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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: “God is in all of it”

Chaplain (Major) Nathan Mclean speaks with a group of Soldiers in the field. (Official U.S. Army Photo) When Chaplain Steve Blackwell answered the call to Army Reserve chaplaincy, he was five times disqualified. Now, he’s a gold badge recruiter. What led you to chaplaincy service? Were you in full-time ministry before that? Chaplain Blackwell: I […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: Military ministry offers a new road to growth

Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Whitlock prays with a group of Soldiers and Civilians. (Official U.S. Army Photo) After extensive work in South America, Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders returns to the U.S. and finds a new way to minister   Returning to the U.S. — and a new role Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders’ decision to become a […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: Chaplaincy becomes a perfect fit — the second time around

Chaplain (Captain) Dennis Stene speaks with a Soldier. (Official U.S. Army Photo) Six years after traditional ministry, an idea previously contemplated turns in to a new — and exciting — opportunity to minister After 10 years in human resources, Chaplain Captain Recruiter Ted Hamm made the decision to go to seminary in Charlotte, N.C. It […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: A tale of two Army chaplains

Official U.S. Army Photo One is a 24-year active-duty chaplain. The other is a Reserve-duty chaplain called into active duty. Both say they’re right where they need to be. Always where the action is Born, raised and educated in Poland, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Jerzy Rzasowski (“Father George”) has been a priest for 33 years — […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: An unconventional path to Army chaplaincy

Chaplain (Captain) Mary O’Malley speaks with a Soldier inside an Army Hospital. (Official U.S. Army Photo) For Chaplain Major Sharon Browne, D.Min., the road to active-duty chaplaincy was, as she calls it, “a bit circuitous.” At 19, Browne joined the Army and, as an enlisted Soldier, became a Christian. The example of a female drill […]

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Answering an administrative calling

Simeon May, Phill Martin & The Church Network™ have driven the ministry of better church management since 1956 By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Church administration professionals are called to their roles in much the same way any church leader is called. In order to provide thought leadership and specialized training to these unique professionals, it’s a mindset […]

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Advancements in MDiv & DMin Training: a remote roundtable discussion

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How seminaries and universities are making graduate studies more accessible for busy full-time church leaders In general, have full-time church leaders shown increased interest in MDiv and DMin training in recent years? Christopher Reeves: Yes — church leaders today face more challenging responsibilities in leading their churches. Also, research shows that employers and students now […]

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Justice, relevance and authenticity

By Trevor Eppehimer, Ph.D. “Social relevance” serves as a holy grail for those whose careers depend on the ability to identify current patterns of thinking and spot contemporary cultural trends. Success follows, conventional wisdom holds, the politician, recording artist, filmmaker, or company that can locate, commodify and project “social relevance.” In North America, where persons […]

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It was just FIVE WORDS

  I remember sitting in a one-week intensive class, watching a video by photographer Dewitt Jones.  He talked about his travels for National Geographic and how the scenes he captured and the people he met impacted his perspective on the world. Jones talked about an interview with a life-seasoned woman known for her weaving. When […]

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Leadership training for pastors

3 continuing education experts examine the most in-demand offerings for today’s busy church leaders As your educational institute develops its advanced education offerings, what areas of need are emerging most from church leaders? Powell: Several key leadership concepts come to mind. The first is emotional intelligence. It stresses the importance of self-awareness, social awareness, empathy […]

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