Waving Goodbye

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By Patti Johnson One isn’t involved in the ministry life for long before you realize the harsh reality of saying goodbye to folks that you have cared for, invested in, served with and grown to love. The other reality is that sometimes you really don’t actually get to say goodbye. They just leave. You suddenly find yourself without them by your side. It’s as if you were in the middle of playing ping pong and you hit your ball and…

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Passion Pursuit

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By Christy Kirtlan Years ago, I was a co-teacher with our youth minister leading the teens through True Love Waits, a purity movement. Of course, we split the girls from the boys, and I spent a lot of time over several weeks counseling the girls on the benefits of sexual purity and the value of the marriage relationship God intended.  Fast forward and some of those girls came to me as young married women and said to me, “You did…

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How to Manage Conflict and Stay Married in Ministry

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By Rick Warren Every relationship—even a good one—has conflict. If you don’t know how to deal with it, how to resolve it, how to manage it, you can kill your relationship. The Bible says conflict is caused by selfishness. James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you?” (GNT). I am basically a selfish person. I think of me before I think of anybody else. And you do, too. I want what…

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Remembering

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By Christy Kirtlan Remembering – from Exodus 6 – Moses received the Law from the Lord and relayed the information to His people through the Book of Exodus. In chapter 6, we read again how important it is to remember. 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about…

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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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