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Where mission and formation intersect

Where mission and formation intersect

A while back I posted a blog entry from Mark Fields with Vineyard Missions about how much better his board meeting went when he scheduled spiritual formation retreats just before them. Mark makes some interesting points about how mission and formation intersect. He...

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Serenity prayer: the complete version

Serenity prayer: the complete version

I looked up the serenity prayer online-- and found the complete version! Apparently, the original version was longer, and was written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. It's something that not only works well for people in recovery, but if you think about it we all need...

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Rocky ground

Rocky ground

When people feel called to a difficult mission field, make sure they have a history of fruitfulness where the ground is fertile. They need to have demonstrated the capacity for effective ministry. Otherwise, how would you expect any different results where the ground...

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Organizing for results

Organizing for results

I had a great coaching conversation recently with a ministry leader in which we strategically organized his time and energy to get the specific results he was looking for. Q: What do you want to see happen? A: I want to start a movement-- something that is...

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Don’t underestimate the Holy Spirit

Don’t underestimate the Holy Spirit

People can listen to the Holy Spirit better than you think they can. At a recent consultation I did, I started out the way I usually do: meeting with the leaders to unpack their strengths, concerns, and vision. Then I led them into a time of questions and listening to...

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