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Six Traits of a Church Disrupter

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By Thom Rainer He is almost in every church. In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity. He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to always feel like “God led me to do it.” He can have a gregarious and pleasant personality (unlike the typical church bully), and can thus attract a following for a…

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5 Reasons We Appreciate Pastors…and so Should YOU!

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Even though National Care for Pastors Sunday is over, it is still fitting that we should bring to light some of the reasons we appreciate pastors. We hope this list communicates to pastors and their families how much we value them. And we hope to inspire church members to a greater appreciation for their pastor which will lead to expressions of gratitude during this Pastor Appreciation Month. #1. Pastors love God. Ministry is the outworking of a relationship devoted to…

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8 Reasons Church Conflicts Often Burn out of Control Quickly

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By Chuck Lawless As a pastor, I sometimes felt like I spent all my time putting out fires in the church. It might have been right for me to deal with the fires, but I seldom caught the fire before it started burning more brightly than I wanted. Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly: Church leaders have too little training in resolving conflict. What we have learned, we’ve often learned the hard way: in…

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Feelings Versus Faith

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In pastoral ministry, we are constantly being challenged to live by faith.  Our natural tendency is to slip back into decision-making that is based on our feelings and not on our faith in God. The feelings that dominate our decision-making are rooted in fear, self-preservation, frustration, discouragement, and anger. As a pastor, I cannot make ministry decisions (or even life decisions) based on how I feel or how I think someone else may react. I must make decisions based on…

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16 Times to Hold Your Tongue

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Yes, even pastors need to “hold their tongues”. I have a Psalm I like to quote during these times. I actually turn this verse into a prayer. Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” How many situations and circumstances could be better if I would just learn to hold my tongue? How many lives would be impacted if I would just learn to hold my tongue? (You might…

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