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A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email. Executive Summary A new study finds that people tend to overestimate the power of their persuasiveness via text-based communication, and underestimate the power of their persuasiveness via face-to-face communication.

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

In one experiment, 45 participants were instructed to ask 10 strangers to complete a survey. Half the participants made the request over email, and half made it face-to-face. How to Stay Motivated in Fundraising. Three Reasons why You'll Never be Fully Funded. When Conflict Hits Your Ministry. Church has always been a necessary mystery for me—necessary because Jesus made it so clear that being the church is key to being a Christ-follower.

When Conflict Hits Your Ministry

It’s an essential part of the restoration we each need and long for. For me, “church” is a commandment I may not fully understand but yet choose to obey. Something happens when I worship, listen to a sermon, study the Bible, and pray in the presence of others: I feel a profound centering at my core. I am not alone. I can journey on in the company of brothers and sisters who “get” it. But it’s also been at church that I’ve learned how cruel, ignorant, and political Christ-followers can be.

How to Spot an Immature Prophet and What To Do About It. This is the second in a series of articles on recognizing immaturity in fivefold ministry and what to do about it.

How to Spot an Immature Prophet and What To Do About It

If you have no idea what fivefold ministry is, check out Alan Hirsch’s brief descriptions here, or JR Woodward’s video introduction here. Missional church planting isn’t easy. Shifting the Priorities of Church Leaders. By Neil Cole Jesus defined success differently.

Shifting the Priorities of Church Leaders

For Him, success could be summed up in three words: Faithfulness (Matt 25:21; Heb 11:6) fruitfulness (John 15:8) and finishing well (Matt 25:21; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). If these three things are what Jesus is looking for to determine our success then perhaps our priorities should reflect them. Christian leaders put so much emphasis on tasks at the expense of relationships, but actually, it is our relationships that will ultimately reveal our success or lack thereof. The diagram below reflects a variety of roles that a typical Christian leader can feel obliged to fill. As you look at the circles above imagine them on a potter’s wheel spinning fast. Leaders who perform well on the outside tasks get the most accolades and affirmations.

We simply must realign our priorities to reflect what is valuable in God’s kingdom. Follow Jesus to True Success This was Jesus’ pattern; he fulfilled all the roles. Jesus was not enamored by large crowds. Related. 3 Key Shifts that Could Change the Face of ... As a small child I remember tagging along with my mom to women's ministry meetings to spend the morning in the church basement making quilts and knitting baby items for missionaries across the world.

3 Key Shifts that Could Change the Face of ...

When this work was done, the women of mixed ages would gather around the table enjoying warm pieces of apple cake as they packed the items, sealing each box with brown packing tape and prayer. Sister Ella, the women's ministry leader, would paint a picture with her words, asking God to bless and protect the families, using the items to bring a bit of joy and helping them extend their reach. Amanda Palmer: The art of asking.

4 Myths That Are Getting in the Way of Your... Because of the nature of my role at 4word (a ministry to professional women), I spend a lot of time speaking to women about their calling.

4 Myths That Are Getting in the Way of Your...

On Being Matt Chandler's Roommate. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

On Being Matt Chandler's Roommate

—James 3:14 This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors. In other words, this is a story about jealousy. The Future of Women's Ministry. I can remember the days of my grandmother's women's ministry.

The Future of Women's Ministry

The church divided up the women into groups of eight to ten called "Circles. " Each group was named after a woman in the Bible. My grandmother was in Sarah Circle #3. They met biweekly for Bible study and dessert. If one of the women was sick the week that they were meeting, they would meet in the sick woman's home to provide extra anointing and prayer. Mommy Versus Ministry?

10 Difficult Truths About Ministry I Wish I Knew When I Started. These truths aren’t easy to accept, but they would have saved me nights of doubting and frustrations due to unmet (and unrealistic) expectations.

10 Difficult Truths About Ministry I Wish I Knew When I Started

Five years ago, I left a career as an engineer to serve the local church full-time. The first day, I walked into the church building giddy, like a school girl who just saw the finest dude ever. I think I skipped twice, then I noticed the lady cleaning the church building staring at me. Awkward. I was so excited. The honeymoon lasted like three months. Five years later, I still wonder why pastors are closed up in an office all day, but I love local church ministry. The path to this point wasn’t easy (the path moving forward won’t be easy either). Here we go! 1.) Two weeks before transitioning into full-time ministry, I went through the darkest time of my life. Here’s what I wish I knew before I got into ministry … while Satan targets everyone, he especially targets church leaders.