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Counseling Others When You Have Your Own "Me Too" Story
How to walk alongside sexual assault victims when you’ve been a victim yourself - Article
As “me too” leaders venture into this redeeming work, here are some pitfalls we need God's wisdom to avoid: You'll need to continue doing the work of healing on your own.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
When you are tempted to give up, I encourage you to remember not only the past but also the future, where the significance of your life's work, which may seem so small, will be
Don’t Try To Be Successful, Try To Do Good Work
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they’ll always have a healthy ministry.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Don't try to be successful. Try to do good work. Not people-pleasing work, God-honoring work; Not self-promoting work, Christ- magnifying work; Good Work As Its Own Reward.
Changing the Conversation about Holiness
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God - Article
If you're not familiar with Jess Connolly's name, you may be familiar with her work. Amy Jackson: What is your calling, and how has that molded your work and what you say “yes” to?
When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing. - Article
period. Still, her words haunted me. I didn't trust my own leadership abilities, just as I didn't trust that God in me could do a mighty work through me. I cried
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing. - Article
The pain becomes so great we resort back to what didn't work before, hoping for a different result. The Bible tells us that “as a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Prov.
How to Finish 2017 Strong
Get a head start on year-end tasks. - Article
Tax Guide. Thank your staff for all they've done this year. Make sure your staff feels appreciated for all the work they've done this year. Show your appreciation
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change - Article
After a brief time wrestling with the decision, I applied, thinking, Well, I guess when I finish in a few years, I will…go work for a church? 1. Your work history is an asset for ministry.
8 Guidelines for Ministering to Men
A nuanced alternative to the Billy Graham Rule that views men—and ourselves—first as being in the image of God. - Article
Work-life balance is hard, and relationships suffer when we don't give quality—and quantity—time to the ones we love. Infidelity doesn't just “happen” when we get into a car with a man.
Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Too many pastors suffer from PCM. Punch-the-clock mentality. And if you don't, you may be struggling to work with church leaders who do. Every work day they punch in and punch out.
Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
And how to find which ones don't need to be presented. - Article
still important. My goal is certainly not to diminish the good, hard work that committees perform for any well-functioning organization. Sometimes active
Break Your Day into Thirds
A creative way to avoid burnout in ministry - Article
Otherwise, it's too easy to work yourself into the ground, as I had already begun to do. Then, I could easily return to work at 5 pm, ready to go for another five hours.
Ally or Adversary?
Relationships between female leaders are often marked by competition and contempt. It doesn't have to be this way. - Article
ages, classes, ethnicities, and religions. Of those surveyed, 90 percent said their primary rivalry at work is with women, not men. In fact, multiple studies
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
It exists to advance the Spirit's work of forming people in Jesus Christ. Therefore, church staff members should experience and display a clear sense of meaning in their work.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
Out of that discussion, they formed a group called COMPASIO. It is composed of volunteers from the class who work together to address individual classmate's problems.
3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks. - Article
struggling co-pastors some guidance. These three tips work for any co-pastoring duo, whether or not you're married: Read as Single Page Page:123|Next.
How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation
Practical ways to care for the wounded.
Consider the world through the eyes of an abuse survivor and work to keep their confidence. As survivors work through deep spiritual questions, allow space for those questions.
Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep. - Article
to these many reasons that could contribute to sleep deprivation, women in ministry often have to deal with gender bias, which can cause stress, emotional turmoil, and additional work.
3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage. - Article
Here's why: 1. Not all possibilities are good. Not all ideas are sound. Caught up in the thrill of momentum, we can begin to believe that every idea will work and that no possibility is bad.
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter - Article
I knew I wanted to do something that would bring change, but didn't know what that entailed. I was at a Christ in Youth conference where they were talking about kingdom work.
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