By Paul Maxwell on Oct 24, 2016
It’s hard to disconnect our experience of God from our experience of the church — and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
By Chris Surber on Aug 25, 2018
Author Chris Surber suggests six avenues to handle the hurt and disappointment so common in pastoral ministry.
By Erik Raymond on Aug 18, 2018
Like so many blessings from God, we can elevate them to become a distraction or even an idol.
By Josh Reich on Jun 6, 2017
Let’s face it, when someone hurts us, we can brush it off and often move on. We can be tough, ignore it, deal with it or get even (although that rarely helps), but something changes when it is our spouse, kids, a close friend or a family member who is hurt. We feel powerless in that moment.
By Brian Orme on May 9, 2013
What you think about your preaching while preparing your message might be just as important as the words you say when you deliver it.
By Joseph Mattera on Dec 5, 2013
Preaching is vital to God's purposes--that's why we must get it right.
By Joe Mckeever on Mar 30, 2016
You ask the question and–this is critical–you remain standing. You are not just expressing a point of view, you are asking for answers. And you are doing so in such a sweet manner, no one can accuse you of trying to stir up anything.
By Lance Witt on Nov 14, 2016
It’s not just what you say, but how you say it.
By Josh Reich on Feb 27, 2017
You know the conversation. Someone in your church asks to meet with you, or you set up the meeting because you know they are angry at you, the church or a decision that was made.
By Rick Ezell on Mar 30, 2018
Use these methods to practically reach people suffering from real hurts, problems, doubts, fears, and anxieties gnawing at their faith.
By Sherman Cox on Feb 2, 2015
It's alright to allow your own pains and hurts to show. If Jesus could, then we can.
By Karl Vaters on Jun 16, 2017
Don’t just get the content right. Consider how it might feel to the hurting pastors who need your help the most.
By Ron Edmondson on Jul 27, 2017
"Suddenly I was feeling a stirring in my stomach. I became slightly nervous. It was a brief encounter, but I quickly realized I was being reminded of a few very painful experiences in my own leadership and life. I was recalling the emotions of betrayal."
By Josh Reich on Feb 1, 2016
The crash a pastor experiences the day after preaching can be brutal. Your whole body aches, your eyes hurt, you feel as low as you have felt all week.
By Charles Stone on Jul 28, 2016
As I enter the sixth decade of my life and reflect over the brokenness I’ve faced as a pastor, I’m beginning to see its great value. It still hurts and I’d prefer not to face it. Yet, I’m experiencing the fruit of brokenness: inner peace, joy, and a purpose that supersedes ‘ministry success.’