For Pastors

Prayer For Anxiety: 5 Ways To Pray When Life Is Overwhelming

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By Stephen Altrogge As one who has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of my adult life, I know just how important prayer for anxiety is. And in addition to struggling with an anxiety disorder, I also regularly find myself in the midst of circumstances that tempt me to feel anxious. Whether it’s the stress of upcoming bills or the health of my children or the pressure of being self-employed, I find myself constantly tempted to be anxious. I need prayer…

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Taking Care of Yourself in the Midst of Crisis

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This is new territory for all of us. New, unexpected, unplanned, uncertain, unpredictable, unwanted, and unsettling, all describe my feelings about this world created by COVID-19.  As leaders, we step up, gear up, adapt, and adjust so we can lead our congregations through the uncertainty and change. Unfortunately, we are making decisions almost hourly without having the luxury of time to think through the implications of such decisions.  These leadership stresses will take a toll on our souls. Here are…

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5 Steps for Handling Conflict

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By Rick Warren In Nehemiah 5, the Israelites faced conflict for one of the same reasons we do today: selfishness. So, what can we learn from Nehemiah about handling conflict? 1. Take the problem seriously. (v. 6) Nehemiah didn’t ignore the problem; he took it seriously. When the unity of your church gets challenged, it’s your job to protect that unity. It’s serious business. In times like this, a certain level of anger is completely appropriate and right. Leadership means knowing the…

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10 Valuable Things I Learned About Church Conflict

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Pastors are not immune to church conflict. In fact, I would say we are “immunocompromised” when it comes to church conflict. You don’t have to be in ministry very long before you will experience some kind of disagreement, disunity, conflict of visions, personality disorders, or downright wickedness. Here are some things I learned about church conflict while serving as a pastor: Conflict is inevitable. It’s just a matter of time before something comes up and you find yourself in direct…

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It’s Not Up to You

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By Darryl Dash “You’re just the kind of pastor this church needs,” we hear. “With your gifts I can’t see how this church won’t double in the next few years.” As pastors, we love to hear this. Our gifts will make the difference. We have what it takes. Our personality, our leadership abilities will make a difference. The most effective lies contain some truth. God chooses to use people, and God seems to use some pastors in more visible ways than others….

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