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Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
In a year, I lost 27 pounds, resulting in a decrease in pain and 2 dress sizes. But I still dragged through each day as if there were a weight on my back.
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the loneliness. I hear it from leaders all the time. As I edited our devotional, Live Your Calling, this deep pain was at the forefront of my mind. That's why
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
Vicarious trauma is “the emotional residue of exposure [that helpers have] from working with people as they are hearing their trauma and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror
My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps
to help prevent this tragedy. Such memories bring a mixture of shame, pain, and regret—a feeling that most of us prefer to avoid. But no matter how smart
Why Doesn’t God Answer My Non-Stupid Prayers?
When you're in pain, even good, thoughtful ideas about why God sometimes doesn't answer our prayers can feel trite and fall short.
When you're in pain, even good, thoughtful ideas about why God sometimes doesn't answer our prayers can feel trite and fall short. Christian UnityMarch
The Value of a Small Church: Personalized Major League Coaching
Schools, sports and megachurches recognize the value of breaking into smaller groups for learning, coaching and relationships. So why do we devalue it in smaller churches?
I doubt if there's a small church pastor that hasn't felt the pain of those words. I was reminded of that pain while getting re-acquainted with a friend over coffee recently.
Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday
The pain of one pastor is intensified under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight, while the pain of another is ignored. Both hurt equally.
The pain of one pastor is intensified under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight, while the pain of another is ignored. Both hurt equally. Church Leadership
Did I Hear God Right?
Just because you feel like a failure doesn’t mean you weren’t called by God.
It was my hope that I would be there for the rest of my life. But at church one night, my pain became overwhelming. I looked to my husband and whispered, "I need to go. I'm not well.".
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
Cara Meredith, Writer and Speaker. My fellow women leaders, I don't need your words, but I do need you to see my pain. I need you to understand what this vote means to me.
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand
Whether you’re teaching about God’s love or sovereignty, these four steps will prepare you to teach.
She nodded in agreement and added: “My head is going in a million different directions. What about pain? What about people who've never heard the name of Jesus?
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression.
The impact on our health may include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, changes in sex drive, stomach upset
When Ministry Is Unfair
A better question than “Why me?”
this injustice? Sitting together, however, holding each other's pain, we began to move toward more helpful questions, like those suggested below. I pray
7 Keys to a Smooth Church Transition
How to make major changes without alienating your congregation.
from the past creep up, and the whispers of “We tried that already,” or “We've survived just fine, haven't we?” hum through the congregation, communicate the urgency and pain that your
5 Dumb Things Christians Must Stop Saying When Evil Strikes
When people are in pain, we need to resist the urge to speak too much. Uncomfortable silence is better than false platitudes.
When people are in pain, we need to resist the urge to speak too much. Uncomfortable Strikes When people are in pain, we need to resist the urge to speak too much.
Motherhood Changed My Image of God
When my understanding of God changed, so did my leadership.
Emily had done absolutely nothing to make me love her. In fact, she caused me much discomfort for nine months, pain at childbirth, constant exhaustion, and nonstop work.
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.
The Leadership Strength of Vulnerability
In a moment of defenselessness, my husband became a great leader.
When we own this suffering and identify with Christ's pain, rejection, and loss, we glorify God rather than shame. When we own the pain, we give our faith momentum.
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
I started by simply getting up and serving. That became my way to live from a place of victory and calling, instead of letting my spoken pain and unspoken profanity win out.
Leading in the Midst of Suffering
I’d helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge.
death. But there was something about this little guy, something that drew me in, broken pieces and all, challenging me to risk the pain of connecting again.
What Makes Your Church Your Church?
3 building blocks to help you tell your story.
According to Miller, the conflict wasn't handled well, and there was a lot of pain within the church body. While it's easier to sweep a history like this under