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Before You Fire Your Pastor
8 guidelines to consider.
home. Pray more fervently. You are about to make a decision that will shape your church, the pastor, and the pastor's family for years to come. Make
How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation
Practical ways to care for the wounded.
of those who have had painful experiences by acknowledging the broad range of family experiences present in the congregation. Last Mother's Day our youth pastor stood up and
Want To Pastor A Church You Love? Love The Church You’re Pastoring
What if every pastor saw their church, not as a stepping-stone to something bigger, but as an investment to make with all their heart and soul?
Stepping-Stone Pastorates Are Bad for Pastors, Too. Not only is it toxic for churches when pastors treat them like stepping-stones, it's toxic for pastors too – and for the pastor's family.
A Pastor's Final Blessing
A minister to those at sea gives one last benediction.
On a regular basis, Roald reminded me that he and his wife, Ruth, prayed for my family and me. From what I'd come to know about this retired pastor, prayer was extremely important.
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
graduates beginning their ministries and for experienced pastors who must move due to a church closing, downsizing of staff, or personal family issues. Every pastor should have a plan
Pastor, How Do You Pray for Your Church?
10 ministry leaders respond.
on prayer by pastor and author Max Lucado, I was struck by his comment that the best thing he's ever done as a pastor was to recruit 100 people to pray for him and his family every day.
Funeral for a Stranger
What to do—and what to avoid—when eulogizing someone you never met.
The pastor should offer gentle but steady leadership. Most family members are too drained from mourning their loved one to plan an order of service.
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
Wayne Cordova, pastor of ministry at Crosspoint Church, in Spring Hill, Florida, has experimented with the hosts a popular “Come and See” event in the form of a family worship night
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
My schedule as a pastor fights against me. Given my already busy schedule, combined with my family commitments, it would be unwise to fill my evenings with counseling appointments
We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful
As my pastorate crumbled around me, I learned what God truly expects of us.
My family was serving in a small church plant on the west side of Indianapolis, and we unexpectedly found ourselves in conversation with a church in Florida.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
When the pastor gets caught up in success at church, more and more time goes to maintaining or increasing that success, and less and less time gets invested in marriage and family.
Go Ahead and Grin—Church Is Hilarious
Ministry is a lot more fun if you laugh at just about everything.
hung his head sheepishly and said, “Only one family that I know of.” Instead of rubbing it in that he clearly couldn't function without me, I found it amusing that the pastor's family was the
A Dying Pastor Reflects on His Legacy
With less than a month to live, Buddy Hoffman discusses the highs and lows of 40 years in ministry.
Four years ago, Buddy Hoffman, the founding pastor of the Grace Family of Churches, experienced a catastrophic aortic dissection. Doctors expected
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
Margaret Ewen Peters, a pastor in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, told me how her congregation extended Jesus The owner of the bar wasn't a family member of anyone in the church.
Burnout Is a Danger, Whatever Your Church Size
I exhausted myself trying to expand our little church, then again when I couldn’t keep up with the growth.
fully present when I was with my family. I was dropping balls left and right, and people were getting frustrated. When Embrace started, I could be everyone's personal pastor and friend
Ministry, a Family Matter
Kid, spouse, mother. My simple story of expectations and perspective.
From pastor's kid, to pastor's spouse, to the mother of a pastoring family, each life stage has brought a new angle to see ministry from. But it hasn't always been easy.
Pastor, Be Careful the Snapshots You Bring Home from Church
When things are going badly at the church, it can be hard on the pastor. But it’s often harder on our spouse.
Church LeadershipFebruary 27, 2017. Pastor, Be Careful the Snapshots You Bring Home from Church When things are going badly at the church, it can be hard on the pastor.
How Your Church Feels About Money
What counts as ‘financial wisdom’ depends on your context.
The pastor of a family-business church is also seen as the primary provider of services, much like the owner of a small business. The provider of services
How Are You Pastor, Really?
New research shows where pastors are feeling fine and where they aren't.
How Are You Pastor, Really? New research shows where pastors are feeling fine and where they aren't. David Kinnaman. findings. Family wellbeing. Two