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Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood. 5 pastors world. Like our biological mothers, spiritual mothers take us by the hand and show us how to walk. They
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples – Everything Else Is Scaffolding
Every program, building and denomination is temporary. They should stay in place only as long as they are being effective.
and spiritual. We can literally see the scaffolding of facilities, programs and events, but it's much harder to see the structure of spiritual growth. This can
Your Church Can Be a Refuge
4 steps to provide a calm, safe harbor of connection.
the first place. We began to experience growth and results far beyond any goal we would have had the spiritual hubris to set. Intentionally living out our
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
When they encountered the challenges of working on a church staff, they were unprepared to deal with the loss of several essential components in their spiritual growth.
Walking in Billy’s Shoes
John Ortberg offers 6 lessons evangelical organizations can learn from Billy Graham and his team.
For more than half a century, the most familiar voice in American spiritual life belonged to an appetite for what Wallace Stegner once called an “explosion of growth.” Organizations often
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
Spiritual formation focuses on the internal aspects of faith, such as the fruit of the Spirit and prayer Degreed education still has value, but lifelong growth and learning is equally important
Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
Why people should hear us talk more about generosity.
Though this topic is essential to spiritual growth and formation, pastors avoid preaching about it, sometimes because of fear. As a Christian culture, we
7 Tips for Developing a Funding Plan
Ways to encourage generosity at your church.
Paying off our debt was the main way we freed up funds to fully staff for greater effectiveness and growth. 5. Treat stewardship as a spiritual discipline.
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
“The whole point of listening is that you are given things you would never come up with on your own,” says Paul Pastor, author of The Listening Day and deacon of spiritual formation at
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible
I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged.
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible. I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
Getting Unstuck: Innovative Small Churches Find Alternatives, Not Excuses
Problems don’t become excuses when we say “we can’t do it that way.” They become excuses when we say “we can’t do it any other way, either.”
Spiritual, social, financial, emotional and more. heads) if that wonderful, complex, multi-faceted organism called the local church isn't keeping pace with expected numerical growth rates
Why Don’t Small Churches Grow? (Actually, They Do)
The presumption that small churches don’t grow is false. Some grow numerically. Most grow spiritually. Many grow in both ways.
Just because a church doesn't have more butts in the seats than it had last year, doesn't mean it isn't contributing to the growth of the kingdom of God, to the spiritual growth of its
Only In a Small Church: Face Time With the Pastor
The disadvantages of a small church are regularly outweighed by the privilege we have of discipling people on a more personal level.
So they hire staff and set up systems to meet those needs in other ways. That's a fine alternative for a lot of churchgoers and their spiritual growth. But it doesn't work for everyone.