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How to Respond to Church Conflict

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The most vicious attacks against Jesus came from the religious community. Why should we think it would be any different for us? But it does hurt when people in your own congregation begin to act in unloving, unkind, and even ungodly ways. So, how can I respond to church conflict in a way that honors God and fulfills His purposes? How can I navigate through the treacherous waters of conflict? Recognize the source of the conflict. Ephesians 6:10-20  ” We…

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Overcome Ministry Burnout By Learning to Say ‘No’

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By Karl Vaters I can’t do it all. Neither can you. Even though I love saying ‘yes’. Yes to God. Yes to people. Yes to crazy ideas that might turn out to be great ideas in disguise. But I’ve learned that saying ‘yes’ means more when it’s balanced by the proper use of the word ‘no’. In fact, a well-placed ‘no’ may be the most liberating word missing from many leaders’ vocabularies. Not just saying ‘no’ to others. We’re usually…

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Ten Characteristics of Givers and Takers

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“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use – it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) At Care for Pastors, we seek to minister to those who minister. One of the ways we do that is by helping the pastor to navigate through the deep waters of pastoral ministry. We remind pastors about the nature and make-up of…

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A Lay Elder’s Perspective

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You may or may not have a “plurality of elders” structure in your church, however my prayer is that what I share will be an encouragement and provide some thoughts for you whether your church has established this structure or not. Whatever your structure, I am sure you have a group of like-minded leadership around you that cares for and loves their lead and associate staff pastor(s). For context, I serve as a lay elder in my church. I have…

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Seven Ways Pastors Can Deal with the Monday Blues

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By Thom Rainer It can be the toughest day of the week for pastors. They have preached with passion and conviction. They have prayed for lives to be impacted. They have worked 15 hours on Sunday. Some have taken the barbs from critics. Others have self-doubt about their sermons. Some are considering quitting. I know. I “resigned” about 25 times in the last church I served as pastor. May I offer some suggestions for dealing with the Monday blues? This…

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