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Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, struggle, Sunday morning, worship, train wreck, stress, identity, Monday mornings, silence, pride, failure, presence of Jesus, limelight
When I woke up this morning, I was anxious. I didn't know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn't at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do. Every morning ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ken Winton, performance, mindset, ministry, motivation, leading, church, pastor, stressful, service, resting, immaturity, weaknesses
Are you one of the pastors operating out of a performance-based mindset? I certainly was. Sure, ministry can be stressful at times. Rather than gritting our teeth and accepting this as normal, we can let ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastor, stress, Kim Martinez, Paul, minister, burnout, Acts 19, healing, pieces of cloth, demons, reaching the masses, evangelism
You are on your way to your kid's ballgame, and you get a call. Mildred, saint of the church, was in a wreck and is at the hospital. Her family thinks you should come. No matter what you choose in this ... [ +++ ]
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 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 Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Cancer, transition, Percy McCray, prayer, optimism, stress, immune system, National Institute of Health, God Changes Your Brain, Our Journey of Hope, faith
Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, opinions, ideas, Jolt, social media, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, stress, email, blogs, tools, politics, sports, art, newspapers, TV, magazines
The world turns on the power of ideas, and yet the social media world seems very often to revolve around shallow opinions. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others encourage ... [ +++ ]
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, 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 Friday, 18 October 2013 / Communication
Tags: Perry Noble, unchurched, Leviticus, Ark of the Covenant, practical help, lives, Bible, marriage, child, job loss, financial stress
One of the major problems with the church is that it has been obsessed with answering questions that no one is asking.   People are not showing up week in and week out wanting to know what happened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Anxiety, stress, problems, responsibilities, fear God, Bible, prayer, praise, authentic
Pastor Andrew closed the door to his study and leaned against the hard wood, letting out a long breath. A ball of anxiety grew inside his mind, threatening to shut down all functions. There are times when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Women
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mother's Day, pastor, pulpit, ruined, heart, sensitivity, stress, gift, honoring
I’ve got to admit—Mother’s Day is one of the most fear eliciting, stress inducing weekends of the year for me. It’s not so much about my ineptness in selecting a gift or honoring the mother of my house—Debbie—although, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, heart surgery, alive, thankful, sleep apnea, bypass, cardiologist, widow maker, stress test
As I sit in my office contemplating the last year, I am overwhelmed by a profound sense of thanksgiving. At this time a year ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, recovering from open-heart surgery. As many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Kim Martinez, compassion, overload, stress, plan, time, away, health, teen
In the last week alone, 57 people have died in four violent events as reported by major news outlets. Every week, people in your church lose a job or a loved one or have a health incident. Every month, ... [ +++ ]
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