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Importance of Family

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I want to talk to you today about a subject that I believe is very important and many times neglected for those of us in ministry and that is “family time.” We get so caught up in the list of things to do that many times our family and extended family get put on the back burner. We have been in ministry for 39 years and I can tell you there will always be a “To Do List” and it…

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How to Energize Your Relationship

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I recently read a book by Wayne Cordeiro, titled, “Leading on Empty”. In the book he makes the following statement, “Healthy marriages require intentionality and planned investment.” I couldn’t agree more. The stresses and demands of ministry will drain the life and energy right out of you. If you are not careful and intentional, you will find that at the end of the day you have nothing left for your spouse. My wife (Kaye) and I determined to set aside…

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What is Empathy Fatigue?

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Care for Pastors exists to help pastors navigate through the unique challenges of pastoral ministry and learn to “thrive” not just “survive” in ministry. One of those challenges is empathy fatigue. This is sometimes called “ministry fatigue” or “compassion fatigue”. It occurs when a minister gives out compassion, support, comfort, encouragement, leadership, conflict resolution, care, understanding, counsel, and energy to others but never takes time to care for his/her own soul. We talk with hundreds of pastors and their families…

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When My Husband is Spent

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How many times has your husband come home from the church totally “spent” and had nothing left for you or your family? We don’t have to be in ministry very long to realize it can be very draining. I dare say you experienced this over the past few weeks with all the demands of Easter. I want to share with you what one of our Advisory Team members has to say on this topic that I believe will be very…

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Leave it Buried

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Someone recently shared the following blog with me from Ron Hutchcraft and I know we can all relate in some way to this so I wanted to share it with you today and pray it speaks to your heart. “I’ve had to pay my sister-in-law handsomely so I could tell you this story about when she was a little girl. She and her older sister – who you know I married – grew up on a little farm in the…

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