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Winter : Conflict

Volume 14
Winter

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In this Issue
FROM THE EDITORSSubscriber Access Only
While agreement is wonderful, sometimes conflict is better than consensus.
Standing in the Crossfire
Standing in the CrossfireSubscriber Access Only
An interview with Bill Hybels
WHEN'S IT'S A SIN TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESSSubscriber Access Only
Sometimes it's wrong to take the blame.
A WOUNDED PASTOR'S RESCUESubscriber Access Only
How one near-casualty was saved and returned to ministry.
THE LANDMARK SERMONSubscriber Access Only
A clear word at the right time can keep the church from getting separated.
ANIMAL INSTINCTSSubscriber Access Only
Five ways church members will react in a fight.
WARS YOU CAN'T WINSubscriber Access Only
Facing determined guerilla forces may be a no-win situation.
WAYS TO SHAKE OFF THE DUSTSubscriber Access Only
Steps to putting a forced farewell behind you.
THE CONCILIATION CAVALRYSubscriber Access Only
When things look hopeless, you can call in outside help.
WHEN NOT TO CONFRONTSubscriber Access Only
Sometimes conflict is better left alone.
ARE PASTORS ABUSED?Subscriber Access Only
Criticism comes with the territory, but sometimes it crosses the line.
A POWERFUL PRESENCESubscriber Access Only
How to provide what the sick and dying need most.
CARING FOR THE CONFUSEDSubscriber Access Only
The oft-forgotten ministry to those with Alzheimer's.
SAINTWATCHINGSubscriber Access Only
With patience and a sharp eye, you can spot them in the wild.
COMEBACKSubscriber Access Only
A sense of calling returns from the disabled list.
CONTENDING FOR THE TRUTH...IN CHURCH PUBLICITYSubscriber Access Only
When you tell others about your church, is honesty the best policy?
SUCCEEDING A PATRIARCHSubscriber Access Only
How to perform when you have a tough act to follow.
WRAPPING UP A LONG PASTORATESubscriber Access Only
Announcing your retirement early has its advantages.
A Pastor's Quarrel with God
In ministry, you sometimes find yourself questioning God's grand scheme.
THE BACK PAGESubscriber Access Only
Preachers and listeners perform a dance of the spirit, and sometimes Someone Else cuts in.
FROM THE EDITORSSubscriber Access Only
Developing spiritual fruit requires being around people--ordinary, ornery people.
DIAGNOSING YOUR HEART CONDITIONSubscriber Access Only
A Leadership Forum probes the vital signs of spiritual fitness.
THE QUEST FOR CONTENTMENTSubscriber Access Only
How come restlessness pursues us even to paradise?
HOW PASTORS PRACTICE THE PRESENCESubscriber Access Only
A Leadership Survey sizes up church leaders spiritual growth.
TESTS OF A LEADER’S CHARACTERSubscriber Access Only
Spiritual Direction for today from a thirteenth-century saint.
PRACTICING THE ORIGINAL PASSIONSubscriber Access Only
Different ways to observe the Christian discipline of prayer.
THE JOY OF INEFFICIENT PRAYERSubscriber Access Only
Conversations with God can wander into wonder.
HIDDEN EFFICIENCIES OF PRAYERSubscriber Access Only
Four ways that prayer is productive.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Undisciplined
Spiritual Disciplines for the Undisciplined
Seeking God with our own temperamental prayers—an interview with Charles Killian.
CULTIVATING CLOSENESSSubscriber Access Only
Above all else, pastors need fresh and frequent experiences of God's presence.
KEEPING CONNECTED TO SPIRITUAL POWERSubscriber Access Only
An interview with Jim Cymbala.
BUSTING OUT OF SERMON BLOCKSubscriber Access Only
Having to speak doesn't always mean you have something to say.
DANCING WITH DEFEATSubscriber Access Only
Everyone stumbles. The graceful regain their balance.
THE PREVENT DEFENSESubscriber Access Only
ICONS EVERY PASTOR NEEDSSubscriber Access Only
Six ways to remember your value.
WHY WON’T I PRAY WITH MY WIFE?Subscriber Access Only
Breaking the barriers to spiritual intimacy.
BENEFITS OF AN INTENTIONAL INTERIMSubscriber Access Only
An interim pastor can turn a church with problems into a church ready for progress
PASTORING STRONG-WILLED PEOPLESubscriber Access Only
How do you follow the Lamb when you're shepherding lions?
MINISTERIAL BUNIONSSubscriber Access Only
What do you become when ministry rubs the wrong way? Toug? Or tender?
THE BACK PAGESubscriber Access Only
I continually have to monitor my spiritual life. How much of it is form without substance?
FROM THE EDITORSSubscriber Access Only
You rarely hit creativity by aiming at it directly. You have to point at a larger, more substantial target.
CLASSIC CREATIVITYSubscriber Access Only
Bringing color and fragrance to historic church is what you'd expect from a pastor named Rose.
THE CUTTING-EDGE TRADITIONAL CHURCHSubscriber Access Only
Some forms of next century's church may be remarkably familiar.
CAN YOU TEACH AN OLD CHURCH NEW TRICKS?Subscriber Access Only
Even traditional churches can gain a healthy flexibility.
WEIGHING THOSE WEDDING INNOVATIONSSubscriber Access Only
What some couples want in a ceremony borders on bizarre.
THE WELL-FED IMAGINATIONSubscriber Access Only
How to be your own best think tank.
RAISING YOUR CREATIVITY QUOTIENTSubscriber Access Only
A few good habits can improve the quality of your ideas
LET THERE BE WIT & WISDOM, WEEKLYSubscriber Access Only
After six days, God's creation was done. But for pastors…
ADDING BREADTH AND DEPTHSubscriber Access Only
Sermons grow stronger by wrapping your mind around big ideas
Handing Your Baby to BarbariansSubscriber Access Only
Why your brightest ideas aren't always warmly embraced.
WHAT’S DRAMA DOING IN CHURCH?Subscriber Access Only
Willow Creek's Steve Pederson describes how Broadway fits the Narrow Way.
GREAT EXPECTATIONSSubscriber Access Only
Case Study: The Entrenched and Ineffective WorkerSubscriber Access Only
Six creative approaches to an awkward pastoral dilemma.
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE A FOREIGNERSubscriber Access Only
Trying to fit into a new church can give you culture shock.
The Unique Network of a Small ChurchSubscriber Access Only
Learning to communicate in ways a congregation expects.
REKINDLING VISION IN AN ESTABLISHED CHURCHSubscriber Access Only
The Prophet Joel said old men would dream dreams. What about old congregations?
CLOSE UPSubscriber Access Only
NEW AND NOTEWORTHYSubscriber Access Only
A STRUCTURE RUNS THROUGH ITSubscriber Access Only
Contemporary worship that flows is flexible, but it isn't random.
A MODEL WORSHIP SETSubscriber Access Only
REVERSING CHURCH DECLINESubscriber Access Only
How to regain morale and momentum, if you're so inclined.
A GREAT PLAINS MINISTRYSubscriber Access Only
Doing God's work in windswept places.
GOING TO YOUR LEFTSubscriber Access Only
Pastoral ministry demands more than playing to your strengths.
SQUEEZE PLAY AT HOMESubscriber Access Only
One pastor's toughest call.
BUILDING YOUR ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMYSubscriber Access Only
When church workers resist the draft, start enlisting them.
A CLEARER CALL FOR COMMITMENTSubscriber Access Only
To win support for ministry requires the right attitude
REGARDING RESULTSSubscriber Access Only
In the ministerial box score, which stats really matter?
THE BACK PAGESubscriber Access Only
It's a mistake to preach out of dogma or doctrine without freshly seeing where the gospel is occurring.
FROM THE EDITORSSubscriber Access Only
While some may thrive on heated confrontation, most of us long for a calmer, more compassionate means of resolving differences.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOWSubscriber Access Only
Seven leaders identify ministry's most strategic points.
THE LEGAL LANDSCAPESubscriber Access Only
Some of the new lasws that impact ministry.
UNLIKELY ALLIESSubscriber Access Only
If you can't fight city hall, join forces.
WHEN TO SPEAK IN PUBLICSubscriber Access Only
Five questions to ask before speaking in a secular situation.
THE SLY SABOTEURSubscriber Access Only
How to arrest ministry's nemesis, Procrastination.
TIME TRACKINGSubscriber Access Only
A workable way to answer the question What did you do this week?
HEART TO HEART PREACHINGSubscriber Access Only
How to tap authentic emotions, both yours and the listeners'.
How to Spend the Day in PrayerSubscriber Access Only
A day alone with God may be your most important appointment.
STORIES FOR THOSE WHO MOURNSubscriber Access Only
Personal memories can salve death's sting.
WIRING YOURSELF FOR LIGHTNINGSubscriber Access Only
When you're the church lightning rod, you have to be well grounded.
GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD PASTORSSubscriber Access Only
Boundaries can lengthen and strengthen your ministry.
THE TOP-10 “LAST WORDS IN YOUR CHURCH”Subscriber Access Only
Pastoral lines you may not be around long enough to regret.
WHEN YOUR CHILDREN PAY THE PRICESubscriber Access Only
How one pastor's family withstood the trauma of sexual abuse in the church.
BAPTISM IN A COFFINSubscriber Access Only
Can pardon be freely given for the worst offense?
BREAKING THE GRUMBLERS’ GRIPSubscriber Access Only
How to respond (and not respond) to chronic complainers.
THE HIGH-TURNOVER SMALL CHURCHSubscriber Access Only
Sometimes it feels like this isn't a congregation but a bus depot.
WHEN YOU TAKE A PUBLIC STANDSubscriber Access Only
How one pastor calculated the costs of addressing abortion.
THE TIGHTER ZONING DEFENSESSubscriber Access Only
A new legal landscape faces churches that want to build.
ZONED OUTSubscriber Access Only
These days it takes something extra to get a building permit.
MAKING PEACE IN A WAR ZONESubscriber Access Only
The persistent creativity required to find a place to worship.
THE BACK PAGESubscriber Access Only
Loneliness is an unavoidable by-product of a culture that believes individual rights are more important than community.
10 Reasons Not to Resign
10 Reasons Not to Resign
How one pastor kept himself from bailing out.
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