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When the Path to Ministry Is an Obstacle Course
What if the things that seem to get in the way of ministry actually qualify us for it?
At the same time I found myself in a context in which (out of an admirable desire to honor their reading of Scripture) many of my professors were actively discouraging of ministry for
Preparing to Leave a Church You Love
Even when you know it’s time to move on, you’ll likely face mixed emotions.
Even when you know it's time to move on, you'll likely face mixed emotions. Here are five things that helped me prepare emotionally for leaving when God told us it was time to go:
Take Time for Breath Prayer
This simple meditative prayer can bring big transformation.
Take Time for Breath Prayer. This simple meditative prayer can bring big transformation. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: Julie Doens/EyeEm/Getty. 0; tweet; email; print.
How to Make Finding a Mentor Less Awkward
Three shifts in the way I thought about mentoring freed me.
Do you have time in your life for this kind of commitment? What is this person expecting of you? How will this impact the other relationships in your life?
Pastoring the Victims of #MeToo
Four steps your church can take to minister well
Many were admitting for the first time that they had been victims of rape, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment. They will need time, empathy, support, and strategic care.
Make Your Voice Heard at the Table
3 ways to help get your ideas across when you’re working with men
meeting. It takes time to reassure them they can trust me—even rely on me. Here are some of the ways I have learned to do this over time: Planning Helps. I
How to Honor Singles in Your Church
Singles need space for grieving and celebration—and the church can offer both.
There's no resolution. I could still be single for a long time. And that's part of the message of this book—that's not a bad life, and I think we need to stop painting that as a bad life.
How to Ask a Man to Mentor You
In light of #MeToo, some men are more reluctant than ever to mentor a woman.
Often a busy person will be more willing to give time to a whole group of people rather than just one person. If he doesn't know you well, this may also feel like a safer venue.
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
thoughts. Every time I started to move forward in ministry, the fear within me told me that I wasn't good enough and there was no way God could use me.
Lead in a Way Only You Can
Many have tried to box us in or tell us who we should be, but we are kingdom women, and we are diverse.
In fact, it shines in all sorts of ways. We aren't genderless, and there is something so mysterious about the gender identity that I so often have a difficult time wrapping my brain around.
It's Time For A Church Transition: Should The Pastor Leave? Hand Off? Or Reboot?
No church should be so reliant on one person that it’s at risk of collapse when that person leaves. Even if that person is the pastor.
Leave If… …your time there is done and a healthy handoff is not possible. This is the least desirable option. Hand It Off If… …your time there is done and a healthy handoff is possible.
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
Five practical tips to fight back
unsettling word about his own future. Of course, all of the comparisons we read about in Scripture happened in real time. Imagine if King Saul had been
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
The path forward: There is a time and place for concern about possible future events. If it doesn't require too much preparation time, you really enjoy preaching and leading worship.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
I've learned not to rule out part-time gigs. There are growing opportunities for employment in part-time and three-quarter time pastoral ministries. To obtain
Unresolved Relationship Issues
Recognizing, addressing, and helping others deal with transference.
her. Karen didn't know it at the time, but she was working out aspects of her unresolved mother-daughter relationship via a process called transference:
Money And The Small Church: 3 Reasons We Must Talk About It (New Series)
While having money is no guarantee of church success or health, poor money management will always undermine good ministry. We have to get better at this.
And I don't like the amount of time and energy that gets sapped from doing ministry to deal with fundraising, budgets and cost control. But do you know what I really hate about money?
Bearing the Word
Preachers carry on a tradition Mary exemplified.
Above all, I felt like I had been measured and found wanting, undeserving of the investment of a pastoral mentor. I simply wasn't worth the time. Read as Single Page Page:123|Next.
Poured Out for the Church
Releasing the desire to be right, even when you’ve been wronged
Even as we forgive―forgiving again every time we remember a transgression―another temptation persists: the temptation to embrace victimhood, the temptation to isolate one's self
Feeling the ‘Ugh’ at Christmastime
Can your church be honest about heartache this Advent?
allegations. How can we lead our people in truth if we expect them to be happy at a time like this? new. I saw this for the first time during Advent 2015.
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
this way. In every church we have served, my wife and I have experienced rejection from people who had, for a time, been our close friends. Sometimes