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3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy
Start making a plan today. - Article
You've seen the youth pastor who goes to a conference and comes back full of ideas and energy—and then a month later, nothing has changed. Don't let that happen.
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree - Article
In my mid-30's, college was a distant memory, and the thought of pulling together enough time, focus, and mental energy to sit down and write a paper sounded like signing up for
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
The secret to making meetings brief and efficient. - Article
already in agreement. Why waste time with needless debate in that case? Save everyone's energy, and simply put the matter to a vote. To be clear, if
Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission. - Article
It was impossible to know, yet I spent a lot of emotional energy trying to figure it out, often attributing the worst possible motives to him, which in turn just made me angrier.
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter - Article
At some point early in your role as lead pastor there were a few months when you had really low energy a lot of the time and it wasn't until later that I realized it was part of that.
Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup. Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. 3. Boosting Leader Energy.
In Addition To "Why Is Your Church So Small?" We Need To Ask “Why Do We Want It To Be Big?”
As hard as we work to grow bigger, how many of us stop to ask the essential question “what are the advantages of bigness?”
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
So why have so few of us ever stopped to ask “what are the advantages of a church being big?” And is it really worth all the time, energy and money to get there?
We're cheering you on as you live your calling. - Article
What's a leader to do? After all, we all have limited strength, wisdom, time, and energy. Sometimes the weight of ministry comes from our own unhealthy ways of leading.
Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry. - Article
And every once in a while I like to read or catch up with my favorite show. I simply don't have the time or energy to become everything to everyone. But I don't have to.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you - Article
Because I am also a mother, wife, and household manager, however, I weigh each extracurricular opportunity carefully knowing it will impact my time, energy, and availability.
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time. - Article
results. Working out increased my daily energy, gave me a good “attack” to start the day, and increased my capacity to enjoy the food that I loved. But
Money And The Small Church: 3 Reasons We Must Talk About It (New Series)
While having money is no guarantee of church success or health, poor money management will always undermine good ministry. We have to get better at this.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
And I don't like the amount of time and energy that gets sapped from doing ministry to deal with fundraising, budgets and cost control. But do you know what I really hate about money?
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples – Everything Else Is Scaffolding
Every program, building and denomination is temporary. They should stay in place only as long as they are being effective.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
This can be especially challenging for church leaders because after investing so much time, energy, emotion and money into the structures of church work and ministry, we can start to
Three Benefits of Bulletin Inserts
And why limiting the number of inserts is important. - Article
a payoff. If the insert gets ignored, you've wasted valuable time, energy, and money. 3. They lessen the importance of special announcements. If you
3 Ways to Stay Sane This Easter Season
Yes, it's possible to relax during your busiest time of the year.
It is possible to build a great Easter experience for our people, relying only on our gifts, talents, and experience. We can serve Christ in our own energy and wisdom.
Three Ways to Simplify Advent
These proactive measures can keep you, and your team, from burning out. - Article
Over the years, I've learned how to keep what is meaningful while letting go of things that were merely depleting my energy—and everyone else's energy.
Small Church Essentials Is Here!
It’s not about wanting churches to be small; it’s about wanting small churches to be great.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
“What if, instead of helping our churches be more effective, pushing them to get bigger is actually stealing time, energy and resources from other ideas that might actually make us more
Lead Like Your Introversion Is a Strength
Because it is! - Article
For years I thought that to be a good leader, I had to be an extrovert. Most of the leaders I knew seemed to have boundless energy for people, and to be energized by them in return.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression. - Article
The symptoms of depression range from feeling sad for no particular reason to feeling numb. You feel like your emotional reserves are depleted and your physical energy is low.
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
year. Now, even though we pour the same amount of energy into quality events and have increased our publicity, we don't draw the same crowds. Fewer
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