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Staying Alive

One of Leadership's advisers confessed to us recently: "When I was young, I was filled with energy and joy, but now I have to work on stimulating them both." What is it about ministry that sometimes works against spiritual vitality? At this year's National Pastors Convention, we gathered a panel to explore the mysteries of sustaining spiritual vigor amid ministry.

Vernon Grounds has been in ministry since 1934, for the past 50 years at Denver Seminary as dean, president, and now chancellor. He continues an active counseling ministry.

Erwin McManus is pastor of Mosaic, an innovative and international church in Los Angeles.

Ben Patterson is campus pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Previously he planted a Presbyterian church in Irvine, California, and pastored in New Jersey.

Sheila Walsh is a singer and author, a former co-host of the 700 Club and now a speaker with Women of Faith.

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