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

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Men and Women Working Together

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Sharing the Stage

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

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Llorando Con Los Pandilleros

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El Pastor Sin Amigos

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Ministry, a Family Matter

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

Learning from Weirdos

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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

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?
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

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A pator faced with debilitating personal problems takes the first step on the road to renewed life and ministry.
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.
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?
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 Grassroots Pastor

The Grassroots Pastor

Do you need a flock to shepherd souls?
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