struggle

Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, sin, root, appeal, Gateway, Austin, behavior, struggle, Frank Laubach, experience, selfish
I’ll never forget a quote by a guy who joined Gateway’s recovery group. He had just found faith earlier that year and had been growing to experience this moment-by-moment life with God. When asked what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
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, 27 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, King David, God's own heart, leadership, stress, organizations, employees, budgets, Psalm 3, sin, struggle, pain, victory, motivate, odds
Leadership these days is tougher than ever, it seems. Times are hard, and organizations are stressed. Employees are stretched, and budgets are tight. Loyalty is rare, and everything is changing at a rocket ... [ +++ ]
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, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, unchurched, overchurched, African-American, white, high school students, racism, struggles, God, stereotypes, skin color, shallow, Christ, Aslan Youth
I need to begin with context. Our ministry is a multisite urban youth ministry. We work with a mix of “churched,” “unchurched,” “dechurched” and “overchurched” students. Our students are primarily African-American. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Jay Dennis, pink elephant, pornography, struggles, Christian men, temptation, sin, repentance, computer, Internet filtering, software
Pastor, there are two truths I want to share: (1) Many of your fellow pastors are personally struggling with pornography and; (2) pastors must address the issue of pornography among the people they lead. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, ministry, assignment, door, God, vocational ministry, success, struggle, opportunity, surrender
How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another? I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently, so I decided to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church leaders, struggle, prayer, fixers, ritual, relationship, broken, Word, hope, gospel, Jesus
John, a leader in a church I assisted as a consultant, admitted to me what I’d heard before from seminary students and church leaders alike: “Dr. Lawless, I don’t always pray like I should. I know better, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, mutilation, cigarette lighter, scars, emotional, internal, psychological, immoral, Jesus, struggles
Her name was Randy. She was working in a fast food restaurant in her mid-teens when I met her. Apart from her nametag, she blended in with the rest of the people she worked with. Same uniform, average ... [ +++ ]
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