For Pastors

Patience: The Way to Do Ministry

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By Mike Osbourne Christian ministry is hard. There are struggles, temptations, and challenges that are unique to pastors, missionaries, and other Christian workers. And we must respond to these situations in a godly way or else they will be our ruin. One of the unique temptations we face, especially in these days when technology is ubiquitous, is impatience. We expect too much of ourselves. We want to be holy and obedient and loving and kind and skilled and pure…right now….

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Dear Pastor, Please Don’t Quit On Us Now

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By D. Scott Hildreth The statistics are horrifying and the stories gut wrenching. If something doesn’t change, the American church will face unprecedented challenges in the next year and many local congregations will not survive. What’s the tragedy? The growing realization that a significant percentage of pastors are considering leaving their churches. In July, Chuck Lawless sounded a warning in his post 6 Reasons Why Some Pastors May Resign Soon After the COVID Crisis. Others picked up on this theme. On…

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Pastor, Your Church Needs You to Take a Vacation

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By Sam Rainer There are two types of sleep: BC and AD. Before Children and After Death. God does not take naps, but you might need one. Far too many pastors do not get a proper cycle of rest. In the fourth commandment, God set up a pattern of work and rest. This pattern goes back to the creation account in which God rested on the seventh day. Notice the connection between rest and salvation in Psalm 62: “I am…

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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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