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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.
Pastors share this calling of identity formation as their life and witness becomes a mirror of the heart of God, reiterating the biblical truths of our adoption, acceptance, and worth.
When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
What should pastors do when families choose youth athletics over church services?” Their answers offer insight into the complicated nature of Christian formation and community.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim. Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age. Interview by Kyle Rohane. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood. 5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry. Jonathan Brooks, Alex Early, Michael Mele, and others.
That Discussion You’re Dreading Is a Ministry Opportunity
How to dive into crucial conversations without clamming up or lashing out.
conflict. Because of this, we must learn to disagree without disengaging. This is where meaningful growth, vulnerability, maturity, and formation happens. If
I Discipled a Murderer
When people don't change, are our efforts in vain?
I Discipled a Murderer. When people don't change, are our efforts in vain? Carmille Akande. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Benedetto Cristofani.
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
ones everyone in our denomination has to tackle: passing the exams, obtaining a Master's of Divinity, and undergoing the care process with a judicatory that oversees ministry formation
Work as Formation
The founder of a toy company explores how his work impacts his spiritual life.
Work as Formation. The Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Work as Formation, Part 3: Do Well and Do Good, Part 4: Big Things Could Happen and Part 5: Rest and Sabbath.
5 Steps for Disciple Multiplication
A simple tool for apprenticing followers of Christ who can apprentice others.
5 Steps for Disciple Multiplication. A simple tool for apprenticing followers of Christ who can apprentice others. Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird. 0; tweet;
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
“There's more to the Christian faith than the intellectual. Spiritual formation focuses on the internal aspects of faith, such as the fruit of the Spirit and prayer,” Shelley continued.
Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
Why people should hear us talk more about generosity.
spiritual discipline. Though this topic is essential to spiritual growth and formation, pastors avoid preaching about it, sometimes because of fear. As a
Make a Difference for the Kingdom
Whether or not your name eventually appears in history books, we’re all called to do our part.
to do for his kingdom. This brought to mind the many women who have played a significant role in my spiritual formation. As a Christian woman, God
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work. Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose? Scott Whaley. 0; tweet; link. share;
Boring Church Services Changed My Life
While I fought to keep my eyes open, the gospel pressed deep into my heart.
hearts are formed: There is no formation without repetition. Virtue formation takes practice, and there is no practice that isn't repetitive. We willingly embrace
‘Dear Worship Leader...’
A review of Zac Hicks’s The Worship Pastor.
What replaces formation varies. For the liturgical, rote recitations may be accepted in place of transformation. For low-church Christians, perhaps the temptation is to the quiet familiar.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 1)
4 unfounded fears that come with wanting
In the second-part, I want to propose four important reasons for recovering desire for our spiritual formation. Suspicion 1: Desire is to blame for sin. When
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups. And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. Brad Himes. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print.
Helping People Connect Faith and Work
These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities.
seek ways to integrate this theology into their respective congregations through four main “arteries”: pastoral practice, corporate worship, discipleship/spiritual formation, and outreach
Christian higher education is changing. Can our innovation match new realities?
Informing Formation. Christian higher education is changing. We're going to try to do it better. From a student's perspective, how will that impact information and formation?
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
Christian formation requires a different pedagogy. Scottie May is associate professor emerita in the Christian Formation & Ministry department at Wheaton College.