Category: Leadership

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A Call to Next-Generation Female Leaders

Next Gen female leaders, there is a place for you in the SBC – locally, at the associational, state, national, and international level! Your desire for diversity and authenticity brings [...]
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Every Pastor Needs a Coach

Baptists aren’t known for drinking cocktails, only Kool-Aid, right? But CSBC is offering a cocktail of resources that are a powerful one-two punch, not in your gut, but in the [...]
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三類願景:來自Lifeway 研究的啟發

To read this story in English, click here. Lifeway Research 最近公佈的《婦女事工現狀報告》顯示,婦女事工帶領者認為她們最需要發展的兩個領域是招募領袖以及異象和方向。[1] 如果像許多帶領者所說的那樣,有一個清晰的異象是一個組織最大的推動力之一,那麼教會最好能與婦女事工帶領者合作,幫助她們為自己的事工擬訂異象,並幫助她們實現這個異象,以吸引和裝備更多的婦女成為領導者。 異象目標的範圍可分為三大類:關乎自己的異象、對自己影響範圍內之人的異象,以及對超越自身影響力所及之廣大人群的異象。其中每一類都與婦女事工有關,特別是在讓更多的婦女成為婦女事工領袖時更是如此。 順服—對自己的異象 在 Lifeway 的研究中發現,婦女事工領袖決定在教會中領導婦女事工的最主要因素是感受到呼召,對絕大多數人來說,是來自神的呼召,而不是來自人的呼召。事實上, 77% 的人認為呼召是一個要素,只有 28% 的人是被人要求來帶領的。[2] 這並不一定意味著其餘的人沒有被要求,而是說即使是被人要求,這些來自人的要求也不是她們決定步上領導職位的原因,這些婦女是因為順服主在她們生命中的引領才如此決定的。 對於那些順服主呼召成為事工領袖的人來說,她們計算回應呼召的代價時,總是在困難之中做出決定,因為這往往涉及到犧牲;高達 83% 的婦女事工領袖都是以志工或無報酬的職員身份來參與服事。[3] 然而,那些做出回應的人都體認到順服主是值得的。她們對順服從主而來的異象和渴望遠大於對安逸的渴望。 雖然呼召並非教會所能製造的,但教會可以幫助人們以順服主為異象,在順服主的道路上前行,並求神呼召合適的婦女擔任領袖,同時也提供機會讓婦女們能回應主的呼召。 門徒訓練—對自己影響範圍內之人的異象 婦女事工帶領者決定進入事奉的第二大因素,是 55% [...]
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Politics and the Pulpit

Politics and election season are well on their way in 2024. Political banter is increasing, lines are drawn in the sand, and pundits are promulgating their views. It occurs at [...]
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The Revival of Bi-vocational Ministry

In today’s rapidly changing world, the concept of bi-vocational ministry is becoming increasingly pertinent, especially within the context of the escalating cost of living, notably in regions like California. Data [...]
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Telling HIS Story Through YOUR Story

“A story or narrative is a CONNECTED series of events told through words (written or spoken), imagery (still and moving), body language, performance, music, or any other form of communication.” [...]
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The Beauty of Bi-Vocational Ministry

I don’t often think of myself as a bi-vocational pastor, but I suppose I am, given the fact that I am a Professor of Church History at California Baptist University [...]
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ARE YOU EXHAUSTED?

Exhaustion stands at the forefront as the leading cause of burnout among pastors.  The American Psychological Association’s David Ballard, PsyD, describes job burnout as “an extended period of time where [...]
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The Healthy Pastor Challenge

Pastors do what they do for the love of God and the love of those they shepherd. The pastor’s role is a calling by God. Across our California State Convention, [...]
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