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Pastors are expected to maintain healthy relationships with family, church, and community.

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It Takes a Church

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What it takes to lead a prayerful community.
The Ministry of Small Talk

The Ministry of Small Talk

What we talk about while we're preparing the way for Jesus to join the conversation.
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Sharing the Stage

Sharing the Stage

A husband and wife reflect on the challenges and rewards of pastoring together.

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Our editors have compiled our best on Relationships topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

"Balancing Family, Church, and Personal Time"

"Balancing Family, Church, and Personal Time"Subscriber Access Only

Why THIS?
As a pastor, time for family and time for ministry constantly overlaps. Recognizing signs of imbalance and understanding one's limitations can help sustain both these elements in a pastor's life.
Do You Rate Your Family Too High?

Do You Rate Your Family Too High?Subscriber Access Only

Are the priorities of God, family, and job the right ones?
Why THIS?
Many evangelicals rank family second behind God on their list of priorities. In this classic article, Patterson questions that perspective, challenging Christians to consider where the church should rank on their list.
The Perfect Prodigal

The Perfect ProdigalSubscriber Access Only

A pator faced with debilitating personal problems takes the first step on the road to renewed life and ministry.
Why THIS?
A thorough account of the events that led one pastor into a debilitating depression and how therapy enabled him to return to his ministry with a healthier attitude and renewed energy.
Everyone's Pastor, No One's Friend

Everyone's Pastor, No One's FriendSubscriber Access Only

Church leaders are seldom alone but often lonely.
Why THIS?
Even in the midst of all the busyness that comes with the pastorate, many pastors are burdened with feelings of loneliness. While making acquaintances comes naturally, establishing friendships takes work.
The Spotlight Syndrome

The Spotlight Syndrome

How do you raise a family while leading a church?
Why THIS?
Kyle Idleman shares his experiences growing up as a pastor's kid and reveals how he (as a pastor) tries to find a healthy balance between ministry and family.
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The Ministry of Small Talk

The Ministry of Small Talk

What we talk about while we're preparing the way for Jesus to join the conversation.
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