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A Month of Sundays

Chelsey Buttrey
While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” Matthew 17:5 This is one of the most difficult texts in the Gospels to preach from. What do […]

Becoming Compassionate Leaders

Chelsey Buttrey
Nehemiah faced one of the of the most complicated and most documented leadership challenges ever when God called him to oversee rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. At the time, Nehemiah lived a thousand miles from Jerusalem and served as the cupbearer to the most powerful king of the day. Warlords in the area around Jerusalem […]

For-Prophet Leadership

Pastor Resources
The pastor walked slowly toward the podium as I sat on the stage behind him, waiting to be introduced. Clearing his throat, the pastor nervously shared, “My wife and I are grateful for the opportunity to serve here, but we’ve decided to resign as your pastors.” Gasps from shocked congregants ricocheted around the room, followed […]

Rest is Productive

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When our third man cub was four years old, we experienced a year of him unexplainably waking throughout the night, screaming and crying. Troy and I (mostly Troy because he’s a very kind husband) would be in and out of bed seven or eight times a night that entire year, trying to console a little […]

The Time to Pivot is Now

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Throughout the 1990s I served as the student ministries pastor in a thriving, suburban church in Little Rock, AR, that grew from 2,000 to 5,000 attending members in eight years. In that time and place, money was not an issue. Tithes and offerings provided more than enough to cover the budget and advance new ministry […]

Pastors: Transforming Wounds into Wisdom

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Jolyn Davidson is a licensed psychotherapist in practice for over thirty years. Davidson has been a consultant for and trainer of pastors and leaders of non-profit Christian ministries and for-profit organizations here and abroad. She is a consultant to practitioners of a variety of disciplines, contributing author to several psychotherapy books, and author of the […]

Encouragement For Leaders – ALONE

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“Turn to me and be gracious to me for I am lonely and afflicted.” Palms. 25:16 Alone! Why do I feel so alone in the leadership of this ministry? With dozens of people around me, I feel separate, isolated and cut off. What am I supposed to do, Lord? Do I carry this responsibility alone? […]

Vocational Ministry’s Forbidden Question

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Church leaders, have you ever asked yourself the forbidden question in ministry? You know the one—it goes something like this, “Am I really made for this?” If you have, then you likely felt some level of frustration, guilt, shame or condemnation toward yourself right away. You probably chastised yourself with the natural defensive response, of […]