Ministry Life

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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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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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