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To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them.
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To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame. Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them. How do we combat discouragement in healthy ways?
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
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disappointments, especially as leaders. Despite that, we cannot abandon our calling because of grief, disappointment, discouragement, or bad health. If you are
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
In my own moments of pastoral discouragement and isolation, I have often forced myself to remember that Jesus Christ—who was not an imperfect leader like me, but a perfect one
If Our Church Was Bigger, We Could…
There’s not a single command to the church that cannot be accomplished by two or three people who love Jesus, each other, and the community they’re called to reach. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
There's not a single command to the church that cannot be accomplished by two or three people who love Jesus, each other, and the community they're called to reach.
When Calling Causes Conflict
Many women face opposition in their calling—whether overt, covert, or internal.
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Doubt also causes me to endlessly review what I did or didn't say. If I fail to shut down the enemy's accusations, God's voice is drowned out by my discouragement, anger, or self-pity.
How to Minister to People Who Don’t Like You
Eight tips to love the hard-to-love.
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members were unhappy. When I realized they were unhappy with me, surprise, anger, hurt, doubt, and discouragement overtook me. There were only
The Truth About Sexism in the Church
And how to keep it from breaking you down.
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It should be devastating that the one place where you might be able to escape the sexism of our culture will only make it worse. These facts could very well lead to discouragement.
Tempted to Compare
One scan of social media left me feeling defeated.
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Other times two people would show up. There were also those times when no one showed up at all. Sporadic attendance soon led to discouragement and self-doubt.
Find Your Place in God's Story
Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose.
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Find Your Place in God's Story. Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 5. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print.
The Gift of ... Discouragement?
And other items from around the web.
The Gift of Discouragement - These days every kid gets a trophy. We still joke in our house about our oldest's announcement that his team 'won the soccer tournament.' They did not.
Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls
With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it’s tempting to give up the fight.
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Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls. With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it's tempting to give up the fight. Read as Single Page
Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances
Take control of your circumstances by changing your mindset.
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Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances. Take control of your circumstances by changing your mindset. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print.
What Churches Should Know about Zoning
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
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4. When incompetence becomes discouragement. ("Top 10 Sources of Discouragement of Pastors and Church Staff," by Chuck Lawless, thomrainer.com).
Our Top 9 Resources on Calling
Here's help to understand God's voice, to live it out, and to help others do the same.
When You Feel Like Quitting. You're not alone. As a church leader, that's important to know when you experience pressure, disappointment, discouragement, and disillusionment.
Are You Missing What God Is Doing While Holding Out For Something Bigger?
When we get to heaven will God ask some of us "Why did you look down on the ministry I gave you?"
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
When we get to heaven will God ask some of us "Why did you look down on the ministry I gave you?".
When Pastors Pray, Part 2
God called me to minister to desperate ministers
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more likely to burnout quickly. When pastors feel burnout, it can lead to discouragement, despondency, depression, and suicide. Satan comes to steal
When You Feel Like A Failure (A Good Friday Reflection)
So much of Jesus’ life, ministry and message looked like a failure. Until the resurrection.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
So much of Jesus' life, ministry and message looked like a failure. Until the resurrection.
Why I've Stopped Reading All Those '10 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Growing' Lists
Please stop beating us down for what you think we’re not doing. Guilt doesn’t motivate, it discourages.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Please stop beating us down for what you think we're not doing. Guilt doesn't motivate, it discourages.
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Slay the Beast of Ambition before It Slays You
3 ministry proverbs to quell competition and cultivate humility.
offers of help. I received some encouragement, but the majority of what I got was suspicion and discouragement. I was shocked. It was disheartening
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