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The Essence of Pastoral Ministry

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By Darryl Dash If forced to summarize the essence of pastoral ministry into one word, I’d go with delight. That’s a far different answer than I would have given in my younger years. Pastoral ministry is about delight. Specifically, it’s about delight in God, Scripture, and his church. Delight in God Our first and primary task — or maybe privilege — is to delight in God. It’s our first and primary responsibility. Without this, the rest of pastoral ministry falls short….

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When You’ve Been Betrayed in Leadership

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By Josh Reich All leaders know this feeling. Someone you have poured into walks out on you or doesn’t keep their word. A staff member, boss, or board member lies to you. You open up to someone about what is happening in you, and they don’t keep that. You share an audacious dream or calling, and someone starts out supporting you but then stops. Betrayal. Being personally let down. Gossip. Every leader knows this feeling too well. Even those who…

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Six Reasons Your Pastor Is About to Quit

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By Thom Rainer About one-third of you readers are laypersons. This article is for you. Of course, I know pastors and other vocational ministry leaders will be reading as well. Perhaps, more than my article, they will be reading your comments. They will be searching eagerly to see if anyone has a word of encouragement. They may be anticipating the responses will be a barrage of negativity they have become accustomed to receiving. Please hear me clearly. The vast majority…

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Finding Someone to Walk With You as a Pastor

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By Josh Reich If you are a pastor, you need some kind of accountability. You know it. You also need friends, people who care for you, shepherd you and walk with you and your wife. This is becoming even more and more obvious as pastors fall out of ministry, burnout, or also take their own lives. It is all tragic. As pastors, we stand up and talk about the need that people have for community and accountability. The problem is that…

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3 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

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By Mark Dance Our love for God fuels genuine compassion for others, but sometimes our fuel runs out. When compassion fatigue sets in on pastors, you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices. While tough seasons of ministry are inevitable, do they really have to be open-ended? If you’re in a ministry sprint that never ends, you need to ask yourself whether you’re actually sprinting or merely surviving. Pastors who love and lead on empty may…

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