Personal Life

Suicide, Depression, and Pastors: One Way Church Members Can Help

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By Thom Rainer The suicide death of a young pastor is being felt throughout the world. Andrew Stoecklein, lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in California, left behind his wife, Kayla, and three young sons. I am the father of three sons. I cannot look at a photo of the young family without getting tears in my eyes. Please Hear Me Well This post is not about suicide prevention. More able persons have written volumes on the topic. It is not about…

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Four (Important) Reasons to Forgive Others

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In pastoral ministry, we are regularly faced with people who want to control us, use us for their personal agendas, manipulate us, or get rid of us. There will also be those who betray us. Sometimes the betrayal is open and public. Sometimes the betrayal is a deafening silence when we are being attacked by others. You can’t serve long in ministry without encountering your personal Judas. How do I handle these spiritual attacks? One of the most difficult steps…

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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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Failure to Follow Through

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Care for Pastors offers support, encouragement, counsel, and resources to pastors and their families. It is our mission to see every pastoral family persevering in ministry, developing a healthy church, and leading in community transformation. In a counseling ministry such as Care for Pastors, we see something that happens to pastors regularly. It’s called the S.E.R. cycle. Here is a brief description of what takes place when a pastor reaches out to us for help. Generally speaking, pastors and/or their…

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What God Does with Our Sin

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By Chuck Lawless I tend to focus long on my sin, failing sometimes to take God at His Word and accept His forgiveness. When I do that, I let Satan the accuser win. If that’s where you are today, cling to these images of what God does with our sin: He has separated us from our sin an immeasurable distance: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12)….

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