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Transitioning to military chaplaincy

Before making the leap, survey the landscape — prerequisites, daily duties, education, training, and traits that can help set you apart.

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Charles Jenkins: transformational leader

At 24, Charles Jenkins took up the pastoral reins of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Fellowship Chicago) following the retirement in December 2000 of its legendary founding pastor the Rev. Clay Evans, who served the church for 50 years.

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How to work with the Second Chair (Part 1)

Perhaps no other staff relationship is more important on the church staff than the relationship between the Senior Pastor and the Second Chair, whether that second chair person carries the title, Executive Pastor, COO or something else.

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What pastors aren’t told in seminary

James Emery White has been both a seminary student and a seminary president (Gordon Conwell-Theological Seminary)

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Managerial hurdles

Much debate exists in the academic world on the difference between managers and leaders.

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The importance of hanging out

The Great Commission requires that we enter

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Staying alive: Defusing the emotional time bomb in pastoral work

Ministry is challenging and difficult work that takes it toll on the pastor, his family and often the congregation too. This individual’s story sets the tone for an interview Church Executive sought out on pastoral stress and burnout. Daniel Spaite is a physician and tenured professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ, and the son of a retired senior pastor. He authored a book, Time Bomb in the Church: Defusing Pastoral Burnout

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A campus renovation leads to spiritual transformation

Established in 1964, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta, GA, consisted of 250 families that gathered to worship in the cafeteria of a local high school in what was once suburban Atlanta. Within a few years, property was purchased and a temporary worship facility was built.

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Megachurch pastors are transformed in Israel

“I never realized how significant a trip to Israel could be” was the universal response of the pastors and wives sitting around a table at the Scots Hotel near the Sea of Galilee. These individuals were the second group of megachurch leaders to be hosted by the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) in a new initiative to encourage every megachurch pastor in the United States to have a personal Israel experience.

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The Refinery, a place for remaking young lives

t’s called The Refinery, for the young lives it is intended to mold and refine, who use its facilities. Saddleback Church’s youth center that opened more than a year ago is as much a community center too, providing a venue for events, weddings and sports.

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