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Mentoring as a Spiritual Discipline

Mentoring as a Spiritual Discipline

I was one of those church rats in middle and high school. You know, the kid who attended every event and function; who showed up early and stayed late. I always helped load and unload the bus on trip days. I ran check in tables, added more chairs when needed and handed out snacks. Yes, […]

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Getting Out of God’s Way

Getting Out of God’s Way

Editor’s Note: In the month of May, we’re focusing on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students – inviting them to meet God by introducing them to spiritual disciplines. Last week, we talked about the very helpful practice of “unplugging” as a way of starting this series. Today, we invite […]

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Helping Students Unplug

Helping Students Unplug

Note from the Editor: For the month of May, we’re focusing in on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students. We’ve spent April reflecting on the spiritual disciplines that have been of personal benefit (Intentional Space, Welcoming Prayer, Solitude, and Sabbath), but now we want to ask the question, “What […]

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Revisiting Sabbath

Revisiting Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. […]

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Welcoming Solitude as Our Teacher

Welcoming Solitude as Our Teacher

“In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 Entering the Fortress of Solitude One of my favorite places on earth is a tiny little shack nestled in a small forest hollow in Southern New York. Amongst a carpet of ferns and beside a quiet brook, this […]

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Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

About 15 years ago, I found myself struggling with fatigue and with pain in my muscles. After several months of trying to figure out what it was, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It took me some time to accept this diagnosis. I searched for another reason for why I felt so bad, something I could […]

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Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Sacred Cows and their Purple Step-Cousins We have all heard about Sacred Cows in ministry. It is an idea or custom that has risen unreasonably above criticism; carrying weight and influence; as if it were a sacred object. In ministry it is a program, a preferential tradition, paint color, namesake, contemporary song or building, among […]

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Caring After They Start

Caring After They Start

Last week on the blog, we looked at how we can care for our volunteers before they start serving. Did you miss it? If you did, go ahead and read it here first, because those ideas lay an important foundation for how we can care for our people after they start serving in our ministries. […]

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Caring before They Start

Caring before They Start

A few years ago, my good friend Bill challenged me with an idea that I’m sure will stick with me for a long time. He said, “Your job as a pastor is to steward well the gifts and stories of the people.” Bill unpacked what me meant by explaining the most important assets of any […]

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Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

As we continue thinking about caring well for the souls of our co-workers in the month of February, let me paint a picture of a conversation at a recent board meeting of a new not-for-profit ministry: Executive Director: “I’d like to propose to the board that we close the center on Fridays. I know that […]

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