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‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
They do not need help pursuing merely a vocational path to ministry; they need preparation to equip people for living in the powerful reality of the kingdom of God amidst a dark and
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.
Kingdom power is power in weakness for the sake of love. It is power grounded in humble dependence upon God and wielded in service and blessing.
The Biggest Misunderstanding About Small Church Pastors
We don't have a limited vision. Our best contributions to Christ’s kingdom happen to be in a smaller setting.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Finds Us. Very few small church pastors start out with the realization that our best contribution to ministry and to the kingdom of God will be within a smaller setting.
Ministry Marriages
Learn to appreciate each other’s gifts for a healthy ministry and marriage. - Article
If ministry mates will learn that our differences are really part of God's masterpiece, we can learn to come together and we'll be dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.
When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
This means teaching them to prioritize their lives to serve Christ's kingdom in all areas: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33).
Lead Well Alongside Men
5 tips for co-laboring for the kingdom - Article
It may even feel like swimming upstream at times. And let's not forget that we have an enemy that trips us up because he would rather we didn't co-labor for God's kingdom.
No, A God-Sized Vision Doesn’t Need To Be Big And Scary
Faith and leadership are more about long stretches of waiting, wandering and wondering than massive, scary leaps.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Do we want to follow God enough to be willing to slow down occasionally? Pastoring a 150-year-old church in a poor rural area is just as kingdom-minded as launching a new church in
Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church
“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.”
When I returned to Seattle, I was excited to preach God's Word to my congregation, but my body was exhausted. None of his churches exist today, but the kingdom continues to thrive.
How to Serve Your City When You Aren’t a Megachurch
Our resources are limited, but that hasn’t stopped us.
Advancing the Kingdom. The kingdom of God is advanced when people in our communities place their faith in Jesus as Lord. That is God's ultimate desire
Lead in a Way Only You Can
Many have tried to box us in or tell us who we should be, but we are kingdom women, and we are diverse. - Article
are divinely inspired, women who lead, teach, preach, and use their gifts within the kingdom should look doubt, is biological, it is shaped by culture, and it is part of God's paintbrush in
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them. - Article
Paul was mentoring the young Timothy, and he taught him how to carry on serving the kingdom of God despite any difficulties or discouragement that he might face.
Money And The Small Church: Job One – Don’t Spend More Than You Bring In
You can’t spend your way into church growth, congregational health or kingdom impact.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
You can't spend your way into church growth, congregational health or kingdom impact. God won't entrust his treasure into a leaky bucket. And neither should our church members.
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith - Article
I'm amazed at the many works she accomplished for the kingdom of God. I'm even more amazed that she accomplished these tasks in the face of suffering. Smith became a widow twice.
The Pastor's Currency is Influence
Are you spending it wisely?
My Quest for Influence. At the heart of ministry for most of us is the God-given desire to influence others for Christ and his kingdom. We didn't go into this work for the money.
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
attendance drops, those who remain committed will get closer and stronger, relying on the Word, the Spirit, and the community of believers to help us fulfill God's kingdom purposes.
11 Advantages Of Having 50 Churches Of 100 Instead Of 1 Church Of 5,000
Big churches are great. But they’re very rare. And they’re not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
But they're very rare. And they're not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward. But they're very rare. And they're not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
9:36). 2. Seek partners. Pray for kingdom-of-God partners. When we live that unity with all who believe the gospel, the mission of the kingdom of God is released.
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you. - Article
we see that these gifts were not limited to the church services, but were demonstrations of the love of God when people Signs and wonders point to an eternal kingdom, and king of kings
Making Space for Women Leaders in the Church
The day my bubble burst about women in ministry. - Article
That was the sound of my bubble bursting. The kingdom of God has plenty of room for all sorts of callings—and one person's call doesn't have to threaten another's.
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry
9 steps to set healthy limits - Article
lives of people who love you. You have much to contribute to the work of God's kingdom beyond your work in ministry. Ultimately, your worth is based on
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