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

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¿Tienes Una Historia Para Compartir?

¿Tienes Una Historia Para Compartir?

El poder de compartir una historia, ha cambiado mi ministerio
Llorando Con Los Pandilleros

Llorando Con Los Pandilleros

La manera en que Dios usó mi vulnerabilidad para ablandar los de corazón más endurecido.
El Pastor Sin Amigos

El Pastor Sin Amigos

Cómo enfrentar nuestro problema perene.
Ministry, a Family Matter

Ministry, a Family MatterSubscriber Access Only

Kid, spouse, mother. My simple story of expectations and perspective.
Learning from Weirdos

Learning from Weirdos

7 missional gifts from ancient Christian mystics
Skye Jethani: The Two Creation Mandates

Skye Jethani: The Two Creation Mandates

God gave man two mandates: one was marital—but the first one was cultural.
Signs of Life

Signs of LifeSubscriber Access Only

When Joel and Rachel Triska moved into the depressed neighborhood of Deep Ellum, they asked residents what they needed—then designed a community to meet those needs.
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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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Kissing Scars

Kissing Scars

How our visible wounds point to the Great Healer.
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