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Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Rob Ketterling, pastors' kids, pressures, beliefs, challenges, trip, ugly side of ministry, joy, zapped, dream big
Being a pastor, I have such a passion for pastors' kids. It's such a unique way to grow up—complete with unique pressures, unique benefits and unique challenges. Just like most things in life, it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, staff member, resignation, termination, pressure, church, communication, business, ministry, influence, children's leader, volunteers, personal information, generosity
Losing a staff member for any reason can be hard on you as a leader. It's a difficult process. After all, your church staff is in some ways like family! Pastors often call and ask if they need to make ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, depressing, self-imposed, scars, sufferings, perfectionism, frustration, resignation, Dorothy Hamill, gospel, mother
When showing his scars and enumerating his sufferings, Paul ends with a mention of the daily care of the Lord’s people. That was a great burden also. You don’t bleed from caring for the Lord’s flock. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fallen pastor, grace, Christians, mean, online, victorious, will, failure, self-induced pressure, sin, glory, positive feedback
I wrote recently about another fallen pastor. I shared how devastated I was at the news. I’ve been amazed at some of the rude comments I’ve received. And I love that on my blog, I can delete those comments ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, pastors, repetition, sermon points, text, animated, boredom, audience, funny, opinion, hobbyhorse, Greek, Hebrew, impress, Word of God, teaching, neglect, joke, flesh
If you want to help your hearers focus on God and think on God when they leave your sermon, here are 10 things that you cannot do: 10. Abuse repetition. There is repetition for emphasis, and then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Frank Viola, discipleship, Bible, evangelism, church, pray, accountability group, character, cross, himself, deny, temper, pressure, slander, spread, teachable, corrected, justification, rationa
If you ask most evangelical Christians what marks a true disciple of Jesus, their answers will mostly be external. They read their Bibles every day. They evangelize. They go to church. They pray daily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Women
Tags: Christian, leaders, pastors’ wives, lonely, depression, loneliness, suffer, financial, struggles, husband, complaints, children, support, moves, meanness, mean, wife
My blog, ThomRainer.com, began as a source of information for pastors, staff and other Christian leaders. I have been incredibly blessed to discover a subgroup of my readership that has much to offer: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chris Christie, Bridgegate, press conference, Phil Cooke, email, downfall, Google, police, government, courts, NSA
Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous “Bridgegate” problems. While ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, fall, America, The Harbinger, banks, economic calamities, Great Depression, 2012 presidential election, China, Russia, Obamacare, NSA, mass chaos, U.S. dollar
... by runs on banks and economic calamities), to a severe economic crisis far worse than what happened globally in 2008! All in all, most who I speak to portend a major financial correction is soon coming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Marketing
Tags: Greg Atkinson, church, Great Commission, irresistible, foundation, healthy church, first impressions, hospitality, guest relations, children's ministry
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, leadership, pressures, church, pastors, finances, internal pressure, transferred pressure, problems, peer pressure, advisers, wasted pressure, lack of discipline, personal pressure, ...
Every leader faces pressure. It’s how you handle that pressure matters. Do you attempt to avoid it and let it conquer you, or embrace it and use it to your advantage? In most situations, leadership pressure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Cantor, leadership, abuses, weaknesses, insecurities, ADHD, Dr. Michael Brown, press, adultery, friends, confidants, empowerment, struggles
I just got off the phone with a good friend. He is in a situation where the leader of his congregation is abusing the power that God has given him. As we talked about this I said, “Often a leader will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, loneliness, pastor, observations, pain, ministry, causes, giving, receiving, defensive mode, burnout, moral failure, depression
The conversation took place recently. A young man told me his dad, a pastor, recently committed suicide. He talked about the pain his father experienced in ministry as well as the intense loneliness. Though ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: Pastor, blog, Thom Ranier, writing, time, pressure, ministry, communication, relationship, visionary matters, pastoral care, outreach
The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes, I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with ... [ +++ ]
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