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Think Bigger: Why “How Do I Get Our Church To Grow?” Is The Wrong Question
I’m grateful for the church growth movement. But I want more.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For some, the answer will be to plant a whole lot of small churches, for others it will be to go to a place where the spiritual ground is hard and numerical growth will be slow, maybe even
Want Real Church Growth? Don’t Fill Your Building, Empty It
Churches emptying out into their community to share the good news is a greater sign of effective ministry than an increase in church attendance will ever be.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Getting more people to go to church has never been the point of church growth. I don't want to hear about churches filling up as a sign of revival, renewal or spiritual awakening any more
7 Ideas for Improving Bible Engagement in Your Church
How to encourage a deeper experience of Scripture.
Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, in their book Move, share their findings from researching spiritual growth in 1,000 churches. This was their conclusion:
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
The Ministry of Absence. Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available.". Stephen L. Woodworth. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand:
Has The Rise Of Megachurches Elevated Our Communities?
Communities with successfully growing churches should be feeling the impact of those churches on their overall culture.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If individual congregational growth is as important as we're told it is, shouldn't the moral and spiritual climate be rising in the communities where megachurches are thriving?
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
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.
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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.
I imagine you have been asked the same question by someone in your congregation—an eager person looking to take the next step in their spiritual growth.
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
While there are aspects of our spiritual lives that can and should be done in solitude, lack of face-to-face, person-to-person connection with other believers will limit our spiritual growth.
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
We must always remember that, while church attendance is a vital element in our spiritual growth, church attendance isn't the goal of evangelism. Following
What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work. - Article
skills and caring for your soul.” This idea of “soul care” simply means attending to one's own spiritual life and doing what is necessary to foster one's own spiritual health and growth.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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
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.
6 Ways to Avoid Conflict with Your Elder or Deacon Board in 2018
How to excel at teamwork and unify your church board.
Most pastors are committed to personal growth. Most spend hours reading, praying, and studying in an unending quest for spiritual and professional growth.
Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes
Saddleback Church deserves to be honored for baptizing 50,000 people over the last 38 years. But we should never limit our attention to churches with outsized numbers.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: ashbrookeMEDIA | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. Last week, Saddleback Church celebrated an amazing spiritual milestone.
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
Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity - Article
like him understand above all, giving and generosity are part of spiritual formation. Discovery launched three multi-site venues and experienced a season of unprecedented growth.
Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
Why people should hear us talk more about generosity. - Article
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. - Article
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 2018 CT Pastors Book Recommendations
Six recent books that will aid you in your ministry.
This recent book by Barna, however, offers a positive outlook for church growth. But physical space shapes our spiritual experience, and it provides a place for people to connect with
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