For Pastors

How Pastors Can Beat Burnout

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By Church Fuel There’s an epidemic that runs rampant in our success-driven culture. It respects no person and strikes even in ministry settings. It’s called “burnout.” There are a number of reasons for pastoral burnout and taking a look at a few of those reasons can help prevent it. The Church Fuel team recently had the opportunity to hear some wisdom from Beth Bennett. Beth is the Director of Coaching at Ministry Ventures. With over 30 years of ministry experience, she…

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Anatomy of a Sick Church – 10 Symptoms to Watch

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By Thom Rainer There are certain metrics and issues physicians check when we go to the doctor. They want to check our blood pressure and temperature. They do blood tests to see if there are any warning signs. They are looking for symptoms that might indicate real problems exist. After working with churches for thirty years, I too look for symptoms that might point to greater concerns. The symptoms are not necessarily the problem; they simply provide warnings or cautions…

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A Challenging Word of Encouragement for Hurting Pastors Today

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By Chuck Lawless You might feel you’re pastoring the church at Corinth today, and your heart’s hurting. A quick look at that church shows they were about as messy as a church can get. They were, among other things: arguing and divided, living carnally, tolerating sin, suing each other, abusing their spiritual liberty, observing the Lord’s Supper wrongly, battling over spiritual gifts, and denying the resurrection. Surely this was a church any sane pastor would want to avoid. Nevertheless, I’m…

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The Tragic Story of a Hurting Pastor’s Wife

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By Thom Rainer I receive volumes of blog comments, emails, and social media communications every day. On occasion, one of those comments will stop me in my tracks, like this recent blog post comment. I am providing it to you almost completely unedited. I made a few edits to protect the identity of the writer. I respectfully request you not to lecture this lady, but to offer prayer and encouragement. The headings are mine, but the words are hers. The…

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You Must Prioritize Your Marriage Over Your Ministry

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By Mark Dance Have you noticed that some people have a hard time hearing “no”— particularly those in our family and ministry? Others have a hard time saying “no”— particularly those who are called to love and lead churches. The moment Janet became my wife, all of my friends, family, and church members got an immediate demotion. When I said “I do” on our wedding day, I simultaneously said “no” to over seven billion other people. The purpose of this post is to help you…

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