The Embodied Church in a Digital Age
Should we cheer or moan when online churches perform virtual baptisms?
“If church is just an educational institution, sure, you can get it disembodied and online. But spiritual formation needs to come in embodied relationships.
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
Our Christian education systems are so focused elsewhere that we haven't addressed the formation of a pastor's soul, and any abuse survivor who hasn't dealt with their brokenness is a
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
Their learning came first from development in the context of a local church, with an eye for Christ-centered conviction, character formation, and the ability to make and multiply disciples.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
The Ministry of Absence. Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available.". Stephen L. Woodworth. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand:
Confronting the Toxic Power in Me
High-profile stories of fallen pastors can distract us from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls.
Kyle Strobel teaches spiritual theology for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and is on the preaching team at Redeemer Church, La Mirada, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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;
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
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.
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