Ron Cook

3 Lessons I Learned from Burnout

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By Aaron Coalson Pastors aren’t supposed to have breakdowns. We’re supposed to be in control, collected, stoic. Pastors exist to help others in their needs, and through our work, be able to rise above our own. Unaware of what was brewing underneath the surface of my soul, I believed the lie that pastoral work required me to be fixed, resolved, finished. So I thought. Yet, God has humbled me, bringing me to the end of myself and the beginning of…

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Your Church is Worth the Effort

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By Sam Rainer Your discouragement is understandable. A lot is happening in the world right now. Everyone is on edge. When will the pandemic pass? Perhaps your church is not doing well. Maybe you’re tired, or disheartened. Maybe you’re hurt. Don’t give up. Your church is worth the effort. Some churches reek of selfishness, but even the unpleasant bodies need someone to help clean out the noxiousness. If you don’t mind body odor, then you’re probably the one God is…

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How to Keep Going in Ministry When You Reach Your Breaking Point

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By Rick Warren Stress is just a part of ministry. If you don’t have stress in your ministry, you’re probably not being very effective. You need a certain amount of stress in your life to accomplish anything. Stress is what gives you the energy, the effort, and the ability to actually accomplish what God has called you to do. Take a violin, for example. You have to put stress on the violin strings to make music. If you add just…

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3 Spiritual Concerns for the Church in This Crisis

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By Dr. Andrew Hébert Someone asked me the other day what my greatest spiritual concern is for the church in these days. As we enter month two of social distancing, here is some of what has been swirling in my mind. I’m incredibly thankful for the gift of technology that enables us to have some measure of connection and worship. But I fear two possible effects of prolonged online worship services, both for the church I pastor as well as…

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Prayer For Anxiety: 5 Ways To Pray When Life Is Overwhelming

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By Stephen Altrogge As one who has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of my adult life, I know just how important prayer for anxiety is. And in addition to struggling with an anxiety disorder, I also regularly find myself in the midst of circumstances that tempt me to feel anxious. Whether it’s the stress of upcoming bills or the health of my children or the pressure of being self-employed, I find myself constantly tempted to be anxious. I need prayer…

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