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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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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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