Tag Archives: mentoring

The Role of Intentional Affirmation in Female Development

Who inspired you to be in ministry? It’s a question many of us can answer, but how often do we stop to consider if we have passed along the same gift? As ministry leaders there is an intentional, but simple, thing we can do to help women move toward ministry. It is important…

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Envisioning the Dream of Ministry

In a university setting, students are often asked a seemingly innocent question: “What are your plans for the future?” Although it sounds like small talk, the question can be quite difficult to answer. To answer this question, we must have a vision of possibilities for the future. A vision for future employment is…

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I Can’t Believe I Said That! When a Shepherd Mentors

Shepherd Bob and Preacher Lynn were wired up as near opposites. I have trouble keeping up with my keys, and uber-organized Bob called this a character flaw, while I accused Bob of thinking in rigid, boring columns. I like stories. He likes facts. He was left-brained: cerebral and analytical. I tend toward right-brained:…

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Shepherding with Paddle Strokes and Pigskin

Wally Bullington walks around in some of my favorite shepherding memories. Wally was a football coach, now retired, but still known by most people as “coach.” Wally loves God. And he shoots straight, but always with love and with warmth and follow-through. One scene I recall was during a church-wide father/child canoe trip…

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A Few Thoughts on Mentoring and Leadership

In the past few weeks I have had two great conversations with other leaders about the practice of mentoring. As I hung up from one of those phone conversations, I happened to pick up Mark Searby’s new book, The Resilient Pastor (Resource Publications, 2015). Mark is a friend who teaches at Beeson Divinity School; he…

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