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The Mission Deserves Margin: Minister To The Church You Have, While Preparing For More
While pastoring the people we have, we need to create in-house systems and outward ministry suitable for a church of double our current size.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Innovative MinistryApril 26, 2018. The Mission Deserves Margin: Minister To The Church You Have, While Preparing For More While pastoring the people
Why Most Mission Statements Fail In Smaller Churches
In a smaller church, instead of uniting people, a mission statement can feel controlling and manipulative.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In a smaller church, instead of uniting people, a mission statement can feel controlling and manipulative. Big churches need bold mission statements. Small churches? Not so much.
Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church
What to consider as you create plans and policies.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
as part of your job. You might be great at planning a sermon series, special services like Easter, and events or mission trips. You might be successful
Bill Hybels Resigns • Volunteers and FLSA • Church Homeless Shelter: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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Many in the wider Christian community have been confused by those allegations, he said, and the controversy has distracted his church's leaders from their mission and has hurt the
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
WomenLeaders.com - Article
“I'm going to be a youth minister.” Those were the words that launched my call to ministry as I uttered them to one of our youth leaders at the end of a weeklong mission trip.
When Volunteers Drive for Your Church
Tips for handling this critical area of risk-management.
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Further, if you have volunteers who are going to be driving, say, on a church mission trip, they have to be cleared through the church office beforehand.
Tales from a ‘Billy Graham Kid’
From my earliest days, Mr. Graham shaped my life and my calling.
impact. Spending so much time together on mission forged a deep friendship. The BGEA schedule was the calendar our family revolved around. My
Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics
Preachers may not want to talk about finances—but it’s critical that they do so.
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While the leaders of a religious institution may have a thoroughly noble mission and a beautiful vision of how they want to fulfill that mission, if they do not have the resources to sustain
8 Ways You're Appreciated
We asked male leaders why they're thankful for you.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
The mission of God and the community of God are only complete when we have men and women working alongside each other with the gifts God has given them!
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
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the town. Jesus rebukes this suggestion. Instead of vengeance, he continues forward in his mission and journeys to another village. With each rejection
How To Work With People Who Aren’t As Committed To The Church As You Are
Help them find a ministry that matches their current level of commitment and stretches them just a little bit beyond.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
On the left, the mission of the church – on the right, the passion of a volunteer. Ministry happens in the overlap where mission and passion meet. Ministry
Churches Renovate Their Building, On Average, Every 30 Years? Really?!
A church building doesn’t have to be big, fancy or cutting-edge. But it needs to facilitate the mission.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
A church building doesn't have to be big, fancy or cutting-edge. But it needs to facilitate the mission. Church edge. But it needs to facilitate the mission.
God’s Crowdsource in East Harlem
This church is building relationships and contributing to economic shalom by supporting local businesses.
God's Crowdsource in East Harlem. This church is building relationships and contributing to economic shalom by supporting local businesses. José Humphreys.
Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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like Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Joint Committee, still may decide to continue to financially contribute to Tennessee Baptist Convention's institutions and mission work, Di
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree
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life, I see now the threads God was drawing together—moving me from a longtime pew sitter to small-group attender, then into small-group leadership, and then into mission trips and
If Our Church Was Bigger, We Could…
There’s not a single command to the church that cannot be accomplished by two or three people who love Jesus, each other, and the community they’re called to reach. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If we think we need more stuff before we can do great ministry, we'll stay stuck. Not just in size, but in mission. Not just in size, but in mission. It's About the Mission.
Hey, Boomers! Let’s Step Up And Be The Elders The Church Desperately Needs Right Now
We've been doing this badly, folks. Here are three simple steps to help my generation of Boomers become better at discipling the next generation.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If you, like me, are a Christian and a Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) you need to know that our primary mission at this stage of our lives is to become the elders and equippers
Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission.
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Make Criticism Your Friend. Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God's mission. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print
Hurricane Response • $800,000 Theft • Church Festival Fine: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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A decade ago, maybe your church volunteered, planned a short-term mission trip, gave money, or helped rebuild Gulf Coast communities beaten down by one of America's most deadly
9 Ways To Reverse A Downward Giving Trend In An Otherwise Healthy Church
Even people who love the church and are fully committed to its mission are not giving as much as they once did.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Even people who love the church and are fully committed to its mission are not giving as much as they once did. Church LeadershipJanuary 12, 2018.
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