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When the Church Wounds You

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By Jamie Brown Six weeks ago I began a four-month long sabbatical, for a whole lot of reasons, not the least of which was to have the time and space to heal from a couple decades’ worth of bumps and bruises and scrapes and scars caused by the everyday journeys of life and ministry. The break from weekly worship leading has allowed me to slow down, zoom out, and examine myself and my ministry from 30,000 feet. God has graciously,…

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Dealing with Depression in Ministry

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By Paul David Tripp Sam’s Story I was there the week it happened. His wife asked to see me. Tearfully, she told me that he had walked into the church building that week and announced to his staff that he was “done.” He said he couldn’t face preaching another sermon, that all that he really wanted to do was to run away from his own life. Sam was 45 and the pastor of a vibrant and growing church. I am convinced…

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Five Reasons Monday is So Tough for Pastors

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By Thom Rainer “I resign from the church in my mind about ten times a year. Every time it has been on a Monday.” It’s a direct quote from a pastor at the Church Answers’ forum. And I’ve heard similar quotes many times. So why are Mondays so difficult for pastors? Why do they have thoughts of resignation on this day more than others? I’ve heard five reasons consistently. Sunday is both emotionally energizing and draining. If that sounds like an emotional…

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I’m a Pastor and I Got Fired

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There is an epidemic of forced terminations among pastors. According to Barna Research and Christianity Today, almost 1 in 3 pastors will experience a forced termination sometime in their ministry. The devastation that occurs is immeasurable. The unthinkable has happened and the debris field is widespread. The pastor is not the only one who is hurt. The pastor’s family can also experience a deep level of personal pain. Even the children are not immune to the consequences of a forced…

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7 Ways I Protect My Family Life in Ministry

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By Ron Edmondson If a pastor is not careful, the weight of everyone else’s problems will take precedence over the issues and concerns of the pastor’s immediate family. I see it frequently among pastors I encounter. How many pastors do we know who have adult children that don’t even attend church anymore? Lots. I’ve heard from many who resent the church that stole their family time. There have been seasons of my ministry where this was the case, especially on abnormally…

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