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Jim Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando, explains how your worst days in ministry can become the best shaper of your soul.

What motivates you to take a stand in a potentially explosive situation?

I always engage conflict when the health of the church is threatened. As a pastor, I must protect the sheep.

What runs through your mind when you consider entering a conflict?

That I'll get hateful letters, volatile phone calls, that some will leave the church. I've got to be geared up mentally and spiritually to accept that. Whatever stance I take, I will be misunderstood.

Given all the conflict you've endured, how have you kept your enthusiasm for God's work?

I recognize that often conflict in ...

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