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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.
Spiritual mothers and fathers model a life of ministry that can truly be imitated This is the same work I do daily with my own sons: building a legacy of character and passion for Christ that
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
The term spiritual mother immediately brings to mind my own mom. Another passion my mother passed on to me is reaching out to others. Circumstances do not intimidate her.
5 More Reasons To Go To Church In Person: Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste
When all our senses are involved we learn more, engage more, enjoy more, contribute more and remember more.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
And no, this is not always because of laziness or lack of spiritual passion. In a growing number of cases, it's because they've been hurt deeply, sometimes repeatedly by church people.
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
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
recently, somehow he managed to give me the strength to preach his Word with passion, conviction, and fire. of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus teach us the basic attitude of a spiritual leader.
Leading Fearlessly in a Changing Culture
Popular blogger and pastor Trevin Wax discusses how a marginalized church can actually be more effective.
Leading Fearlessly in a Changing Culture. Popular blogger and pastor Trevin Wax discusses how a marginalized church can actually be more effective.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
The Director of Groups affects the spiritual lives of those in the church by leading and skills and outstanding communication abilities, and in whom God has placed a passion for seeing
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
Few people have the eyes to see spiritual realities. The big problem in every culture is lukewarmness, an absence of passion for what's really important.
Why Moral Failure Happens When Ministry Is Going Great
7 characteristics of success that can lead to adultery.
Ministry success leads to busyness, which leads to pastors neglecting their spiritual armor. When a pastor exudes confidence and passion onstage, others find that very attractive.
Women, Calling, and Guilt
Is seminary a waste of time?
WomenLeaders.com - Article
In the end, passion won the day, but the pursuit of passion is an emotional roller coaster Although they described seminary as “God's gift” to them, or a time of “spiritual retreat,” lurking
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
Keep in mind that the quickest, more efficient route isn't necessarily the best for the spiritual development of your congregation Your passion tends to be contagious, no matter the topic.
When a Minister Can't Manage
Ways for church leaders to respond.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
Leading with their passion, and then connect the dots. Just as not everyone has all the spiritual gifts, not everyone will be equally capable in both ministry and management.
Introducing Lent to Your Congregation
It starts with your example.
you already know and trust, like your district superintendent, bishop, local spiritual director, or can prepare for the week by prayerfully meditating on passages that depict Jesus' passion.
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves.
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instruction, and poem. Because I have such a passion for studying the Bible, it consistently surprises me that not everyone shares my enthusiasm. I have
What Your Pastor Really Wants for Christmas
This year, forego the gift cards and get them something they’ll really appreciate.
Reading is a passion of mine, but I love multitasking while listening to a good audiobook. I often forget the realities of my physical existence—that my spiritual anxieties hide in my
The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church
Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
June 03, 2016. The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
Why Successful Churches Aren’t Turning the World Upside-Down – But the Outcasts Might
Where are the Christian innovators who will put a dangerous passion for Jesus ahead of personal ministry success?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
the Outcasts Might Where are the Christian innovators who will put a dangerous passion for Jesus ahead of personal ministry success? by Karl Vaters.
Never Apologize for Church Growth
Church growth should always be a part of every pastor’s prayers, passion and strategy. Especially when it’s kingdom growth.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church GrowthJune 24, 2016. Never Apologize for Church Growth Church growth should always be a part of every pastor's prayers, passion and strategy.
The Day I Hit the Wall
A simple question led to a life-defining collapse.
I didn't have a passion to absorb the various character lessons of Jesus and make remarkably mature and insightful partner who invested every bit of her strength (spiritual and otherwise
The Raw Beauty of Giving God Our Second Best
Sometimes ‘God deserves our best’ can serve as a cover for our pride. God also wants our second best. And our worst. And everything in between.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Whatever we do – especially what we do for the cause of Christ – should be done with all the effort, passion and excellence we have. Choosing Passion Over Technique.
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