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Calling

Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planter, pastoring, indicators, teaching, children, calling, gifts, ministry initiation, multiplication, personal wiring, dissatisfaction
There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are subcategories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, young, meaning, privilege, importance, calling, qualifications, gravity, people, entrepreneurship, point
“So, you’re going to be a pastor.” Have you heard that before—perhaps from a co-worker, family member or long-time friend? Even more, have you wondered what they mean? What is the underlying meaning of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 June 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational ministry, challenge, calling, congruity, time management, options, thankfulness, retreat, time off
Pastor John puts away his tools for the day. His shift at the construction site ends in 10 minutes. Already, he has begun switching gears and thinking through the evening ahead. Tonight is the board meeting, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Steve Murrell, secrets, success, ministry, Ignite 2013, Every Nation ministries, Manila, calling, commitment, community, concentration, honor God, make disciples
What a week it was! Deborah and I attended Ignite 2013 along with over 9000 Filipino students plus hundreds of students and Every Nation campus missionaries from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Matt Maiberger, equip, students, preach, youth pastor, calling, full-time ministry, invest, relationally
When I was 16 years old, I had my first opportunity to preach in a church service. I was nervous as could be. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. For some strange reason, my youth pastor felt it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 February 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Steve Murrell, Charateristics, Leader, Calling, Humility, Integrity, Vision
While reading my Bible recently, I scribbled some notes in my journal. Then I thought that both leaders who read this blog might find these thoughts helpful. So I’m transforming them into this blog, if ... [ +++ ]
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