Ministry Life

Eight Reasons Long-Term Pastors Still Fall

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By Chuck Lawless We all know stories of long-term pastors – leaders who’ve been in the ministry for years – who still fall morally. We grieve when we hear the stories, and we wonder how it can happen to ministry veterans. Based on my studies of how Satan attacks leaders, here are some reasons even long-term pastors fall. “Success” leads them to let their guard down. The more “successful” pastors are, the easier it is to assume, “That will never happen…

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8 Reasons I Still Love Ministry

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By Chuck Lawless Yesterday, I posted about what to do when church work just hurts. Today, here are some the reasons I still love ministry, even when it’s tough. For whatever reason, God has called us to this task. Why He chooses to use any of us—particularly me—is beyond my comprehension. It’s humbling, overwhelming, and gratifying at the same time. What we do has eternal significance. Every day, I know that what God allows me to do matters. Even the hard conversations and actions…

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Five Truths About Discipleship That Make an Impact

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2 Timothy 2:1-2 – You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. I just attended a coaching workshop with 20 other pastors at the Ridge Baptist Association. I was reminded just how important it is to invest our lives in others. As a pastor, part of my responsibility is…

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Preaching From the Shadows: Bring Depression into the Light, not the Spotlight

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By Dave Barringer If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times. From face-to-face to messages sent to me. “Stop giving your depression power by admitting you have it. The more you talk about it, the more power it has over you.” As a pastor of a larger congregation, I recognize the gravity of my influence. With my title, my church, and my social media following, whether I like it or not, people put “weight” to my opinions….

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Letter to a Wounded Pastor

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By Darryl Dash Dear Pastor, Thank you for your ministry. It may not seem like it right now, but God has used you. I know this because God uses the kinds of things you’ve done — preaching the Word, praying for your people, caring for sheep, calling people to worship — to make an eternal difference. We often don’t get to see the results of our ministries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. I know you’re not perfect. I’m…

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