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Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young, pastor, mistakes, maturation, work-life balance, counsel, experience, understanding, success, serve God, passion, knowledge
If you could write a letter to yourself 10 years ago, what would you say? What would you tell yourself to focus on or shy away from? What would you tell yourself to pay attention to or to let go a little ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Respect, trust, congregation, confidence, pastors, concept, benevolent, dictator, blessing, shepherd, experience, personal contact, time, routine, sermons, administration, leadership, staff, program, ...
Elton was a new pastor of a small church up the highway from here. To call him excited is an understatement. Early in the process, Elton announced to the deacons they would hold an overnight retreat and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, failure, experience, crisis, embezzling money, pedophiles, adulterers, incompetence, attorney, advice, liability, insurance, cover up, text, honesty, public, counseling, healing, ...
During my career, I’ve dealt with many crisis situations with churches and ministries. Pastors who experience moral failings, staff members embezzling money, leaders who turn out to be pedophiles, serial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Predicament, Marsha Fisher, Inside Out Ministries, Porn to Purity, computer, authority, secret, sexual sin, destructive message, counselor
Consider this predicament: Your boss, the company CEO, has given you a high-level project. After a few months on the job, you discover that your new responsibilities involve falsifying records. Not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, role, campus pastor, multi-site church, leading, equipping, training, serving, helping, senior pastor, counseling, LifeGroups, lay leaders, community meetings
This past week, I was contacted by a minister who was getting ready to start his new role of campus pastor at a multisite church in 2014. He asked me to share with him what my week and responsibilities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, relationships, leaders, mentor, coach, counselor, father, pastor, friend, hero, mentee, Leonard Sweet, Jeanne Mayo
Being a leader is not easy. Not by a long shot. In fact, with all of the hard work and criticism we face, sometimes it can feel like a lonely, thankless job. At the same time, we were never made to go ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, perspective, friend, 1 Kings, Solomon, kingdom, Rehoboam, Israel, perception, advice, counsel, guidance, leader
Last night I was reading in 1 Kings 12 as part of my daily reading plan. This pivotal moment in a new king’s reign is interesting to investigate. I mean, we knew based upon a warning God gives to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, drained, church, vacation, pastors, staff, introvert, ministries, awareness, counseling, time, accountability
Years ago, I realized that I was different than the rest of my staff. When they took vacation, they looked for a big church to celebrate at (and learn from). I love learning from other churches. Every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Married
Tags: marriage, battle, frontline, offense, Jimmy Witcher, pastor, institution, pre-marriage counseling, children, sex, needs, in-laws
Have you ever stopped to think and seriously consider that the local church—your church—is the frontline of offense in the battle for marriage and ultimately the family? It’s a daunting thought. God instituted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 / Counseling
Tags: Christian marriages, Counseling, Ministry, Divorce, Vision
Note: This is the first of a three-part series about Christian marriages. An alarming number of Christian marriages end in divorce. What can the church do to reverse this trend? I had just started my new ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 / Main
Tags: addiction,counseling,craig gross,pornography,women,xxx church
QUOTE: “The problem is, most churches have male leadership, and if you want to pitch an event [for women dealing with sexual addiction]… they’ll say, ‘Our women don’t struggle with that.’ This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 February 2000 / Counseling
Tags: Counseling
You must proceed cautiously with certain people in your church. Just as the New Covenant holds an essential paradox ("Sin not" vs. "And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate"), so does pastoring. On one ... [ +++ ]
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