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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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Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor

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By Thom Rainer They are the walking dead. They are dead emotionally. Their vision and passion is dead. Their spiritual life has little life at all. They are burned out. Many have died vocationally. Others are waiting for burial. Autopsies are not a pleasant topic. I get that. But I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of pastors who are dead in ministry. You need to know. You need to grasp this reality….

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Unburdened: It’s Not What You Might Think

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By Michael Todd Wilson “Come . . . all who are . . . burdened. . . . my burden is light.” This is a very different kind of unburdening than we’d initially think and, on brief reflection, different than we might even want. The idea of being unburdened conjures up images of running a full-tilt Olympic sprint without restraints, completely unencumbered. We certainly have this in store for us in heaven, but this isn’t going to be our experience…

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Six Main Traits of Preacher Eater Churches

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By Thom Rainer Preacher eater churches? I had never heard the term until I became a pastor. While I was serving as a pastor at a church, a search committee representative from another church called me. She wanted to know if I would prayerfully consider coming to her church. Immediately after the call, I got on the phone with a friend who served as pastor at another church in the same town. What did he know about the other church…

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