Personal Life

How Pastors Can Beat Burnout

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By Church Fuel There’s an epidemic that runs rampant in our success-driven culture. It respects no person and strikes even in ministry settings. It’s called “burnout.” There are a number of reasons for pastoral burnout and taking a look at a few of those reasons can help prevent it. The Church Fuel team recently had the opportunity to hear some wisdom from Beth Bennett. Beth is the Director of Coaching at Ministry Ventures. With over 30 years of ministry experience, she…

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Seven Prayers for Pastors for a New Year

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By Thom Rainer As we move into 2021, may I suggest we churchgoers spend more time in prayer for our pastors? Could we commit to a few minutes a week specifically praying for these servant leaders? Frankly, I have never seen a season where pastors have withstood attacks at the level they did in the previous year. Perhaps one of our first lines of ministry should be praying for our pastors. While I could provide a lengthy prayer guide, let’s…

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7 Ways to Slow Down This Christmas

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By Danny Franks Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, which typically means the official kickoff to the holiday season. Today, turkeys will be basted, football will be watched, and politics will be gingerly avoided. Tomorrow, alarms will be set, deals will be sought, and Christmas music will be turned on (I will not accept an alternate opinion on this). And from now until December 25th, we will be in an all-out race to hit every socially-distanced party and bake every treat and…

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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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