of transparency moved them
Leaving Your Church the Right Way
The application and hiring process is awkward—so awkward—when you love your current congregation.
4. Get ready for hard work. In our denomination, you need to keep an updated online profile. It takes time to write that, and to do it well. If you are invited
Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches, Part 1
For my group of women leaders, the real challenge was not getting to a place of vulnerability; it was going beyond
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vulnerability; it was going beyond. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print. Vulnerability. Transparency. Authenticity. Words so trail-blazing a
5 Church Administration Issues You Need to Know—But Didn’t Learn in Seminary
From child protection to budgets to property and more, why every pastor needs a working knowledge of management matters.
Success starts with visible, vocal support from the church's pastor, who must champion the church's commitment to foster a culture of safety, care, transparency, and action:
When They're Really Mad at You
How to follow Jesus while dodging bullets.
I learned that fear of angering others must not deter me from long-term progress, and participating with grace and transparency models a value desperately needed in a contentious
Lou Huesmann: Only Part of Your Identity is Work
Work is one fragment of what it means to be human.
My Journey Into Spiritual Direction
Recognizing God's work in your life usually requires a guide.
My director reminded me he was a spiritual companion to help me focus on God and my response to God's work in me. My counselor helped me learn
Standing While Slain
Resilience in ministry requires being open to hurt, for ourselves and for those we care for.
I'd like to gain understanding in the safety of my own room. I want to have all issues resolved before I engage. But that assumes I'm the only one involved.
Pastors in Recovery
Admitting an addiction has its risks ... and real ministry benefits.
When Hoekstra completed treatment, the church invited him back—with stipulations—and he gratefully accepted. He was allowed to preach on a Sunday
Making Change With Zero Body Count
The key is working within the church culture.
Like many of you reading this article, I can walk into an organization and immediately see where the leaks are and diagnose what needs patching. A
‘I Have No Right to Be Here’
… just might be a sign that you’re called to ministry.
I'm glad I had a chance to name these three factors before meeting with Lindsey. It gave me time to recognize the gravitas, the need for reliance on God, and the spiritual forces at work.
10 Ways to Deal with Chronic Complainers In the Church
Small churches can be a magnet for chronic complainers. Here's how to reduce their negative impact - and increase the positive.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small churches can be a magnet for chronic complainers. Here's how to reduce their negative impact - and increase the positive.
When Pastors Doubt
A church’s discomfort with their leader’s doubt won’t change by this Sunday, but denying doubt isn’t the pastor’s only option.
Find someone to confide in. You can't process all your questions in public, on a blog, on Twitter, or with any old church member. But you need someone to process with.
A Theology of Tears
Why do we believe ‘There’s no crying in ministry’?
But the Bible is soaked in tears. And they're cried by all the heroes of our faith. Joseph weeps so loudly that his cries fill the whole household of Pharaoh.
To Share or Not to Share
5 principles for self-disclosing personal information.
More significantly, however, was his invitation to an entire college community (and alumni community via web broadcast) to risk transparency with one another for the hope of a burden
God Lives in the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days
We need more leaders who are willing to say they don't have all the answers
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God Lives in the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days. We need more leaders who are willing to say they don't have all the answers. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2.
My First Sexuality Sermon
Can I keep it biblical and interesting without becoming TOO interesting?
So maybe it's time for a woman's take on sexuality from the pulpit. But what should that be? Is it my place to talk about pornography to the men in my congregation?
The Millennial Man
Rick Dunn on Empowering Millennials
Of course. They wait to see how it plays out. They're jaded—even on the concept of "transparency." My goodness, in our culture everybody claims transparency. It's a buzzword.
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