5 Terrible Reasons to Enter Vocational Ministry by Thom Rainer
Vocational ministry is a calling, not just another career. Here are five common misconceptions about entering full-time ministry and what you should carefully consider if you feel this call on your life.
I’ve seen too many people in vocational ministry fail to launch. Perhaps “launch” is not the best term, because they may stay in ministry for many years. But they never seem to do well. They never seem to have a peace. They seem like they are always trying to prove something.
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July with Your Family by Adam Richards
As you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our nation, here’s how to add new flare to your usual holiday traditions.
The Fourth of July is a special time of year when American families gather beneath the sweltering summer sun to express their patriotism by way of all-day barbeques, watermelon eating contests and hour-long firework displays. All that may sound glorious, but let’s face it: some Independence Day celebrations are as old as Old Glory herself.
Making Friends About Jesus by Cody Deevers
Church community groups are so much more than eating food and hanging out; they’re about making each other like Jesus. Cody explains practical ways your small group should be pointing each other to Christ and even “making things awkward” in the name of being honest and vulnerable with each other.
Like most churches, our church does groups. We call them Community Groups. We believe the most beautiful place to be broken and to mend, tell and be told the truth, and show and be shown compassion is in a community group. The vision for our community groups is “Making Friends About Jesus.”
If You’re Afraid of Not Measuring Up by Jennifer Rothschild
“When you became blind, were you afraid … your family would not love you?” This question from a young Chinese girl shocked Jennifer, but she was quick to see what was really being asked. She offers a beautiful explanation of God’s unconditional love for us based on who he is, not on who we are.
When I went to China, I got to meet some of Phil’s students. Oh, I guess I should tell you that was the reason we got to go on such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip; Phil was invited to teach at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China. While we were there, I got to visit his Venue Management class and meet his students.
Three Strategies to Avoid the Post-Vacation Blues by Shani Harmon and Renee Cullinan
You did the right thing and completelyunplugged during your vacation for total rest and relaxation, but now you face the back-to-work anxiety of a cluttered desk and endless email chains. These unique, practical tips help reduce anxiety and help you emerge from the vacation fog as smoothly as possible.
So, you took the plunge and went on vacation. Congratulations! But now, at T-1 before you have to fire back up your laptop, you’ve got a terrible case of Sunday night anxiety. So bad, in fact, it’s making you wonder whether you should’ve even gone in the first place…