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

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The Friendless Pastor

The Friendless Pastor

How to address our perennial problem.
Spiritual Friendship, Magi-style

Spiritual Friendship, Magi-style

Christ's visitors from the East show us the importance of spiritual "foreigners."
The Fragile Kingdom

The Fragile Kingdom

Don't marvel that the church falls apart. Marvel that it holds together at all.
Redemptive Vulnerability

Redemptive VulnerabilitySubscriber Access Only

Our leadership should demonstrate God's strength and our weakness.
An Authentic Pastor

An Authentic Pastor

How can you lead others while experiencing a personal crisis?
Too Honest Preaching

Too Honest Preaching

Weeping With Gang Members

Weeping With Gang MembersSubscriber Access Only

How God used my vulnerability to soften the toughest.
Mass Exodus

Mass Exodus

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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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What I Learned in the Fire

What I Learned in the Fire

When pastoring a church plant became a living hell, I thought I was done with ministry.
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