Generation Z
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by ALEXIA
15h ago
In the ever-evolving landscape of generational dynamics, connecting with Generation Z, born 1996-2010, requires a nuanced understanding of their values, concerns, and aspirations. As pastors and spiritual leaders, fostering meaningful connections with this generation involves embracing authenticity, inclusivity, and a keen awareness of their unique characteristics. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit alexia.substack.com/subscribe ..read more
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Spark Love in Your Congregation: A Pastoral Guide
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by ALEXIA
1w ago
In real-life events, coping with challenges often requires a strong support system. This system consists of people who genuinely listen and stand by you during difficult times. Family, friends, and colleagues can be crucial components, offering both emotional and practical support. To build a culture of love, pastors can draw inspiration from studies like the "Love at Work" research by Sigal Barsade. Implementing this in a church involves fostering an environment where members genuinely care for one another, creating a sense of belonging and support. To build a culture of love in the church in ..read more
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Kindness
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by ALEXIA
1w ago
In the pursuit of happiness, the power of kindness should never be underestimated. Random Acts of Kindness have the incredible ability to uplift not only the recipient but also the giver. Making kindness a habit can significantly contribute to a more joyful and fulfilling life. Here's a guide to implementing Random Acts of Kindness throughout the year, spreading positivity one gesture at a time. Subscribe to my newsletter for content to be sent direct to your mailbox. Check out the archive section to review the library of podcasts, articles and videos of professional development content. Thi ..read more
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SMART Goal Setting
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by ALEXIA
2w ago
Living a holy life, as advocated by Paul in his teachings throughout the scriptures, is a profound and transformative journey for believers. The apostle Paul, in various letters to early Christian communities, emphasizes the significance of holy living as an integral aspect of the Christian faith. This essay explores Paul's teachings on holy living and delves into the pastoral call for goal setting to promote a holy life within the congregation. Ephesians 4:22-24 from the New Living Translation (NLT): "throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and ..read more
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Courage
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by ALEXIA
2w ago
The act of challenging fears creates lasting memories that are often associated with personal growth and triumph. Reflecting on these experiences can evoke a sense of pride and happiness, serving as a reminder of one's strength and resilience during times of adversity. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit alexia.substack.com/subscribe ..read more
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Opening the Dialogue: Pornography in the Church
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by ALEXIA
3w ago
In a society dominated by digital connectivity, the prevalence and impact of pornography have become pervasive, making it a critical topic for open and honest discussion. We aim to shed light on key findings surrounding pornography within our community and proposes a thoughtful plan for moving forward. By addressing this sensitive subject, we hope to foster understanding, provide support, and initiate meaningful change. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (New Living Translation) "Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own ..read more
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Nurturing the Shepherd
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by ALEXIA
1M ago
Pastors play a crucial role in guiding and supporting their communities, often putting the needs of others before their own. However, it's essential for pastors to prioritize self-care to maintain their well-being and continue their vital work. Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) "Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'" This passage encourages individuals to ..read more
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Defense Mechanisms
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by ALEXIA
1M ago
DARVO stands for Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender. It's a defense mechanism used by individuals, often in response to being confronted with their wrongdoing. This strategy involves denying the accusations, attacking the accuser, and reversing the roles, portraying the offender as the victim. A 2017 study that when victims are DARVOed, it is more likely they’ll blame themselves, which in turn, “leads to self-silencing.” Here are examples of each stage: Deny: Example: A congregant is accused of spreading false rumors about another member. Instead of acknowledging the behavior, they ..read more
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Self Awareness
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by ALEXIA
1M ago
Self-awareness includes identifying our personality, those aspects that may not be the norm, and working on them. What is important is to learn, grow and develop areas. The way we are perceived is a great place to begin. It is difficult to hear a consistent perception of ourselves, when we cannot see our blind spots. This leads us to recognize how our behaviors affect others, giving us motivation for change. Understanding other’s emotions and how our words impact them, is a part of emotional intelligence. Self-awareness helps us manage our behaviors with others. The way leaders manage and ..read more
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Cultivate a Holiness-Centric Community: Biblical Foundations
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by ALEXIA
1M ago
Start by grounding your guidance in the unchanging truths of Scripture. Emphasize passages like 1 Peter 1:15-16, where believers are called to be holy as God is holy. Provide a biblical basis for the significance of holy living and debunk the notion that one can live without regard to God's standards. 1 Peter 1:15-16 in the New Living Translation (NLT) reads: "But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, 'You must be holy because I am holy.'" This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get acce ..read more
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