‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
God speak audibly to me, but I sensed his will and vocational plan for my life through his The church community can provide many sets of eyes to observe and assess their readiness for
The Bunker Is My Refuge and Strength
What living next to a doomsday prepper taught me about loving my neighbor.
my life to be a safe place for any panicked sinners who confront me. That door, bolted shut, was a pretty good image of Guy's approach to other people. For example, in a community
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.
late one evening and being told that a friend and father in our community had committed We talked about his father, but mostly we just talked about life: dating, college, marriage, and
Let the Foster and Adopted Children Come to Me
Families of vulnerable children often feel unwelcome in their own churches. Here are five ways to change that.
In church community we are called to live out the truth that all human beings are Alternately those that take seriously the value of all human life by welcoming children with additional
How to Make Finding a Mentor Less Awkward
Three shifts in the way I thought about mentoring freed me.
What if, instead of thinking of a mentor relationship as an exclusive partnership to secure our desired life and career benefits, we sought to be part of a nurturing community in which we
8 Ways You're Appreciated
We asked male leaders why they're thankful for you.
the community of God are only complete when we have men and women working alongside each other with the gifts God has given them! Carter Moss, campus pastor and life groups
Preparing to Leave a Church You Love
Even when you know it’s time to move on, you’ll likely face mixed emotions.
They will not taste the sweetness of authentic community or know the grace of lives Rhythms of life are built around your weekly routine, holiday traditions, and interactions with people
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.
Luke 12:1). It shows up in a myriad of subtle, yet destructive ways in pastoral life. our evangelism strategy is to reach the powerful, influential, and wealthy in the community, rather than
Make the Most of Your Rented Space
Five solutions for mobile churches.
According to Currey Blandford, pastor of Life Church, which meets in a park district community center, church leaders with permanent buildings often say they're jealous of his church
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
A Conductor of Community. Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: provided by Quest Church. 0; tweet; email; print.
Tales from a ‘Billy Graham Kid’
From my earliest days, Mr. Graham shaped my life and my calling.
God's call on my life is not to tent meetings, festivals, or crusades. Instead it's to the streets of Minneapolis, through an urban church trying to love our community in the name of Jesus.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
much fun it would be, not how you'd find purpose for your life or learn pervasive individualism that saturates the culture and the church, which differs from the community centered values
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
buddy seat” of his tractor. As he baled hay in the cool evening air, we talked about life and faith, church and family and community. Then he startled me out
Is Your Church Resisting Necessary Change? Try This Helpful Strategy
Wise and loving pastors don’t attack people’s affection for the past, they ease their fears about the future.
a pastor do when change is needed in order to reach a changing community – or simply to that the message of the unchanging Word from an unchanging God is life transformation – in
How to Serve Your City When You Aren’t a Megachurch
Our resources are limited, but that hasn’t stopped us.
located in the heart of our city, surrounded by neighbors from every walk of life enjoying their Our city manager oversees city services and recruits new businesses to the community.
When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
Their answers offer insight into the complicated nature of Christian formation and community. and Savior, and I immediately began rethinking every aspect of my life, including sports.
Hosting John McCain's Memorial Service
Pastor Noe Garcia shares his priorities for the late senator's funeral.
This is a great time for me to share with people why this service is a celebration of life. This is a time of ministering to family, friends, and the community.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community. we read adequately prepares us to effectively facilitate their transition to American life once they
When a Member of Your Church Is Dying
Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms.
Many of my cohorts in the disability community have succumbed to a “you're better off dead than Death and end-of-life care isn't exactly something I'm inherently drawn to, but my heart