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How to Make Finding a Mentor Less Awkward
Three shifts in the way I thought about mentoring freed me.
When mentoring is an act of hospitality within the Christian community, it takes the anxious expectations out of the equation and allows mentoring relationships to foster inclusion and
Why Smooth Pastoral Transitions Matter More Now Than Ever
In previous generations, the denomination, the church building, and family expectations had such a strong hold that it virtually didn’t matter who the pastor was.
In previous generations, the denomination, the church building, and family expectations had such a strong hold that it virtually didn't matter who the pastor was.
When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing.
She was right. The chairperson held me to expectations of her own that hadn't been communicated to me. Clearly, my boss also had different expectations
Unresolved Relationship Issues
Recognizing, addressing, and helping others deal with transference.
This process may occur in therapy, when a person receiving treatment applies feelings toward—or expectations of—another person onto the therapist and then begins to interact with
When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team.
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team. But we can change our expectations for those who serve with us so we're not regularly disappointed.
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
For 2,000 years, men and women have tried to discern a call and find their way in the ministry, only to find a world of expectations that cannot be met. Not familiar with the Enneagram?
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
Keep a practical budget. Because giving may go down during the summer, be sure to set up a clear church budget with realistic expectations on giving and spending.
We're cheering you on as you live your calling.
Sometimes the weight of ministry comes from our own unhealthy ways of leading. Other times it comes from the world's expectations, or our congregants' expectations.
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry.
Being a woman in ministry has its perks—I take particular delight in surprising people. “Wait, you're a minister?” they ask. “But you're so [insert the quality that busted their expectations]!”.
How to Prepare for Speaking at a Conference
What I’ve learned from 15 years of speaking at various events.
You've been chosen! But is this a good fit? Before you say “yes,” request a phone date, and interview the organizers of the event: What are their expectations of you?
Take Ownership of Your Development
Women are often overlooked for leadership development. Take matters into your own hands.
No one owes you leadership. These truths are tricky. We often don't recognize that we have these expectations because most of our early lives these are healthy expectations.
Is Your Church Measuring Health Or Size? They’re Not The Same Thing
In the same way that a healthy elephant is bigger than a healthy rabbit, a church's size has nothing to do with its relative health – or relative value.
we make with the riddle about bricks and feathers. Our underlying preconceptions taint our expectations. We hear what we expect to hear – that 100
For-Profit vs. Church Financial Management
The head of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability shares the differences to help people transition from the business world into a nonprofit ministry.
into a church setting. What unrealistic expectations do for-profit financial/ business folks bring into the church setting? The most unrealistic expectation
5 Essentials to Build Trust in Your Ministry Team
Lessons from the life of Nehemiah
This research concluded, “Female managers eclipse their male counterparts at setting basic expectations for their employees, building relationships with their subordinates
How Culture Affects Our Expectations of Leaders
Gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic biases affect how we lead and follow.
How Culture Affects Our Expectations of Leaders. Plueddemann states that expectations for leaders and followers should change in a crosscultural setting:
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors. For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange. Marshall
How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry
When I took a break from ministry, I realized I’d lost more than my job.
rest. For a while, I blamed it on the demands of ministry. I blamed it on weeknight expectations and weekend expectations and summer expectations. I