When a Member of Your Church Is Dying
Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms.
Still, individual states were driven by their populations to allow for the exercise of what they feel is their autonomy, freedom, and personal choice to end their suffering.
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
What Are You Leading People to Expect from Jesus?
God may not be interested in satisfying every one of our desires.
In fact, in some ways his birth and his life—and eventually his death—introduced new forms of suffering, making these people's lives more difficult than they otherwise would have been.
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. She was alone, grieving, disappointed, and suffering.
When Your Calling Feels Like Death
Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing.
world. The suffering face of Jesus on the cross had always made me feel guilty. Jesus' obedience to the Father had taken him into intense suffering. And
If A Church Isn’t Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired?
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase.
In fact it could more easily be argued that the bigger, numerically increasing New Testament churches are subject to more criticism, while the smaller, suffering churches receive greater
God’s Crowdsource in East Harlem
This church is building relationships and contributing to economic shalom by supporting local businesses.
The intention behind moving into a neighborhood can be for the simple reason that it is “up and coming,” superseding any sense of awareness of neighborhood pain and suffering.
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
Recovery Director. Instead of saying anything to women leaders today, I invite lament—the guttural, primal wail of the soul that is born of suffering and loss.
Leading in the Midst of Suffering
I’d helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge.
Leading in the Midst of Suffering. I'd helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge. What a different place to be, this other side of suffering.
Remembering Their Chains
6 Practical Ways to Support the Global Persecuted Church
Once I began to read and study Scripture through the lens of persecution and suffering (not a natural for many of us in North America), I began to see the biblical narrative in a new light.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
choose this approach, but I'm still uncomfortable, even embarrassed because it's not unusual to be suddenly disturbed by a passage of Scripture, broken by a story of suffering, or elated
The Cost of Caring
How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
tears. I was leading a support and recovery ministry at the time and felt genuine compassion for the suffering and struggles of the people in my ministry.
Helping Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Recover
How an understanding of trauma can lead to healing.
Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse. For thousands of victims suffering the aftereffects of sexual trauma, it became a trusted guide. Now, after decades of
Why I See a Counselor
Counseling helped me discover my dual nature: the put-together leader and the afraid and ashamed woman.
heal her. Then a woman who has been suffering with constant bleeding for 12 years silently works her way through the throngs of people. She comes
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
They prayed, wept with those suffering, and moved to the next waiting person. As I watched, I began to wonder, what is next for these people? How can
Ministry Is a Team Sport
Though my instinct is to isolate, I’m learning to let others carry me.
Rumor has it that he heals people, so these men come up with a plan—a kind of surprise party conspiracy. They will take the suffering paralytic to see Jesus.
The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling
Pastors must prepare to bear these burdens as they meet with parishioners.
and National Biblical Counseling Association president Sabrina Black reminds her colleagues that they have chosen to walk into another's pain and to sit with them in their suffering.
Ministry Shouldn’t Hurt
What to do when the church starts acting like an abusive boyfriend
Moreover, women in ministry may normalize pain and abuse by equating it with the suffering of Christ. They rationalize: “I'm hurting, so I must be doing something right.