When Your Calling Feels Like Death
Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing.
When Your Calling Feels Like Death. Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing. It's a helpful question to ask when discerning our calling.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
words are not uttered to us. In the opinion of many, this is the central aspect of our calling: to be present when they need us. To be there when tragedy
When the Path to Ministry Is an Obstacle Course
What if the things that seem to get in the way of ministry actually qualify us for it?
Trying to fit what felt like a tidal wave of calling into that tiny box of limitations brought real confusion and pain, which not only affected my sense of calling, but also my whole sense of
How Pastors Can Reclaim the Role of Spiritual Parent
I don’t wear a collar, but "Father" is still the best description of my calling.
I don't wear a collar, but "Father" is still the best description of my calling. As long as bad fathers exist, calling pastors “father” will be a hard sell for many.
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling? Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print.
Changing the Conversation about Holiness
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God. Connolly has a clear calling that guides everything she does.
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
have wrestled with my own call to ministry, with ordination, and with titles. A Calling Named. “I'm going to be a youth minister.” Those were the words that
The Two Biggest Mistakes Churches Make With Money
The answer to bad stewardship isn’t more money or more faith. It’s better stewardship.
In too many churches, lack of money is calling the shots, so we are still serving mammon. In too many churches, lack of money is calling the shots, so we are still serving mammon.
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: Lightstock. 0; tweet; email; print. “We feel like the Holy Spirit is calling you elsewhere.”. Each word pierced me like a dagger to my soul.
There's Something in the Water
How second-generation gender bias makes it difficult for women leaders to thrive
disadvantage.”. Good Intentions Are Not Enough. Let's be clear. We're not calling out men for evil intent and taking names. There are no torches lit. Women
The Bunker Is My Refuge and Strength
What living next to a doomsday prepper taught me about loving my neighbor.
I want to preach the cross and to somehow live out its calling as that which puts hostility to death. I want my life to be a safe place for any panicked sinners who confront me.
Our Top 9 Resources on Calling
Here's help to understand God's voice, to live it out, and to help others do the same.
Our Top 9 Resources on Calling. Here's help to understand God's voice, to live it out, and to help others do the same. Calling: Not Just a Skill, a Way of Life.
The Surprising Reason Women Go to Seminary
And what it can teach churches about discipling women.
They spotted my gifts early, and helped name my calling. These women were not always confident. More often they were confused. Their calling didn't make sense to them.
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
pastors cannot answer the question “How do I become a pastor?” until they have first answered the question, “What is God telling me to do?” Whatever your view of “calling” into ministry
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change
While that seems to be the case for the majority of people in full-time ministry today, there are plenty of biblical and modern examples of God calling people later in life, too. The Rev.
Give People Dignity the World Has Taken Away
What an alcoholic pastor taught me about administering the presence of God.
Our calling as pastors is to rehabilitate, to give people back the dignity the world has taken away. It wasn't until I grabbed the door handle to exit that I remembered my calling.