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How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
5 things to do when you face tragedy and turmoil
Those who have watched siblings suffer through illness, or even death, understand the level of grief these two women felt when their brother, Lazarus, became sick and died.
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
This catalytic event rocked her world, as anyone who's walked through the ebbs and flows of grief and loss can understand. “It's amazing to me how our
Where Have All the Lamenters Gone?
No one laments more than God, so why do we as leaders feel pressure to keep a happy face?
We have sung the happy songs in church, prayed the happy prayers, and told ourselves to always be thankful, at the expense of silencing the grief left unresolved in our hearts.
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
disappointments, especially as leaders. Despite that, we cannot abandon our calling because of grief, disappointment, discouragement, or bad health. If you are
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
hand. These conversations are holy grounds of hospitality, a chance to meet a fellow image bearer in his or her time of need, distress, grief, or frustration.
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
The shocking election results have created much conversation in Christian circles, especially among women leaders. Some are feeling grief, shock, and even fear.
Funeral for a Stranger
What to do—and what to avoid—when eulogizing someone you never met.
But in moments of grief, when families are walking through a sudden loss, people long for a minister—someone called and trained to be present with them in their pain, to help them
Feeling the ‘Ugh’ at Christmastime
Can your church be honest about heartache this Advent?
The only logical response, to me, was grief. Meanwhile, I was preparing my sermon for that week. Here are a few resources to guide your congregation in the grief and hope of Advent.
Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy
In four years of pastoral ministry, I’ve had to preach through four national tragedies.
Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, shooting and killing 20 first-graders and 6 adults—robbing them of their lives and making Christmas a time of mourning and grief for 26
Glad Tidings and Cups of Bitterness
Serving Christ means experiencing sorrow—even at Christmas.
I was supposed to be preparing Christmas sermons about joy, peace, and glad tidings, but all I felt was grief, agony and despair. Godly grief. There is grief in serving Christ.
How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes?
Guidance for ministries in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
Pray for patience and put yourself in their shoes. Learn to tell the difference between signs of normal stress and grief, and signs of unhealthy grief. Many
Where Were You When It Happened?
Helping when mass tragedy strikes your congregation
Is your congregation prepared to navigate widespread grief or wipe tears during multiple funerals? And do you have a plan if that tragedy garners national attention and media interest?
The Cost of Caring
How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
empathy. Compassion and empathy go beyond offering condolences, advice, or rescue. They're about joining a person in grief, injustice, and loss. They
Ministry Shouldn’t Hurt
What to do when the church starts acting like an abusive boyfriend
I've heard from a woman who was trapped in her office as the senior minister yelled at her until she was nearly faint with fear, pain, and grief. Tales of disrespect.
Why We Fail the Grieving
Comforting bereaved people takes more than good intentions.
Let's call it “Grief Pox.” No one ever sent a card or expressed any tangible support through my bereavement. I was left to navigate the waters of grief by myself.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors. It's about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care. Rebecca Meyer and Gerald Hiestand. 0; tweet;
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
After a couple of years, I decided to go on to graduate school in psychology to better prepare for life's disasters, like the trauma and grief I had seen in the lives of some of my students.
7 Keys to a Smooth Church Transition
How to make major changes without alienating your congregation.
effort. Remember, individuals experiencing transition will go through an emotional process, from loss and grief, to acceptance and commitment. These