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  • An awesome responsibility

    Jun 06, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Scott Seay | Recently in the small congregation where I serve as pastor, three women died in the span of just over a month. Their lives were remarkable testimonies to committed Christian faith, and my congregation continues to grieve the loss of these women.

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  • From worship to mission and back again

    May 23, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | Last week was “youth Sunday” at my church. Six young people, including my twelve-year-old daughter, led the service with a confident and fresh spirit. A bit surprisingly, the sanctuary was full; but that’s because this church loves its youth. It was a treat to be led by their witness, their invitation, and their enthusiasm for their community and for Jesus.

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  • What does community mean at CTS?

    Mar 18, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Hope Hampton | Community. The word usually means a group of people living or working in the same place. Here at CTS we are a community of people who train, or support the training of, disciples of Jesus Christ for church and community leadership to participate in transforming the world.

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  • Why use the word "excellence?"

    Mar 15, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | I think it's a fair question. Does the word "excellence" have too much baggage? Do we associate it with an elitist or selective way of thinking about ministry?

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  • A still more excellent way

    Mar 12, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | What is pastoral excellence and how might a Center help it flourish? The first and most basic answer arises from scripture—1 Corinthians 12:31—in which Paul urges the church in Corinth to love one another: "Strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way," he says.

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