Tag: Health

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

Thom Rainier’s (@ThomRainer) #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.

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Forgiveness Has Benefits?

Forgiveness Has Benefits?

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.

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What Happened to Neil Schultz?

What Happened to Neil Schultz?

Hi. Remember me? Neil Schultz? Yes, it’s been months. There’s a story to tell here. I deeply missed you all. I missed the interactions over the phone, over Skype, over LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and email. I miss you. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you all.

Three months ago, my family and I left the church where I served as Senior Pastor. It was not pretty. In fact, it was the result of a brutal four hour long business meeting which my wife and I were uninvited from. No defense. No voice. No opportunity to lead, love or even explain. No, there were no moral (or biblical) grounds for such treatment. No immoral internet accounts or inappropriate relationships. My preaching was solid. Relationally we tried as best we could to connect. Ultimately, it was not a good fit. Rather than get revenge or retaliate, I’ve discovered it best to take the moral high ground, forgive, and move forward with a limp as best we can. They have no idea of the damage done as a result of how hard their heated, aggressive, emotionally charged vote made our life this Summer.

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Mesothelioma Survival Rates

Mesothelioma Survival Rates

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.

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How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

Do you isolate yourself because you’re a pastor? When we talk about ministry loneliness, I am directly challenging the false assumption that we should. I am a Christian serving in vocational ministry. I refer to this subject from the vantage point of “we” and “us.” I have learned to overcome ministry loneliness after years of loneliness, isolation, burnout, lack of accountability and simply hiding from others, and I want YOU to as well! For the sake and length of this post, I’ll spare you that story for now. If you are interested in hearing more about my story, I’d love to share it at another time (message me or share in comments if you’d like me to write about that).

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How Sitting is Killing Us

How Sitting is Killing Us

Is your weekly sermon prep killing you? Your ministry job may be killing you–literally. The work you do for God and to support your family may possibly remove you from them sooner than you think. This is an article on how sitting on the job reduces longevity. In other words, how sitting is killing us. There are physiological reasons why our office jobs could lead to an earlier death. To be honest, I don’t want to be “that guy” who became so lethargic and out of shape that I’m no longer fruitful and effective for the Kingdom of God.

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Defining Leadership Activity

Defining Leadership Activity

Defining Leadership Activity

So… what do YOU do? It’s a fair question most people end up asking each other in social settings. When we are in church settings however, that question can often times become more difficult to answer. How do we measure or quantify what we do? Especially when planning out a new church plant or business, or even starting a family, defining leadership activity becomes a core essential in establishing your leadership. So, church leader, what do you do? As soon as possible, define what you DO and what you DON’T DO. 

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