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Articles | May 23, 2017

Growing in Cultural Intelligence: An Option or a Must?

by Luke Bobo

Pastors who belong to the majority culture must become more competent in their cultural intelligence (CQ) – where CQ is defined as one’s ability “to function effectively across various cultural contexts.” (1)  Pastors must grow in their CQ for at least two reasons: First, there is a seismic demographic shift occurring. By 2040, today’s majority […]


Book Reviews and Summaries | May 22, 2017

Book Review: The Imperfect Pastor

by Wesley Dean Martin

  “Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster.” This philosophy of Daft Punk is what many pastors have taken to heart for how they go about their pastoral work. Even if we do not pursue it in this way, all pastors are at least tempted to try and be bigger, better, and faster. But Zack Eswine in The […]


Articles | May 18, 2017

Pastoring Your Emotions

by MTF Staff

We’ve all heard stories or read news articles of pastors flying off the handle at a colleague or getting involved in an affair. At the root of such behaviors isn’t the head, but the heart. Isn’t that why Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”? […]


Articles | May 16, 2017

Discerning Our Leadership

by MTF Staff

When pastors are whole and integrated, their leadership is whole and integrated. Yet often times, pastors find themselves frustrated with the responsibilities that leadership entails or they find themselves indwelling multiple roles in a given day. In 2016, New City Commons set out to clarify pastoral leadership roles with the hope that pastors can clarify […]


MTF News | May 15, 2017

We’re Hiring – Director of Marketing and Communications

Made to Flourish is currently looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications. Learn more about the position by viewing the job description. To apply for the position, please complete an application and send it along with a cover letter and resume to employment@madetoflourish.org.


Articles | May 11, 2017

How Hard is Ministry on Pastors’ Families?

We recognize that personal wholeness deeply impacts our relationships. Valuing the whole person requires nurturing relationships. There’s no doubt that a healthy family strengthens pastors, whether the pastor is single, married, separated, male or female. But what makes a pastor’s family healthy as they experience both the benefits and challenges of this unique role? The authors […]


Articles | May 9, 2017

Burning On, Not Burning Out: Principles of Self-Care

“Self-care is the wisdom to ensure, as far as humanly possible, a wise and orderly work that conserves and lengthens a pastor’s ministry. It means understanding the meaning of positive health and working toward it as a way of ensuring that we will remain effective in the great work God has given us to do.”  […]


Articles | May 4, 2017

The Pastor’s Integral Life

In our last post, we learned that our formation is inextricably connected to our vocation. As Lisa Slayton of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation stated, “If we only focus on the theology of Faith, Work, and Economics (the intellect) and the practice (the strategy and tactics) and not invest in the heart and soul, we will […]