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Caring for others in their difficulties and pointing them to Jesus.

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The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction

The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction

Shepherding sometimes means loving discipline.
When Meanings Collide

When Meanings CollideSubscriber Access Only

Examining the way Jesus communicated moves us into deeper conversations.
Praying with My Feet

Praying with My Feet

How prayer walks connect me to the tragedy and joys of my neighborhood.
When a Colleague Falls

When a Colleague FallsSubscriber Access Only

What's your role as a friend and colaborer?
Social Tools, Better Leadership

Social Tools, Better Leadership

You know you should be using social media more effectively. Here's how.
Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness

The church is filled with difficult marriages—and we need to stop hiding it.
Shooting in the Fellowship Hall

Shooting in the Fellowship Hall

How do you minister in the chaos after violence at your church?
They Were Fighters

They Were Fighters

In a family's tragedy, our only freedom is in embracing mystery.
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Our editors have compiled our best on Pastoral Care topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the SurfaceSubscriber Access Only

Why THIS?
David Hansen draws from his own experiences ministering to Alzheimers patients, stroke victims, and others who have lost the ability to function in many ways but in whom he has seen evidence of healthy and functioning souls.
THE CLEANSING POWER OF PUBLIC PRAYER

THE CLEANSING POWER OF PUBLIC PRAYERSubscriber Access Only

After a week in the world, worshipers may need our prayers as much as our preaching.
Why THIS?
Gordon MacDonald identifies six different kinds of corporate prayer and explains the value of each of them.
When Domestic Violence Knocks

When Domestic Violence Knocks

How to minister wisely when it shows up in your congregation.
Why THIS?
How would you respond if a church member revealed that their spouse was abusive? Lou Reed, a pastor and domestic violence victim advocate, outlines how a pastor should respond to domestic violence.
The Zoloft Dispensation

The Zoloft Dispensation

Pastoring in the meds age, when everybody's on something.
Why THIS?
In a society where people are increasingly dependent upon medication (including meds that regulate mental health), pastors need to be prepared to minister to those dealing with mental illness and other health issues.
SHOULD WE MARRY THE UNCHURCHED?

SHOULD WE MARRY THE UNCHURCHED?Subscriber Access Only

The difference between marriage and a Christian marriage.
Why THIS?
When the church's role in marriage is being questioned, here's how to share Christ's love with couple wanting to be wed at your church. Which may or may not mean conducting a ceremony of Christian marriage.
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Kissing Scars

Kissing Scars

How our visible wounds point to the Great Healer.
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