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Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Challenging My Ministry Mind As a pastor, you know the importance of continuing to learn and grow in your leadership. Our world is changing fast, and we need to challenge our thinking and keep it sharp. In this “Thrive in Five,” David Drury, pastor and chief of staff...
Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change

Today is my fifteenth anniversary. And instead of cruising through a blue Caribbean sea, or driving through the sparkle of big city lights, we are spending it staying still. Living with my parents. Almost all of our worldly possessions are in a storage unit ten...
Wesleyan Coaching Network 2.0

Wesleyan Coaching Network 2.0

Tom, a local church pastor, was struggling with how to lead his board well. He would present his vision and some ideas, but they never seemed to take ownership and join Tom on the journey to reach those goals. He’d tried several different approaches, but now he felt...
Friendship

Friendship

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C. S. Lewis   I am an extrovert. I like being around people and I thrive on conversations. I’ve been accused of smiling too much and,...
Wonderfully Made

Wonderfully Made

Imagine an ultrasound picture of a precious baby. Or better yet, imagine holding that child in your hand while reading this Psalm (139): 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and...
God is Bigger Than This

God is Bigger Than This

I never dreamed of being a pastor’s wife.  Never did a thought enter my mind that it would be a possibility for me.  In fact, when a friend wanted to introduce me to my future husband, I told her no because the thought of dating a pastor was so odd to me. Well, here I...
Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Leadership that is Christian Henri Nouwen challenges us to remember that all leadership that is Christian must be grounded in the greater reality of God’s love. Nouwen provides important ballast to Wesleyan ministry leaders since, according to the latest research...
Thrive In 5:  Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

Thrive In 5: Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

            Peacefulness through Prayer May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34 This Lent I (Dr. Toddy Holeman) committed to engage in 20 minutes of centering prayer every day until Easter. Centering...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive Financial Initiative The Wesleyan Church was blessed with a second million-dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment. The program, offered through Education & Clergy Development, is called the Thrive Financial Initiative (TFI) and is designed to help pastors...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Cultivating Friendships

Thrive In 5: Relational- Cultivating Friendships

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others as well as with God. Too much isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, and sense of abandonment. Our perceptions can become distorted. A healthy pastor will...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Empathizing with others

Thrive In 5: Relational- Empathizing with others

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others. As pastors who love, it is essential that we empathize with others: to feel what others feel. People must sense that we understand them. People will know that we...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Insurance Needs

Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Insurance Needs

  Stewardship includes taking healthy care of ourselves so we can be there for others. It also involves thinking ahead to care for those we love in the event of a tragedy. Some believe that purchasing life insurance indicates a lack of faith in God’s...
Thrive in 5: Physical- Caring for your Body

Thrive in 5: Physical- Caring for your Body

Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” implying that our physical bodies and energy levels do have an impact—for better or worse—on our spiritual lives and ability to be there for others. If we do not maintain good physical health...
Thrive In 5: Intellectual Lifelong Learning

Thrive In 5: Intellectual Lifelong Learning

As a pastor, you are a Christian spiritual leader of others. You know how vital it is to your well-being to maintain an active intellectual life and engage key leadership practices. Here are five suggestions that can help you stay ahead of the curve and position...