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Leadership in Ministry Feature: Vanessa Ellison
Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.
Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations and organizations. Participants gain insight from learning with others while sharing their unique vocational challenges and... + Read More
It Only Takes a Few of Them
The forced termination of clergy remains one of the most difficult, and often tragic, issues for congregations.
It can take a congregation years to recover from the forced termination of a pastor—and so, also, for the pastor.
A single episode can become a nodal event that shapes a congregation’s culture for... + Read More
What "They" Said
told me all sorts of things when I graduated from seminary.
“You’ll be great for some Korean church somewhere,” said a small Southern church pastor after I preached to his all-white congregation.
“Come back and help out our new associate pastor as his assistant,” said... + Read More