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The Ministry of Orthography

July 21, 2014 8:00 AM

We hear it said often, "There's no "I" in team." Yes, that's a fact, but unfortunately some clichés are said so much they lose their power. We know team means working together effectively for the common good, a joint...

Shut Up and Show Up

July 17, 2014 8:00 AM

My husband and I couldn't eat or sleep. We couldn't think clearly enough to work and yet couldn't imagine being home with the walls caving in around us. We had cried until we were surprised there were any tears...

Love to the Sound Guys

June 12, 2014 8:00 AM

Here at GFL, we love our congregations' sound guys and gals (henceforth, simply the gender-unneutral Sound Guy.) If we're preachers, they help us bear the word to listening ears. If we're children's ministers, they help us to amplify little...

The Surprising and Beautiful Solution for a Dying New Jersey Church

May 12, 2014 8:00 AM

A church in Northern New Jersey has changed its name to reflect the reality which has unfolded over the last 20 years: People with disabilities are at the center of this church's ministry and mission. I spoke with pastor...

Sometimes Ministry Happens at Home

May 5, 2014 8:00 AM

I wasn't ready for it. After all, she's only just turned 8. And what 8-year-old do you know who's called an after-dinner meeting to tell you gently but categorically that "it's just not working anymore"? That she "can't stand...

Leadership Lessons from Bad Bosses

November 21, 2012 11:20 AM

We all know those leaders: the bosses we’ve had who’ve made us think, “How did they get to be where they are?” For more than 18 years, I worked for such leaders at two of Canada’s largest advertising agencies. After...

Out with the Old Women’s Ministry

November 15, 2012 2:04 PM

During the past decade, the landscape of key leadership positions within churches and non-profits has changed. The number of female senior pastors has doubled and there are more women than men leading non-profits. Sadly, a strange dichotomy is occurring...

How Pride Destroys Leadership, Part 2

September 25, 2012 1:13 PM

How does one start with passion to serve Jesus, fearless, strong, and ready to take on large challenges, and have a heart of pride growing inside? It’s easier than you think. In Part 1 of this article, I mentioned...

How Pride Destroys Leadership, Part 1

September 20, 2012 10:25 AM

I was in my early twenties when I took my first ministry assignment. I soon experienced what I call quick fruit—favor and multiplication of my ministry. I had many offers for highly influential positions at a young age. For...

Could I Love My Neighbor Who Didn’t Love Me?

August 30, 2012 2:40 PM

"I can handle a lot of people, but I can't handle Evangelicals." Mary grimaced as I stood next to her at our block's progressive dinner. The party made me nervous. We had just moved to the neighborhood three weeks...

The Fragrance of Leadership

August 27, 2012 2:54 PM

Standing in my friend’s kitchen while she was making oatmeal, I was immediately transported back to my grandmother’s home, where every morning of my summer visits, she would make the best oatmeal on the planet. Loading it with real...

What Happens When You Don’t Serve Fluff on a Platter

August 22, 2012 8:33 AM

Our leadership team has learned a few lessons after one year of prayer, preparation, and leadership training; a successful launch of a women’s mentoring ministry at our church; and one year of mentoring through small groups. I’d like to share...

I Quit!

August 9, 2012 1:57 PM

When my daughter was 9, she and I were working on her homework together. She had to write a sentence using the word exhausted. She came up with this: “When my mom comes home from work, she is exhausted.” Seriously....

Tiresome, Taxing, and Toxic Situations in Ministry

July 9, 2012 2:01 PM

Maybe you’ve heard the common expression, “church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints.” If you got into ministry thinking that the church is a utopia inhabited by “good Christian people” and free of inappropriate sexual...

Olympic Glory, Wildfire, and Brave

July 5, 2012 9:40 AM

To God Be the Olympic Glory It’s July, which means we now have less than a month until the 2012 Olympic Games begin in London. The quadrennial celebration of sport and global goodwill kicks off three weeks of swimming,...

Rise Up, Part 2

June 11, 2012 10:51 AM

As I mentioned in my previous post on Gifted for Leadership there’s a movement rising up within this generation of young adults. Among these young people are committed Christians who are determined to remain faithful to Jesus and make...

Rise Up, Part 1

June 6, 2012 1:48 PM

When you look at statistics about young adults, their faith, and the church, well, they don’t look pretty. More and more 20- and 30somethings are walking away from the faith of their childhood simply because they’ve yet to make...

How Women Are Uniquely Gifted for Leadership

February 15, 2012 9:38 AM

As I duck out of sight of the gathering congregation, the church’s AV guy hands me a clip-on microphone. Patting myself around the waist and hip region, what I already know will be the case is confirmed: my lady...

How Did Jesus Teach?

December 1, 2011 11:12 AM

Recently, a friend shared a conversation she’d had with another woman in leadership. “All she talked about is how no one will support her preaching, and how she’s having a hard time getting ordained. Not once did she talk about...

Hitting the Wall

September 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Every once in a while...especially in busy seasons of life or ministry, I hit the wall. I know I’ve hit the wall when: • I’ve reached my compliant quota. When one more complaint, question, or criticism will put me over...

Do You See What I See?

September 7, 2011 3:13 PM

My favorite Christmas song growing up was “Do You Hear What I Hear?” With each verse, the anticipation grows: Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you know what I know? Listen to what...

Trouble with Authority

July 20, 2011 4:55 PM

It didn’t take long to face opposition once I started a career in ministry. Of course, I had a lot of strikes against me from the start. First of all, I was young, fresh out of college, and in my...

What Shape Are You In?

June 22, 2011 1:41 PM

When I start to feel drained of energy, or when I snap at people or feel resentful when I'm asked to help, these are my clues that my life is out of shape. Usually saying yes to too many opportunities...

Rest

June 13, 2011 8:00 AM

As Christians, we live in a performance-based culture that measures success according to how much you can cram into your life. The more you do, the more you're doing, so to speak. This mentality has, by and large, infiltrated the...

Every Need Is Not a Call

June 6, 2011 2:00 PM

I frequently work with churches that are located in communities with multiple needs and issues. In urban neighborhoods, and more frequently now in suburbs and rural communities, you might find the following issues: high levels of unemployment, with families struggling...

Chasing after Glory

April 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Eleven months ago I stepped out of full-time ministry to give birth to my first child. After working for nine years as a pastor and one year as a hospital chaplain, I knew the transition from ministry to motherhood would...

Women's Ministry: Time to Get Back to Basics?

July 24, 2009 6:43 PM

With every opportunity to speak at women's ministry events, invariably the women of these churches never fail to surprise me with the many gifts and talents they have contributed to the preparations. Women's ministry teams seem to know almost innately...

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