Change in Ministry

Rev. Gideon Aggenbag

Friday, December 30, 2016
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Our beloved Shepherd did it in divine perfection. We, however, have our human limitations. We have our ups, but frequently, also our downs. We do not always understand why but we must consider change. It’s a part of life and a part of our spiritual growth. Without it we stay where we are. However, we must also consider this, “change” should not develop into mere “entertainment” with irrelevant frills.
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    A Letter of Encouragement
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  2. The Value of a Missionary Debriefing
    04 Jun, 2017
    The Value of a Missionary Debriefing
    We all know there are many types of people in the world. But in debriefing settings, they very frequently boil down to people who like to talk, and people who don’t. For a long time, I fell into the second category. After all, I grew up on the mission field. I knew how all of this worked and I didn’t see a particular need to talk about feelings. Adapting was just part of life. But my opinion on all types of debriefing has changed completely.
  3. Philemon 1:25- Having Faith
    26 May, 2017
    Philemon 1:25- Having Faith
    Having Faith, Not Worry There's something amazing about the summer. Schools are out. Families are planning trips, and churches are preparing for camps and summer activities. Last year, the church I am serving in now started doing something it had never done- something called "Hang Time" at the church. What this was and continues to be is this block of time Tuesdays through Thursdays where our church doors are open to the youth in the community. I had never done anything like that. I was
  4. Find Balance in Life
    20 May, 2017
    Find Balance in Life
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  5. Zephaniah 3:17; Approaching Stress in Ministry
    09 May, 2017
    Zephaniah 3:17; Approaching Stress in Ministry
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  6. Connecting with Families in Ministry
    05 May, 2017
    Connecting with Families in Ministry
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    21 Apr, 2017
    Working through Politics in Ministry
    I like to think of politics in church as the remnants of the Pharisee mindset: These men believed they understood God’s word so completely that when the Truth actually spoke to them, they were unable to receive Him. And not only did they reject Him, they set out to remove Him from the equation altogether. They did not only want Jesus gone because he claimed to be the Messiah, they wanted Him gone because He was bringing change to their system. If you had to sum up Jesus’ mission in one word, it
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    Zephaniah 2:7- The Importance of Time
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  9. Developing Devotional Life
    09 Apr, 2017
    Developing Devotional Life
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  10. Matthew 10:19, 23, 26- They or Them?
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    Matthew 10:19, 23, 26- They or Them?
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  11. Working through Conflict in a Church
    31 Mar, 2017
    Working through Conflict in a Church
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  12. Project Update: Working through Phase 3
    23 Mar, 2017
    Project Update: Working through Phase 3
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  13. The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective Part 2
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    The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective Part 2
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    11 Mar, 2017
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