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.
His love overflowed and extended to include sinful, distant people in his family. That means some church leaders need to model to the church what that looks like in our family lives.
8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects
Take these necessary precautions.
1. Don't neglect your family. It's easy to burn the candle at both ends and neglect your family. Remember they are your first line of ministry. 2. Don't neglect your church.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
I remember being contacted late one night with the news that one of my ministry leaders had attempted suicide. Friends and family members were heading to the hospital, but I declined.
Six Key Compensation Elements That Can Help Ministry Flourish
Join us for our June 13 webinar to be empowered to set fair pay in the church.
in their family and church work,” while nearly 1 in 3 (31%) said they worked a second job “to help make ends meet.”. Of course, we all know that virtually no one goes into ministry “for the
Why “Finishing Well” Can Never Be Our Main Reason To Behave Morally
We need to behave morally not so we can keep our reputations intact, but because hurting other people is wrong. Always wrong.
front of me. I want every day of my ministry life to matter. And I want to end it having brought honor to Christ, his church and my family. This has become
3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy
Start making a plan today.
And if you've been in ministry for any amount of time, you know how difficult communication can following you on social media, then be sure to focus on young adult and family events on
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
My dad's work had paid for our entire family to spend a week at a Christian retreat brain years later on countless occasions as I have wrestled with my own call to ministry, with ordination
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.
We are called to nurture God's family. I believe that a return to an understanding of pastoral ministry as spiritual parenting is exactly what the church needs today.
The 2018 CT Pastors Book Recommendations
Six recent books that will aid you in your ministry.
was encouraged to turn that address into a book: After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I'd I long to communicate the gospel with my congregation as a family member might retell their own
That Discussion You’re Dreading Is a Ministry Opportunity
How to dive into crucial conversations without clamming up or lashing out.
You're about to discuss why he and his family are considering leaving the church. They are crucial conversations, and they occur with excruciating frequency in ministry.
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church
You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.
Equipping the saints for ministry is sacred work. As I embrace the call to absence from work, I must accept the challenge to be present—to my family, to my body, and to my spirit.
Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
Declining church growth, unsupportive staff, balancing ministry and family priorities, criticism, financial challenges, and unreasonable demands of the congregation can keep the pastor
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter
Without even meaning to, I've been doing the same thing in my family with this leader who has been growing up Yes, it was a very steep learning curve in the early days of my ministry.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
Her family and work came first, which delayed her pursuit, but once my siblings and I got older, and after I'm encouraged in my current ministry by her drive to finish what she set out to do