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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
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
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.
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 I’m Nurturing My Emotional Intelligence
A heart moved by the gospel will be stirred with empathy for others.
I'm not done growing yet, but the following three practices were consistent keys to my growth. teach, rebuke, exhort, and correct others, then surely it is fitting for that spiritual work to first
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.
Lord, Deliver Us from Passive-Aggressive Conflicts
Every church has elephants in the narthex. Here are four ways to root them out.
But we can offer something much more valuable than financial compensation: spiritual and emotional discipleship to help those we lead become more like Jesus.
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.
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.
Is the Megachurch Era Over? Yes. And No. (And Other Contradictory Answers)
Megachurches aren't going away. Nor should they. But we need to make room for other models, too.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
According to most church growth experts, including Thom Rainer in Six Reasons Why Church Megachurches have discovered and, in some ways, created a spiritual thirst in a segment
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. - 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.
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. 7. Ministry growth can lead to an unhappy spouse at home.
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible
I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. - Article
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.
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
This is the only way to develop Christians who can cultivate their relationship with God independently, through Bible study, prayer, and spiritual disciplines.
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
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