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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Boundaries

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“You can have it all, do it all, be it all. Just not all at the same time!” That is the best vaccine against getting yourself jumbled up into the life of unhealthy boundaries and end up spending your life spinning out of control on the whims of demands – demands that are self-imposed, come from others or come from culture and society. I had our second child right at the beginning of the 1990’s, the time when “Super Mom”…

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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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God’s Provision Through Scarcity

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Many times as Christians, our faith is tested and it definitely was for everyone in 2020.  Today I want to share a blog one of our staff members, who is also a pastor’s wife, wrote during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disclaimer: This blog is purely to inspire and challenge and in no way to judge the reader for any other actions, attitudes or thoughts that differ from this writer. I recently wrote a four-part blog on “Give us this Day” separating…

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Why I Never Try to Balance Family and Ministry

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By Bob Hostelter It’s one of the most frequent questions I field, and it’s always asked so sincerely, even desperately: “How do you balance ministry and family?” My answer: I don’t. In fact, I think the very question reveals the problem. There IS no balance. It is NOT an either/or issue. There’s nothing to balance. And thinking that there is is a problem in and of itself. I say to young men and women considering or embarking upon ministry, “Your family…

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