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Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor.
They feel guilt, shame and anxiety over claiming “I'm worth this.” Successful people know what matters most to them—their priorities, values, concerns, and their mission and purpose.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
Whether we are Mexicans or Americans, Syrians or Egyptians, language, values, and cultural traditions connect, identify, and give us a sense of belonging.
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
You would run a franchise and benefit from their tried-and-true systems. Like guard rails on an overpass, authority structures help pastors stick to the vision and values they hold dear.
Diagnosing and Changing Church Culture
What you need to know about your past to move forward
Founders' Values. The most important source of organizational culture is the beliefs, values, and assumptions of an organization's founders. Learned Values.
How Culture Affects Our Expectations of Leaders
Gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic biases affect how we lead and follow.
followers. It is also anchored in values of hierarchy. These questions go back to issues of culture—not at the level of behavior but at the level of values. There
The Root of Ministry Effectiveness
What every church leader should know about organizational culture
She agreed wholeheartedly with the values communicated during the interview, plus the vision was inspiring. Impressive, she thought. The middle layer consists of espoused values.
How to Get People to Respect Your Leadership
Start by making a believer of yourself.
never say these thoughts to someone you love, and they are rarely, if ever, compatible with what you know to be true about God's love for you and the way he sees and values you, his
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
Because of this, we partnered with a local spiritual director whom our lead pastor and elders had vetted to ensure alignment with our values and beliefs.
You’re Not Always Right
We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible.
We might be surprised to find that some of the values we hold most dearly are often a result of our cultural and childhood upbringing and have very little to do with what the Bible actually
Is Having It All Worth Having?
Three practices that help me focus on what matters.
When we stop judging ourselves by the world's values, we can stop the endless striving for more. God promises to give us all we need for all he has called us to do.
Why I See a Counselor
Counseling helped me discover my dual nature: the put-together leader and the afraid and ashamed woman.
away. This side of me longs for healing, but is afraid and ashamed. Everyone, including myself, responds to, values, and regards the Jairus in me. Who
Three Lessons for Women in Ministry from Catherine Booth
The co-founder of The Salvation Army lived out her calling and left a lasting legacy.
And when she met William Booth in 1851, she found a man who not only shared her values and passions, but also encouraged her to use all the gifts God had given her.
Measuring What Matters: The Challenge of Church Metrics
Accurate church metrics are helpful. But we should never fool ourselves into thinking we can measure the immeasurable.
Since we're unable to measure things of real value, we measure things that are values-adjacent. Since we're unable to measure things of real value, we
Married, Spiritually Single, and Called to Lead
Managing tension between marriage and ministry
ministry is hard. Navigating competing values and priorities, cross-gender relationships, and loneliness can be frustrating and discouraging. But if you
6 Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches
Insights from a church secret shopper.
In a new member's class, attendees hear the vision, values, and beliefs of the church, meet the leadership team, and hear the pastor's heart for reaching their community and the world.
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.
people; Values everyone; Gives the glory to Jesus; Ministers those who are absent; Combines old traditions with new ideas to make new traditions; Follows
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
Christians anxious," said. "But it also creates an opportunity to demonstrate humility and love to those whose values do not align with ours. We can get
What Will Pastors Preach after the Election of Donald Trump?
After a bitter, divisive election, what will the nation's ministers say?
Our diverse church can easily be divided by this election; while some sigh in relief because their contested values may now be upheld, others grieve in despair over the devaluing of
Treat Folks Well
What a bout with cancer taught me about caring for the people I lead.