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When the Path to Ministry Is an Obstacle Course
What if the things that seem to get in the way of ministry actually qualify us for it?
Trying to fit what felt like a tidal wave of calling into that tiny box of limitations brought real confusion and pain, which not only affected my sense of calling, but also my whole sense of
When People Leave: The Private Pain Of The Small Church Pastor
Even if the church is large and growing, it can be hard when people leave. But when the church is small, each loss is much more painful.
Christian UnityJanuary 19, 2018. When People Leave: The Private Pain Of The Small Church Pastor They deal with some serious pain when they finally make the decision to go.
Learn to appreciate each other’s gifts for a healthy ministry and marriage.
My husband and I learned through trial, pain, and suffering how to appreciate the gifts, talents, and abilities God has embedded in each of us, miraculously avoiding the death of our
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing.
Being in pain will cause us to do things we normally would not do. The pain becomes so great we resort back to what didn't work before, hoping for a different result.
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
Sitting comfortably on a back row of a worship center, unnoticed and safe in my own self-pity, seemed a more enticing option than working through my pain.
The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling
Pastors must prepare to bear these burdens as they meet with parishioners.
I have to live my life at home today and then deal with their struggles in the office tomorrow. I have to leave their pain at the foot of the cross.”. Challenge 3: Listening to people's pain.
I Discipled a Murderer
When people don't change, are our efforts in vain?
I told him about the pain I had experienced, and about a God who walked with me every step of the way. It was a pain I had never felt before. Was he in heaven? Was this God's will?
Feeling the ‘Ugh’ at Christmastime
Can your church be honest about heartache this Advent?
No parent wants her kids to feel pain. I was tempted to distract from the turmoil and pain by putting on a Christmas movie, but ultimately I restrained myself.
Counseling Others When You Have Your Own "Me Too" Story
How to walk alongside sexual assault victims when you’ve been a victim yourself
handle it the way we did. There's nothing to gain from comparing another woman's story—or the depth of her pain—to our own. Similarly, we can't assume
When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing.
I cried whenever I divulged the truth of that awful meeting. Finally, feeling like I would never fully thrive unless I worked through the pain, I turned to a therapist.
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.
That Discussion You’re Dreading Is a Ministry Opportunity
How to dive into crucial conversations without clamming up or lashing out.
didn't say that. As important as they are, crucial conversations cause those of us in ministry angst, pain, and emotional drain. The term crucial conversations
What About Those Sheep-Stealing Megachurches?
Megachurches keep getting bigger while small churches seem to struggle more than they used to. It's easy to think one is causing the other.
(A phenomenon commonly called sheep-stealing or sheep swapping.). Most of these questions come from a place of frustration and pain. Sometimes that pain has turned to anger.
Find Your Prophetic Voice
First steps you can take to learn to speak out against injustice
When I can tell them my experience and ask them to feel my pain and lament with me, it takes the issue from simply being a concept to being a real issue that affects real lives.
When a Member of Your Church Is Dying
Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms.
We've developed supposedly rational social policy based on our fears of dying, pain, and suffering. She doesn't have long to live, and morphine would help her cope with the pain.
Join Our Summer Study Group
Meet with women from across the country for community, encouragement, and discussion.
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
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.
In October of 2016, Buddy received an epidural steroid injection to relieve pain from a ruptured, bulging disk in his back. The kingdom is bigger than any momentary pain.
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