Posts in Ministry and Leadership

Pre-Marital Counseling Asian-American Style, Part Two

By Ben Shin Apr. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

In my last blog, I discussed the concept of how the parent-child relationship is viewed differently from an Eastern Asian style than a Western American style. With this difference comes the difficulty of “leaving and cleaving” as found in Genesis 2:25. This also relates to obedience from parents for a lifetime since being a child is viewed more as a permanent status rather than an age range. This is also coupled with a long-term care of the parents supported by passages such as 1 Timothy 5:8 which states that if one does not care for his family that he is worse than an unbeliever.

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The Meaning of "Head," Part One

By John McKinley Apr. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I’ve begun reading into the topic of women and men in ministry. I noticed immediately that the concept of “head” stands out in the debate between egalitarian and complementarian interpretations. As a metaphor, the concepts and specific applications intended by Paul can be elusive. For help, I turned to an expert on the subject, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall. Below are her explanations of four questions as part of beginning to explore the meaning of “headship.”

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Women of the Resurrection

By Nell Sunukjian Apr. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

Don’t you love it when you have good news to tell? “He loves me,” “I got the promotion,” “a baby is coming,”  “my grades are better”—news we want to tell someone. Someone who will be glad for us. Someone who will recognize the importance of what we are telling them.

When two angels announced the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, they gave that good news to women. Women—who were considered to be unreliable messengers and couldn’t even testify in court—women were given the honor of passing on the best news ever transmitted—Jesus is alive!

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Critical Issues in Ministry with Children: What Should We Aim For? How Can We Get There?

By Kevin Lawson Apr. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

It’s been awhile since I have posted on the Good Book Blog. Since I come back to post a few times a year, I want to begin with an area of ministry that is very dear to my heart – ministry with children. In many ways, I think the church in general has a very mixed view of ministry with children. On the one hand we recognize that children are a gift, and we value them highly. On the other hand, we may often feel that “real ministry” takes place with youth and adults. Perhaps it is that we more readily see the impact of our teaching with youth or adults, and in ministry with children it is harder to see significant changes. What we may miss out on is seeing the powerful foundational nature of ministry with children that sets life directions and patterns that “bloom” later in adulthood. I, for one, recognize the critical importance of ministry with children, and the impact it can have for a lifetime. In this blog, and the one that will follow, I’ll be talking about the kinds of ministry objectives we should be aiming for in ministry with children, and some models of ministry for those who serve the children in their congregations. What I share here is adapted and expanded from some material I wrote as part of Introducing Christian Education and Formation, by Ron Habermas, published by Zondervan (2008).

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Skills vs. Character: Which is More Important in Ministry Leaders?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Have you ever noticed how often we rank skills over character?

You’re seeking to hire someone for a job. Which is more important? Skills for the job, or the character of the one seeking the job? In almost every hiring situation, skills are the focus (though I have heard that Human Resources folks are increasingly Facebook and Instagram-stalking potential employees in an attempt to ascertain whatever they can about applicants’ private lives.)

I would like to suggest that in Christian ministry, character should be weighted over skills.

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¿Qué Piensan Hacer Usted y Su Iglesia Durante la Cuaresma?

By Octavio Esqueda Apr. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

La navidad y la pascua son los dos eventos claves en el calendario cristiano. En la navidad celebramos la encarnación de Hijo de Dios quien se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. En la pascua recordamos la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. Aunque conmemoramos dos acontecimientos, la realidad es que ambos están unidos porque Jesús nació para morir y darnos vida a través de su resurrección de entre los muertos.  No se puede explicar la navidad sin la pascua y viceversa.

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Are You an Anticipator or an Avoider?

By Gary McIntosh Mar. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

While watching a recent car race on television, I was impressed by the new technology that racing teams are using to improve performance.  Advanced computer technology now allows crew chiefs to monitor nearly every aspect—fuel usage, engine pressure, wheel alignment, and numerous other aspects—that affect the performance of the car.  In fact it’s possible to know the exact set up of an automobile so precisely that another car can be set up just like it.  With all of the technology, one might think that race cars would be set up so much alike that very little difference would be observed on race day.  But, some cars continue to do better at winning than others.

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