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How to Honor Singles in Your Church
Singles need space for grieving and celebration—and the church can offer both. - Article
One of the most popular topics on in the past year has been singleness, so we sat down with Joy Beth Smith, author of Party of One (Thomas Nelson, 2018) to
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
Five practical tips to fight back - Article
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy. Five practical tips to fight back. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: Lightstock. 0; tweet; email; print. There are so many
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine - Article
Several years ago I endeavored to write a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount for several hundred women. The Bible study was a labor of love, passion, and joy.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches
Want your people to give with joy? Here’s what it’s going to take.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches. Want your people to give with joy? After all, those who have given in the past know the strong sense of joy and thanksgiving with which they gave.
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband. - Article
Sobbed would be more honest. And they were not tears of joy, shed by a loving and faithful pastor's wife. They were tears of anguish, regret, and anger.
A Friendly Reminder: “Come To Jesus” Is More Important Than “Come To Our Church”
We have become so used to tethering evangelism to our church’s programming and attendance that we can forget they're not the same thing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
From crying with a friend going through a divorce, to celebrating the joy of childbirth, many of our most intimate moments are being lived through Facebook Live, Skype and FaceTime.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you - Article
something is “good” or “best?” It's not as simple as saying “no” to all extra obligations because some projects are indeed for us to do; they are growth-producing, life-giving, or joy-filling.
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps. - Article
Time spent in prayer, solitude, and honest conversation with a couple of close friends helped me maintain those boundaries, and serve God and others with more freedom and joy.
Self-Control for the Sake of Ministry
What does it mean to say “no” to ourselves on behalf of those we serve and influence? - Article
In contrast to slavery, God's Spirit gives us freedom—freedom to make choices not out of fear of punishment, but out of joy and hope in Christ who reconciles all things through his body
Called to Ministry? Start Here.
Five steps to become a healthy minister - Article
mind. Maybe it's simply that you experience tremendous joy when you serve in the church and you want to find more where that came from. Whatever
Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
'It was a little heartbreak for a mom who felt she needed to do that, but what joy this little baby is going to be okay,' said State Senator Michelle Benson, a Republican from Ham Lake.
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God. - Article
before. I had a new understanding, for instance, of what Elizabeth must have experienced when she felt her unborn child leap for joy within her womb.
Set Housing Allowances Soon • Redeeming Criticism • Work Rhythms: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week. - Article
I try to do it well. But I do it in the same spirit that I, along with my wife, run our house. There are many essential things we routinely do, often (but not always) with joy.
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel? - Article
Many of the people we preach to know the right answers. Some of us have the joy of discipling new believers who don't know how to follow Jesus. In
4 Ways Your Church Can Help People Simplify Christmas
If we want people to slow down, simplify and learn the joy of giving, our church needs to be a place they can do that.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If we want people to slow down, simplify and learn the joy of giving, our church needs to be a place they can do that. Church & CultureNovember 02, 2017.
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
The gates of hell shall not prevail against Christ's church. On the contrary, we should count it joy because it's an opportunity to bear witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Billy Graham’s Altar Calls Were More Than Moments of Decision
For the late evangelist, the time after the sermon was about getting people into church.
revivalism. Charles Finney, for example, wrote that he “wept aloud with joy and love” and “literally bellowed out unutterable gushings of [his] heart. . . .
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
weekend. Joy. A good guide must be joyful. I'm convinced that joy is the great forgotten power of the Christian life. We often subtly dismiss it. Because
The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling
Pastors must prepare to bear these burdens as they meet with parishioners.
spiritual, and physical health is essential.”. Finding strength and joy. “It is hard to shepherd souls. It is hard to combat intricate moral evil. It is hard to help
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
amount of time. The path forward: Tender, holy moments are often found on the margins of life—both in great joy and in deep pain. Instead of immediately
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