Good Work By Doug Cooper The words shot out of my mouth and slapped my dad in the face. “I will NEVER be a businessman like you are!” SLAP! “Business people focus on money and profit and things that make Christians take their eye off the ball!“ SLAP! “I have decided to be a pastor so I can concentrate on the stuff that really matters.” SLAP!
Leadership Coaching: Dedicated to Building Leadership Capacity By Matt Lewis, DMin Recently I heard eleven of the most affirming words a professor can hear from a student, “I wish I had learned this when I began my ministry.”
What We Do Matters Because What They Do Matters: Josh Sumpter By Will Gravitt Approaching his fourth year in full-time youth ministry, Josh loves the work of living alongside the kids in his community. Whether coaching a middle school basketball game, leading a retreat, or attending a student’s recital, he demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the students he is called to serve.
Crafting an Interior Ethic of Inclusion: Lessons From the Nativity By Dave Boling This Jesus-centered ethic of inclusion is wider than anything I can create in an ethical workplace. It is wider than what we hear from the world. While it strives to meet some of the same objectives as workplace ethics, it goes deeper and is more personal.
A Theology of Work By John Byron, PhD Most people will, at one time or another, complain about their job. I know I do. It’s easy to see what is wrong with everything and everyone around you and wish you could work someplace else. As the old saying goes, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
Bivocational Benefits By Jeff Slater When we think of bivocational pastors, we usually think of missionaries, small town pastors or church planters. But we should broaden our view. I’ve learned to see bivocational ministry in a new light.
Gordon: A Lasting Impact By Jerry Flora, Ph.D. On the first day of spring this year an old man died in Washington, D.C. Old men die in the city every day, but this one died in a hospice for the homeless. Ninety-five years of age, he actually was known and respected in many places. But there were no reporters or cameras present at his passing. He slept away quietly with Mary, his wife of seventy years, at his bedside, at home among the formerly homeless.
Letter From the President By John C. Shultz, Ph.D. During his teen years, my son struggled with how to answer people who were fairly certain that he was called to ministry. By “called to ministry” they meant a trajectory that included a ministry degree followed by a lifetime of work in a pastoral or para-church setting. While open to that call, he ultimately felt God leading him to become an insurance agent. Does this mean that as an insurance agent he is not “called to ministry?”