Tag Archives: ministers

Confessions from the Wilderness

I recently made a fairly public confession about my personal life: I struggle with depression. And while “confession” is definitely not the right word to use for this scenario, I maintain that it feels right simply because I feel guilty for being depressed. I feel called to inspire hope and joy in my…

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Dispatch from the Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative

I’m currently with 23 other ministers at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center near Dallas. We are here as part of the Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative, coordinated and directed by the Siburt Institute at Abilene Christian University. CMI is now in its third year. As the name suggests, the aim of the program is to…

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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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Hospitality Ministry: As Old as Pentecost

Our church is launching a new hospitality initiative to better engage our guests on Sundays. So I’ve been reading the book of Acts, paying attention to what this story of the early church teaches about being a community toward which people gravitate. My approach is simple: Anytime Luke says the church grew (which…

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Top 5 CHARIS Posts in 2017

As managing editor of our Church channel, I get to work with a team of insightful, gifted writers who think deeply about God, the world, spiritual health, ministry, current events, Scripture, and so much more. As we lean into 2018, I’m pleased to look back on 2017 and share with you these most-read…

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How to Keep Your Rural Minister through the Harvest

The need of rural America for the redemptive promise and power of the gospel has never been greater. Rampant addiction, an unprecedented breakdown of the family, and rapidly aging and dwindling churches are among the greatest challenges facing this predominantly overlooked mission field. What has been affectionately described as the heartland of America,…

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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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