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Winter : Conflict

Volume 14
Winter

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In this Issue
FROM THE EDITORS
While agreement is wonderful, sometimes conflict is better than consensus.
Standing in the Crossfire
Standing in the Crossfire
An interview with Bill Hybels
WHEN'S IT'S A SIN TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS
Sometimes it's wrong to take the blame.
A WOUNDED PASTOR'S RESCUE
How one near-casualty was saved and returned to ministry.
THE LANDMARK SERMON
A clear word at the right time can keep the church from getting separated.
ANIMAL INSTINCTS
Five ways church members will react in a fight.
WARS YOU CAN'T WIN
Facing determined guerilla forces may be a no-win situation.
WAYS TO SHAKE OFF THE DUST
Steps to putting a forced farewell behind you.
THE CONCILIATION CAVALRY
When things look hopeless, you can call in outside help.
WHEN NOT TO CONFRONT
Sometimes conflict is better left alone.
ARE PASTORS ABUSED?
Criticism comes with the territory, but sometimes it crosses the line.
A POWERFUL PRESENCE
How to provide what the sick and dying need most.
CARING FOR THE CONFUSED
The oft-forgotten ministry to those with Alzheimer's.
SAINTWATCHING
With patience and a sharp eye, you can spot them in the wild.
COMEBACK
A sense of calling returns from the disabled list.
CONTENDING FOR THE TRUTH...IN CHURCH PUBLICITY
When you tell others about your church, is honesty the best policy?
SUCCEEDING A PATRIARCH
How to perform when you have a tough act to follow.
WRAPPING UP A LONG PASTORATE
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 PAGE
Preachers and listeners perform a dance of the spirit, and sometimes Someone Else cuts in.
FROM THE EDITORS
Developing spiritual fruit requires being around people--ordinary, ornery people.
DIAGNOSING YOUR HEART CONDITION
A Leadership Forum probes the vital signs of spiritual fitness.
THE QUEST FOR CONTENTMENT
How come restlessness pursues us even to paradise?
HOW PASTORS PRACTICE THE PRESENCE
A Leadership Survey sizes up church leaders spiritual growth.
TESTS OF A LEADER’S CHARACTER
Spiritual Direction for today from a thirteenth-century saint.
PRACTICING THE ORIGINAL PASSION
Different ways to observe the Christian discipline of prayer.
THE JOY OF INEFFICIENT PRAYER
Conversations with God can wander into wonder.
HIDDEN EFFICIENCIES OF PRAYER
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 CLOSENESS
Above all else, pastors need fresh and frequent experiences of God's presence.
KEEPING CONNECTED TO SPIRITUAL POWER
An interview with Jim Cymbala.
BUSTING OUT OF SERMON BLOCK
Having to speak doesn't always mean you have something to say.
DANCING WITH DEFEAT
Everyone stumbles. The graceful regain their balance.
THE PREVENT DEFENSE
ICONS EVERY PASTOR NEEDS
Six ways to remember your value.
WHY WON’T I PRAY WITH MY WIFE?
Breaking the barriers to spiritual intimacy.
BENEFITS OF AN INTENTIONAL INTERIM
An interim pastor can turn a church with problems into a church ready for progress
PASTORING STRONG-WILLED PEOPLE
How do you follow the Lamb when you're shepherding lions?
MINISTERIAL BUNIONS
What do you become when ministry rubs the wrong way? Toug? Or tender?
THE BACK PAGE
I continually have to monitor my spiritual life. How much of it is form without substance?
FROM THE EDITORS
You rarely hit creativity by aiming at it directly. You have to point at a larger, more substantial target.
CLASSIC CREATIVITY
Bringing color and fragrance to historic church is what you'd expect from a pastor named Rose.
THE CUTTING-EDGE TRADITIONAL CHURCH
Some forms of next century's church may be remarkably familiar.
CAN YOU TEACH AN OLD CHURCH NEW TRICKS?
Even traditional churches can gain a healthy flexibility.
WEIGHING THOSE WEDDING INNOVATIONS
What some couples want in a ceremony borders on bizarre.
THE WELL-FED IMAGINATION
How to be your own best think tank.
RAISING YOUR CREATIVITY QUOTIENT
A few good habits can improve the quality of your ideas
LET THERE BE WIT & WISDOM, WEEKLY
After six days, God's creation was done. But for pastors…
ADDING BREADTH AND DEPTH
Sermons grow stronger by wrapping your mind around big ideas
Handing Your Baby to Barbarians
Why your brightest ideas aren't always warmly embraced.
WHAT’S DRAMA DOING IN CHURCH?
Willow Creek's Steve Pederson describes how Broadway fits the Narrow Way.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Case Study: The Entrenched and Ineffective Worker
Six creative approaches to an awkward pastoral dilemma.
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE A FOREIGNER
Trying to fit into a new church can give you culture shock.
The Unique Network of a Small Church
Learning to communicate in ways a congregation expects.
REKINDLING VISION IN AN ESTABLISHED CHURCH
The Prophet Joel said old men would dream dreams. What about old congregations?
CLOSE UP
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
A STRUCTURE RUNS THROUGH IT
Contemporary worship that flows is flexible, but it isn't random.
A MODEL WORSHIP SET
REVERSING CHURCH DECLINE
How to regain morale and momentum, if you're so inclined.
A GREAT PLAINS MINISTRY
Doing God's work in windswept places.
GOING TO YOUR LEFT
Pastoral ministry demands more than playing to your strengths.
SQUEEZE PLAY AT HOME
One pastor's toughest call.
BUILDING YOUR ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY
When church workers resist the draft, start enlisting them.
A CLEARER CALL FOR COMMITMENT
To win support for ministry requires the right attitude
REGARDING RESULTS
In the ministerial box score, which stats really matter?
THE BACK PAGE
It's a mistake to preach out of dogma or doctrine without freshly seeing where the gospel is occurring.
FROM THE EDITORS
While some may thrive on heated confrontation, most of us long for a calmer, more compassionate means of resolving differences.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
Seven leaders identify ministry's most strategic points.
THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE
Some of the new lasws that impact ministry.
UNLIKELY ALLIES
If you can't fight city hall, join forces.
WHEN TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC
Five questions to ask before speaking in a secular situation.
THE SLY SABOTEUR
How to arrest ministry's nemesis, Procrastination.
TIME TRACKING
A workable way to answer the question What did you do this week?
HEART TO HEART PREACHING
How to tap authentic emotions, both yours and the listeners'.
How to Spend the Day in Prayer
A day alone with God may be your most important appointment.
STORIES FOR THOSE WHO MOURN
Personal memories can salve death's sting.
WIRING YOURSELF FOR LIGHTNING
When you're the church lightning rod, you have to be well grounded.
GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD PASTORS
Boundaries can lengthen and strengthen your ministry.
THE TOP-10 “LAST WORDS IN YOUR CHURCH”
Pastoral lines you may not be around long enough to regret.
WHEN YOUR CHILDREN PAY THE PRICE
How one pastor's family withstood the trauma of sexual abuse in the church.
BAPTISM IN A COFFIN
Can pardon be freely given for the worst offense?
BREAKING THE GRUMBLERS’ GRIP
How to respond (and not respond) to chronic complainers.
THE HIGH-TURNOVER SMALL CHURCH
Sometimes it feels like this isn't a congregation but a bus depot.
WHEN YOU TAKE A PUBLIC STAND
How one pastor calculated the costs of addressing abortion.
THE TIGHTER ZONING DEFENSES
A new legal landscape faces churches that want to build.
ZONED OUT
These days it takes something extra to get a building permit.
MAKING PEACE IN A WAR ZONE
The persistent creativity required to find a place to worship.
THE BACK PAGE
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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