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Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, balance, children's ministry, hours, work, technology, day off, vacation time, programs, events, slow down, home, father, husband, wife, children
Balance in work and life is a key to long-term success. We are not called to serve God for a 5-year window ... we are called to serve Him for life. For that to happen, we've got to find balance. Easier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Married
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, husband, John Wesley, responsibility, home, household, gospel, Ephesians, wife, Father of Methodism, blind spot
That statement is a sobering one for me. It’s one that all pastors and church leaders need to hear. There’s a real temptation in ministry (at least for me), to spend my time ministering to those outside ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 31 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, tragic, affair, church member, sexual encounter, wife, devotion, patterns, vulnerabilities, neglect, accountability, guidelines, counseling, prayer time, Bible reading
The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member; the student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he had ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Geoff Surratt, senior pastors, stress, staff, possibility, staff leader, There are two kinds of stress in working for a church; the stress of being in control and the stress of not being in control. ...
I heard it again today: “Only senior pastors can understand the incredible pressure a senior pastor is under.” I have no reason to doubt the statement or any way to gauge the level of stress a senior pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Cheryl Edmondson, Ron Edmondson, pastor's wife, family life, expectations, cook, choir, Bible, table of contents, church planters, freedom
I love being a pastor’s wife. It truly is who God has called me to be in this season of life. Everyday is not easy, but when I’m serving as God intended for me to serve, I’m never more fulfilled in life. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Ranier, LifeWay, confessions, broken pastor's wife, commenters, encouragement, email, nerve, good pastors, good people, good family people, priorities, spouses, vows, hurting, Timothy
I love the community that has formed on my blog. There are several people who are regular commenters; they have become a part of my blog's family, and I feel like I know them. Some of them come to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, senior pastor, kids, youth group, Laura Ortberg Turner, pastor's wife, volunteers, staff meetings, rebel, ministry, pop star
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, has some great thoughts on what it means to be (but not really be) known as a “pastor’s kid.” One takeaway is the framework she felt her parents ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Artie Davis, sucky, pastor, confession, burned out, wife, church growth, passions, visions, kids' ministry, relevant, cutting edge, pain
I have been doing some form of pastoring for almost 30 years, and I have certainly been a sucky pastor on many occasions. So, I hope you can learn from my failures and use them too. Here are seven ways ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Pastors, infidelity, adultery, wife, congregation, church, freedom, forgiveness
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has worked with ministers, their wives, elders, congregants and participants in a myriad of infidelity situations. We have seen and heard multiple stories. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, intimacy, God, Jesus, time, wife, talk, relationships, communication, pastor, trust
You can have a thriving ministry without a thriving relationship with God, but only temporarily. Anyone can fake it in the short run, but to go the distance, you need a passionate devotional life and continual ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, Body of Christ, Pastors, Christians, Conferences, Overseer, 1 Timothy, reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, ...
If you’ve been tracking my posts recently, you know that I have just returned from speaking at a conference in Australia. I understand the significance of conferences and their service to the body of Christ, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 / Deliverance
Tags: Spirit Wars, Vallotton, Wife, Pregnancy, Jesus, Wholeness, Spirit, Body, Soul
One night, exhausted from a hard week of work, I got in the bathtub to relax my tired body while my wife, Kathy, lay sick in her eighth month of pregnancy. An hour later, I started to get out of the tub. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 October 2012 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Pastor Jim Garlow, Wife, Tumors, Skyline Church, Cancer, Fighting
... Carol was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Carol’s diagnosis came just weeks before a group of pastors gathered at Skyline to organize a historic battle for traditional marriage via Proposition 8. “My wife ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 / Main
Tags: anniversary,cindy winters,first baptist church,fred winters,illinois,maryville,murder,pastor,wife
QUOTE: "I became vividly aware that our circumstances in life can change drastically and without any kind of warning. Even though my circumstances changed, the God that I know did not change. In ... [ +++ ]
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