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Nine Lessons for Pastors Facing Leadership Conflict

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By Peter Hess Two years into our church plant, we faced our first major crisis. Two elders left the church, but not before raising some serious accusations against me as the pastor. Suddenly, our young church had entered into the murky, dark, choppy waters of leadership conflict. As you might expect, the resignation of these two elders led to a series of very difficult members’ meetings. But God was with us. There were many instances of his kindness, but one…

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Here are 4 Big Ways to Avoid Burnout

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By Matt Adair Here’s the cold, hard truth: Around 53 pastors will quit today. Let’s not make it 54. Look, we all know what it feels like to wake up and want to stay in bed. Grab nine other pastors and only one of you feels encouraged. You got into this gig because you wanted to preach Jesus, right? Well, apparently the price of admission is a stagnant church, an unhappy wife, and a growing waistline. Burnout is a psychological diagnosis…

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7 Ways to Find Joy Today if Yesterday’s Ministry Was Hard

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By Chuck Lawless I’ve been involved in the local church as a pastor long enough to know that some Sundays are really hard. If that’s the case for you, I hope these ideas will help you find some joy today: Focus on those who affirmed you rather than the few (or even the one) who got under your skin. It’s been my experience that we too often let the few voices drown out the many. The opposition isn’t always as strong…

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For Pastors Who Are Struggling with a Mental Health Issue

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By Sarah Rainer In ministry, our jobs are typically designed to help others. We walk with families through grief, help the single mother, and pray for couples struggling through an affair. We are outwardly focused, pouring into others for the benefit of Christ. But what happens when the person in need of help is in our own family? What if the person struggling is actually our own self? Over the past couple decades, we have seen a significant increase (approximately…

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How to Create Healthy Boundaries

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By Church Fuel As a pastor, there are a lot of responsibilities and people vying for your attention and a place in your schedule. You love God, people, and your job shepherding God’s people, but sometimes…boundaries get jumbled, crossed, or even worse—they don’t exist to begin with. The truth is, your pastoral leadership is closely tied to your personal health. And your personal health is directly impacted by how well you plan, prioritize, and stick to your schedule. But when…

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