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5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry
5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers Bivocational ministry is a calling from God just the same as the call to fully funded ministry. For churches making the transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational one, here are 5 challenges to keep in mind.

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The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry
The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry

By: Angela Jackson In a household with two bivocational ministers, working bivocationally has granted us tremendous creative, intellectual and relational freedom to pursue ministry interests and passions outside the local church.

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Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers
Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers

By: Ira Antoine As membership continues to decline in small and medium-size churches, bivocational ministers will be needed more than ever. How will our denominations meet the needs of these ministers?

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To Stand Against Hate, We All Need Good Neighbors
To Stand Against Hate, We All Need Good Neighbors

By: Nick Lear Recent hate-motivated attacks reveal it's not enough for our society to tolerate our neighbors; we must love them. When we all love our neighbors, we build a brick-by-brick defense against hate.

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As Health Care Safety Net Rends, A Time for Lament
As Health Care Safety Net Rends, A Time for Lament

By: Molly T. Marshall As political decisions threaten basic access to healthcare by the poor, we need to let the powerful words of the psalms of lament direct our prayers and heal our wounded hearts.

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Stop Your Deadly Words Before They Spread Like Wildfire
Stop Your Deadly Words Before They Spread Like Wildfire

By: Chuck Summers The words we use can be deadly, like a fire. They can hurt people and destroy lives. While you can't control what people say, you can control what one person says. You.

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How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive
How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive

By: Roger Olson For some churches, their patriotic God-and-country worship service at Independence Day is a proverbial sacred cow. How can pastors phase out these nationalistic worship services without losing their pulpits?

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 When Pastors Must Balance Between Good Cop, Bad Cop
When Pastors Must Balance Between Good Cop, Bad Cop

By: Mike Massar Pastoring a church requires a delicate balance. At times, you're the good cop, compassionately meeting the church's needs. Other times, you're the bad cop, speaking truth when it can be hard to hear.

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Finding Strength in Your Vulnerability
Finding Strength in Your Vulnerability

By: Brent McDougal We live in a vulnerable world. Many people fear feeling unprotected and emotionally exposed. It's tempting to put up walls and hide behind them. Those walls ultimately destroy the very thing we want to protect.

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Gospel's 'Miracle Message' Frees Ingrained Thinking
Gospel's 'Miracle Message' Frees Ingrained Thinking

By: Colin Harris It's difficult, if not impossible, for people steeped in certain beliefs and attitudes, such as racism, to escape the chains of those beliefs to see the world a different way. But the gospel can transform are ingrained thinking.

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Christianity Flourishes in Increasingly Urbanized China
Christianity Flourishes in Increasingly Urbanized China

By: Curtis Ramsey-Lucas As China's population shifts from rural to urban settings, Protestant congregations are growing because they've been effective at community building. Does that have implications for churches outside of China?

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When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian
When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian

By: Bill Wilson Dwindling attendance. Lower offerings. When the bottom line starts to slide, too many churches resort to a practice rooted in the Old Testament. It's called scapegoating.

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The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat
The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat

By: Zach Dawes A sense of responsibility for the common good of the world and everyone in it has taken a back seat to immediate progress for the individual person, group or nation. But this me-first mindset isn't sustainable.

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6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability
6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability

By: Mark Tidsworth Given our larger cultural context of incivility and low regard for leadership in general, it's not surprising that pastors are more vulnerable than ever before. Here are 6 ways to reduce it.

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Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same
Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same

By: David Kerrigan
Are all Baptists card-carrying evangelicals? To answer that, we must first define what evangelical means. That definition means contemporary Baptist identity is at times at odds with evangelical ideology.

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Which Comes First? Church, Mission or Discipleship
Which Comes First? Church, Mission or Discipleship

By: Stuart Blythe In some circles, debate swirls around which is most important - church, mission or discipleship. However, the three belong in an integrated relationship where none can really claim the priority.

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How Your Church Can Be Kind on Father's Day
How Your Church Can Be Kind on Father's Day

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan On Father's Day, churches should not only celebrate the vast array of what fatherhood looks like in our society but also acknowledge the grief this day holds for many.

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No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians
No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians

By: James Gordon When it comes to care for God's creation, Christians aren't in a neutral position. Reckless disregard for the health of this planet is an offense to deep principles of Christian theology.

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5 Considerations to Help Your Church Reach Baby Boomers
5 Considerations to Help Your Church Reach Baby Boomers

By: Tony Brooks While many churches are throwing most of their resources into reaching young families, one of the largest generations, the baby boomers, is often overlooked. Here's how to turn that around.

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Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion
Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion

By: Jon Kuhrt We can't disconnect violent extremism from its religious roots, whether that's Islam or Christianity. Religion provides resources for oppressors and those fighting for peace and liberation. We must judge them by their actions.

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Playing Tune on Diversity's Keyboard Takes Practice
Playing Tune on Diversity's Keyboard Takes Practice

By: Jim Kelsey Mastering diversity in our churches is like playing music on a piano. You're going to fumble as you learn the tune, but you're going to get better the more you practice.

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If You No Longer Believe, Does Your Faith Vanish?
If You No Longer Believe, Does Your Faith Vanish?

By: Ron Rolheiser Most people who claim no religious affiliation say they no longer believe, but does this mean they have lost faith? Ceasing to believe in something isn't the same thing as losing one's faith.

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How Your Church Benefits from Planning Liturgy
How Your Church Benefits from Planning Liturgy

By: Molly T. Marshall Worship is not for spectators. It's more than the regular work of the choir, musicians and pastoral staff. When churches observe the Christian year, they open up space for creative artistry in all the congregants.

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10 Ways to Vanquish Fear and Trust God's Love
10 Ways to Vanquish Fear and Trust God's Love

By: Robert Guffey Letting fear rule our behavior to the point of seeing all strangers as potential perilous sources makes no sense for people of faith. It's time Christians trust the perfect, suffering, reconciling love of God.

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Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity
Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity

By: Barry Howard Churches are more diverse than ever in many different ways. Whether or not that diversity has a positive or negative effect hinges on how ministers and ministry leaders navigate it.

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