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When the Church Gets Messy, What Happens to the Pastor’s Marriage?

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By Tatyana Claytor When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I packed up our belongings, quit our jobs and moved across the country to go to seminary. We felt the call of God on our lives and wanted to serve Him in ministry, whether here or overseas. Our hearts were eager with the prospect of seeing God at work. After a year, we were lucky to find an assignment for my husband, Tracy, as a youth pastor….

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Healthy Ministry Doesn’t Just Happen

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The heart of Care for Pastors is to see every pastoral family thriving in ministry. Thriving means that the Pastor and his family are exhibiting healthy spirituality that honors Christ and impacts the kingdom. It is our belief that healthy ministry flows from a healthy marriage. You cannot have a healthy ministry if your marriage is in shambles. This is one of the reasons that the apostle Paul included it in the list of qualities found in the life of…

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The Stewardship of Pain

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When we think about stewardship our mind usually goes to two biblical principles: Stewardship of our financial resources that God entrusts us with and Spiritual gifts, those God-given abilities to serve. I believe there is another level of stewardship that Christ followers are often unaware of and that is the “Stewardship of Pain.” Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars every year to aid in the alleviation of pain. Have you ever considered that bodily pain is a gift from God?…

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What “Be Still” Means

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By Josh Reich Psalm 46:10 is an often quoted verse. It says, Be still and know that I am God. It’s on coffee mugs, posters, greeting cards. It is an invitation to experience God, to rest, slow down. It is also an invitation that I and many others reject on a daily basis. Our rejection of this invitation is interesting because of how tired most Americans are, how worn out we are, how run down we are from living life. You would…

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Six Vital Lessons on Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is something every Christ-follower needs, and every Christ-follower has the power to give. Pastors and their families need to see the healing power of forgiveness released in their lives. Most of the problems we face in our marriages and our ministries could be significantly impacted if we were willing to practice forgiveness. In my counseling of pastoral couples, I often say to husbands and wives, “we need to see ourselves as professional forgivers.” Yes, I have had to forgive…

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