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What Is a Pastor’s God-given Duty?

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”[1] Just as many Americans answered John F. Kennedy’s call to duty for their country, pastors are answering God’s call to duty for the Body of Christ. Sadly, many pastors find their congregations expect their pastor […]

Three Ways We Get Vocation Wrong

A huge chunk of your life revolves around your work. It isn’t just clocking in, clocking out, and everything between. You plan your entire day around your work. It determines when you wake up, when you go to sleep, when you eat, and when you play. When it comes to being a Christian who works, […]

What it Means to Live and Lead from the Center

Word-plays on “the center” and “centering” have come to my attention often in my new role at the Artios Center for Vibrant Leadership.  Books I’ve read that highlight this concept regularly pop back up on my radar screen. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes “Each of us has a center, […]

Always More to Learn: An Interview with Karen Stacy

On Sabbath morning you’ll find Karen Stacy in her classroom captivating the group of busy, bustling children around her. Though small in stature herself, she maintains a balance of gentleness and command. Occasionally she’ll throw in a little song to help her students focus as they learn. Her goal? That each child will develop a […]

Choosing Obedience: An Interview with Andrea Slawson

“When obedience is in the ascendant, He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist you with all His Almighty power.” – Oswald Chamber For alumna Andrea Slawson, this quote hits home. Having earned a Certificate in Biblical Studies and an Associate in Christian Leadership through Artios Christian College, Andrea […]

Why You Should Build a Leadership Team

Artios Christian College knows the benefits of working as a leadership team from firsthand experience. Leadership, especially in ministry, can be lonely. Ephesians 4:11-12 describes several different leadership roles for different people in a team to fulfill in order to build up the church body. God did not design leadership to be isolating. Rather, God […]

How Roman Christians Responded to Corrupt Rulers

Not a month goes by that we don’t hear an allegation of corruption regarding one or more of our governing leaders. Even the thought that our leaders could consider themselves above the law is downright maddening. Or perhaps we think that a politician’s policies – or proposed policies – are dangerous. We question their motivations. […]

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3 Areas Everyday Christian Leaders Practice Contentment

Contentment is a quality of everyday Christian leaders. Contrary to the allure of worldly ambition, Christians leaders practice contentment in 3 main areas.

Why We Keep Singing Together: Examining Our Approach

How do we navigate a universal function of the corporate body that our culture is slowly viewing with lessening fervor? Is singing in a church setting meaningful anymore? Is it a valuable part of who we are or simply a part of service?

Why We Keep Singing Together: Building Each Other Up

My local church’s worship team is really tremendous. Vocals, drums, guitars, piano—all very talented. Yet they just can’t quite measure up to my favorite worship band and they rarely play any of the songs on my faves list. Don’t get me wrong, I like our pastor (oh, wait, I am the pastor) but he just […]