Personal Life

Pastor, Your Church Needs You to Take a Vacation

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By Sam Rainer There are two types of sleep: BC and AD. Before Children and After Death. God does not take naps, but you might need one. Far too many pastors do not get a proper cycle of rest. In the fourth commandment, God set up a pattern of work and rest. This pattern goes back to the creation account in which God rested on the seventh day. Notice the connection between rest and salvation in Psalm 62: “I am…

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Self Care: What, Why, and How

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“Like many, I’m exhausted. My wife and I are working three jobs. We have four little kids at home. We are homeschooling them. We’re trying to make decisions about their education this semester. I don’t know how to rest and get refreshed with kids at home.  I desperately need the Holy Spirit to minister to me and refresh me. I’m not sure how to receive it. I’ve been pouring my heart out to Jesus and He has not yet shown…

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Finding Someone to Walk With You as a Pastor

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By Josh Reich If you are a pastor, you need some kind of accountability. You know it. You also need friends, people who care for you, shepherd you and walk with you and your wife. This is becoming even more and more obvious as pastors fall out of ministry, burnout, or also take their own lives. It is all tragic. As pastors, we stand up and talk about the need that people have for community and accountability. The problem is that…

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3 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

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By Mark Dance Our love for God fuels genuine compassion for others, but sometimes our fuel runs out. When compassion fatigue sets in on pastors, you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices. While tough seasons of ministry are inevitable, do they really have to be open-ended? If you’re in a ministry sprint that never ends, you need to ask yourself whether you’re actually sprinting or merely surviving. Pastors who love and lead on empty may…

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Faith and Depression

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By Scott Hoezee The prevalence of depression is increasing in our world today. You might have experience with depression personally or there’s a good chance you know someone who does. As Christians, this difficult reality often leads us to wrestle with our faith. We might wonder: spiritually, is depression a sign of weak faith? Are there Scripture passages that help? We also might feel at a loss, unsure what to do or to say to reach out to someone who…

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