Ministry Life

7 Ways to Find Joy Today if Yesterday’s Ministry Was Hard

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By Chuck Lawless I’ve been involved in the local church as a pastor long enough to know that some Sundays are really hard. If that’s the case for you, I hope these ideas will help you find some joy today: Focus on those who affirmed you rather than the few (or even the one) who got under your skin. It’s been my experience that we too often let the few voices drown out the many. The opposition isn’t always as strong…

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How to Create Healthy Boundaries

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By Church Fuel As a pastor, there are a lot of responsibilities and people vying for your attention and a place in your schedule. You love God, people, and your job shepherding God’s people, but sometimes…boundaries get jumbled, crossed, or even worse—they don’t exist to begin with. The truth is, your pastoral leadership is closely tied to your personal health. And your personal health is directly impacted by how well you plan, prioritize, and stick to your schedule. But when…

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Trust the God Who Provides (Not the Means He Uses)

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By Colin Smith Elijah is in Cherith, a remote place where God hides him, leads him, and feeds him. Here is this man who trusts and obeys God, and God is providing for him. There is a brook, and Elijah is able to drink from it. And when he does, he must have said, “Thank you Lord! Every day you provide for me through this brook.” Look what happens next: After a while, the brook dried up because there was…

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What Failure Can Teach Us

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So many of us have felt the pain of losing. We all have lost things during this pandemic. The challenges we have faced are overwhelming and they seem insurmountable. It is hard to find an area of our lives that has not been affected by the presence of Covid-19. We have lost so much to this virus. We have lost income, jobs, momentum, church members, connections, loved ones, confidence in ourselves, confidence in our country, confidence in our leadership, confidence…

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Endurance: How to Make the Long Run of Leadership

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By Dan Reiland The primary difference between doing a short-run and a long-run is endurance. COVID is teaching us that no matter how much we want a difficult circumstance to end sooner, it’s going to finish its course. The good news is that COVID will end, but we must still endure the reality that it’s not over yet. Endurance is required. Don’t quit. Endurance is a quality consistently found among great leaders. It is a sister to resilience, as the ability…

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