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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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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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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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3 Key Takeaways from Super Bowl 51

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My wife was literally yelling at the TV. She was a Falcons fan. Yes, I was a Patriot’s fan. By all accounts it was a great game.  Perhaps one of the greatest games ever. Certainly the outcome could have been different but there were some key moments in the game. You probably have your own set of turning points but here is mine…Edelman makes a great catch and keeps the drive alive. That drive eventually led to a 28-28 tie score….

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Eight Ways for Pastors to Affair-Proof their Marriages

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By Thom Rainer In my post this past Saturday, I looked at different ways the Enemy attacks the family of a pastor. Among those ways was pastors who have affairs. Too many families of pastors are torn apart because of these affairs. And too many churches are left reeling with the consequences in their own congregations. What can a pastor do to affair-proof his marriage? I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a number of pastors whose marriages seem to be…

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