Personal Life

How to Manage Conflict and Stay Married in Ministry

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By Rick Warren Every relationship—even a good one—has conflict. If you don’t know how to deal with it, how to resolve it, how to manage it, you can kill your relationship. The Bible says conflict is caused by selfishness. James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you?” (GNT). I am basically a selfish person. I think of me before I think of anybody else. And you do, too. I want what…

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7 Ways to Find Joy Today if Yesterday’s Ministry Was Hard

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By Chuck Lawless I’ve been involved in the local church as a pastor long enough to know that some Sundays are really hard. If that’s the case for you, I hope these ideas will help you find some joy today: Focus on those who affirmed you rather than the few (or even the one) who got under your skin. It’s been my experience that we too often let the few voices drown out the many. The opposition isn’t always as strong…

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For Pastors Who Are Struggling with a Mental Health Issue

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By Sarah Rainer In ministry, our jobs are typically designed to help others. We walk with families through grief, help the single mother, and pray for couples struggling through an affair. We are outwardly focused, pouring into others for the benefit of Christ. But what happens when the person in need of help is in our own family? What if the person struggling is actually our own self? Over the past couple decades, we have seen a significant increase (approximately…

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How to Create Healthy Boundaries

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By Church Fuel As a pastor, there are a lot of responsibilities and people vying for your attention and a place in your schedule. You love God, people, and your job shepherding God’s people, but sometimes…boundaries get jumbled, crossed, or even worse—they don’t exist to begin with. The truth is, your pastoral leadership is closely tied to your personal health. And your personal health is directly impacted by how well you plan, prioritize, and stick to your schedule. But when…

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Trust the God Who Provides (Not the Means He Uses)

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By Colin Smith Elijah is in Cherith, a remote place where God hides him, leads him, and feeds him. Here is this man who trusts and obeys God, and God is providing for him. There is a brook, and Elijah is able to drink from it. And when he does, he must have said, “Thank you Lord! Every day you provide for me through this brook.” Look what happens next: After a while, the brook dried up because there was…

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