Thom Rainier’s (@) #podcast addresses a very painful reality that some #pastors and staff go through in the local church. No one wants this as part of their #resumé, but being forced out of a church happens. Thom gives great advice on how to navigate the waters when leaving a local church was not your idea. Listen to How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church whether you’ve walked through a similar season or not. It will be of help to you and to other staff to whom you minister.
Health preservation is a HUGE concern among church leaders. Ministry is stressful, demanding, and not natural–hint: it’s supernatural. Because we live this life in the flesh, we struggle in the space between the demands of our flesh (the traitor within) as well as the demands of others, and the life-giving Spirit of God whose grace and rest are readily accessible.
The areas of health preservation we all constantly deal in are:
- Physical health – Are you sweating profusely in the pulpit? Do team meetings often include dessert?
- Emotional health – Are you fit and ready for the emotional challenges of ministry?
- Mental health – How about polishing up on your old Greek or Hebrew notes? You’ll be surprised by the mental health benefits!
- Social/Relational health – You alone? Isolated? We’ll talk specifically more about this in our area addressing this main topic.
- Spiritual health – Jesus wants us to bear fruit, right? Apart from Him, He says we can do NOTHING. Does our daily schedule reflect that notion?
Fitness in these areas are key components to fulfilling God’s purposes. We want to help you become fruitful and effective for God’s kingdom. We want you to bear 100x fruit!
Soon, you’ll be able to click on each of these areas and gain help and insight. You’ll find inspiration, encouragement, coaching, friends on a similar path and even begin the process of healing as you seek to become more like Jesus Christ in each of these areas of health preservation.
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If you don’t know Pastor @PeteScazzero, you really need to acquaint yourself with him. His works on emotionally healthy spirituality (and its subsequent emotionally healthy leader, church, et al) are beyond impressive. This brief article on Christmas stress relief for pastors helps leaders with their top emotional problems this time of year.
His works are a breath of fresh air in a stale church sanctuary filled with self-help, Christian clichés, or useless platitudes on how to change and grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. Strangely enough, I completely relate to his church leadership challenges as he shares them in this insightful post.
I’ve added some minor additional content and additional resources in the links below, but the main article is his. I share this with you as an encouragement to focus this Christmas season on the antidotes to four of our Advent killers.Read More…
Signs of Respect Include How We Speak with Others.
Unless your boss tells you to call them by their first name, call them “Mr. So and so” or “Mrs. So and so.”
Having been in the military, I would never refer to a full bird Colonel as “hey Jeff” or “sure, Dave!” No, their rank always precedes their LAST NAME: “Yes, Colonel Smith” or “Yes, Ma’am.” Bringing those signs of respect into my home, our children are not on a first name basis with their parents or other adults. They don’t answer adults with “yeah” or “ok.” They say “yes (or no) sir” or “yes (or no) ma’am.” Read More…
Let’s take a moment to reflect and pray
What Happened to the Joy from Your Salvation? From Psalm 51 let’s hear about how to restore it!
“Restore to me the joy from your salvation and sustain in me a willing spirit.”
Will you pray with me?
O God, help us to remember what a privilege it is to be alive and to see today’s problems in the light of your love and eternal salvation, which has appeared in Jesus Christ our Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Thank you. And may God’s blessings be with you today.
Harnessing the Power of Forgiveness When You Feel Weak
Have you ever been hurt by the actions or words of someone else? Maybe your mother-in-law criticized your parenting skills, your co-worker sabotaged a project or your spouse had an affair. These wounds sting deep and can leave you feeling angry, bitter or even vengeful. Only one weapon has the power to cure both parties: the power of forgiveness.Read More…
What Every Man, His Family and Church Should Know
We’re talking about prostate cancer symptoms today, because every American church with male members above 50 years old are probably fighting this wicked problem. Pastor, I want you to be informed so you know how to minister to them. Read More…
How Fred, Ben and Asa will change the way you think about how you lead your family and church
I’ve been a self-made man for multiple decades. As a boy, I watched my amazing father navigate life on his own, and he did a great job, as he was (and still is) a great man. I watched other men who were strong, wealthy, charming, or lived great adventures and I awed at them. I idolized them. I wanted to be like them. Somewhere in my youthful ingenuity, I somehow turned into them. On the one hand, that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it has been the most crippling problem in my life as a husband, dad and pastor.Read More…
Discovering our source for heavenly grit drives our stress levels DOWN!
Where does heavenly grit come from? Do we manufacture that ourselves? What is God after? Doesn’t He pursue it with relentless determination?
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7 NIVRead More…
“Lord, I don’t know the future. But You do. I know I need to trust prayer; that You hear me. If You want me to stand up, please help me stand courageously. If You want me to sit still, please help me to sit peacefully. If You want me to lay down, please help me lay patiently. If You want me to wait, please help me wait expectantly, valiantly and wisely. I’ll do what You want. I’m Yours. I may not know the outcomes, but You do. I trust You. Amen.”Read More…
Why Church Leaders Should Care About Mesothelioma Survival Rates
Before we discuss this important topic of mesothelioma survival rates, please allow me to explain why this topic is being covered on a church leaders campfire blog post. The elderly comprise a large population in American churches today. Through which time period did they live in American history which affected millions of homes and are a main cause for insurance claims (medical insurance and home owner’s insurance) these past few decades? The answer and more after the Read More button.Read More…