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The Secret to Volunteer Retention

August 21, 2014 8:00 AM

A sign loomed outside my son's Sunday school class: "Room closed (unless someone wants to jump in and help today)." Fortunately, it was propped near a door but wasn't yet pulled out into the main area of the hallway....

Lead Me On: Mouthy Mistakes

July 24, 2014 8:00 AM

I talk too much. It's a habit. I talktoofast and talktoomuch. Sometimes I could stand to zip it. I'm working on it. However, I hate to contribute to what has been a common refrain in society—a common refrain also...

Identity and Worship Speak into the Life of a Leader

July 7, 2014 8:00 AM

Reverend Gail Song Bantum is the Worship and Executive Pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about leadership development and leads seminars in diverse contexts. This is what she had to say when we sat down...

The Strong Power in Every Woman

June 26, 2014 8:00 AM

Hot tears splashed down my cheeks as my new husband stared at me in confusion. I had been studying the creation story when I stumbled across the strong Hebrew word God used when creating Eve: the ezer. In that...

When Your Calling Feels too Small

May 29, 2014 8:00 AM

Lately, I'm hearing a lot about "calling" and following wherever Jesus leads. And I've been right there on the front row, soaking it up. When I read on this site about Jennie Allen's book Restless, I bought the eBook...

Lead Me On: For We Who Look Around

April 28, 2014 8:00 AM

A fairly famous point-the-finger-in-blame moment started the day Eve handed Adam that piece of fruit and said, "Go for it." The text doesn't say that he resisted. At all. It reads like this: "Then she gave some to her...

Reclaiming Eve: The Identity & Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God

April 21, 2014 8:00 AM

The book: Reclaiming Eve: The Identity & Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God By Suzanne Burden, Carla Sunberg, and Jamie Wright Published by Beacon Hill Press Why I picked up this book: I had several reasons for...

People’s Voices Matter

February 24, 2014 8:00 AM

She was called into ministry in a comedy club. When Nadia Bolz-Weber, working as a comic, lost a friend to suicide, her community demanded, “Well, you’ll do the funeral, right?” They’d identified her as “the religious one.” Nadia describes...

If Your Heart is Right, Ignore the Critics

January 6, 2014 8:00 AM

Ambition is complicated. When related to material things it sounds like greed, so we often take the idea of “bigger and more” in our lives and boil it all down to sin. We sit in the back like my...

The Dangerous Mistake

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

Leaders—whether in church ministry or the workplace—often speak of their “calling” as a time of realization, an ah-ha moment. We knew: this is what I was made to do. This is what God has called me to. I am called...

Undaunted

December 17, 2012 2:36 PM

The Greece I found that Wednesday afternoon in March 2010 was not the one I remembered from my honeymoon fourteen years earlier. There were no stunning, whitewashed buildings. No lapis-blue tile rooftops. No festive music. No outdoor market with vendors...

We Can’t All Be Beth

November 26, 2012 8:00 AM

Nearly 10 years ago I sat in an Atlanta, Georgia, arena packed to the brim with college students. I was attending an annual conference hosted by Passion, and Beth Moore was about to take the stage. In case you...

Who Do You Think You Are?

August 31, 2012 10:22 AM

Some of my earliest memories find me sitting barefoot and cross-legged under a large tree in our neighbor’s backyard. My girlfriends and I were making purses out of large leaves, weaving the stiff stems through the fleshy edges. I enjoyed...

Living the Line

June 21, 2012 11:56 AM

Scripture is full of one-liners. I’m not referring to jokes, although there is humor in the Bible. The one-liners I’m speaking of are people. Significant people who are summarized in single sentences show up all over the Bible. But...

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