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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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How Can You Avoid Pastoral Burnout?

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Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Empathy fatigue, spiritual burnout, physical exhaustion, and emotional depletion happen frequently to those in ministry. There are unique challenges in pastoral ministry that are unlike anything in any other vocation. When you truly care for others and want to serve faithfully, you can push yourself to the point of utter exhaustion. You still have ministry responsibilities, but you have…

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Five Ways to Get Through a Dry Season

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We are in a “dry season” here in Florida.  We desperately need some rain.  We will get through the dry season and the rain will return.  In the same way, we can go through dry seasons spiritually.  Yes, we will get through it and yes, the rains of God’s blessing will return. A dry season can be a season of discouragement, disillusionment, difficulties, and even doubt.  It can seem that God is not present, not speaking, not leading,  and not…

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6 Reasons Why Church Leaders Must Go to the Mountain

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By Chuck Lawless Jesus modeled the approach for us. He took three of his disciples up to the mountain to pray, and there God did some magnificent things (Luke 9). Jesus was changed in front of them. Moses and Elijah showed up. The Father spoke from heaven. All of that happened when Jesus took His men to pray. I am not suggesting that such miracles will always occur when we get away to pray, but I do know we won’t…

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Six Disciplines That Promote Your Ministry

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In “Dancing with the Stars” the performers had a mental picture of what they wanted to accomplish. Sports legends often state that they pictured their success before they actually achieved it. Even in pastoral ministry, we can begin to picture the desired outcome of our ministry efforts. But we are not limited to mere mental pictures. We are given the high privilege of taking those hopes and dreams to our heavenly Father in prayer. Prayer gives wings to our hopes…

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